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Legislator, superintendent at odds over vouchers backlog

Jul. 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican state representative and Arizona's Democratic superintendent of public instruction are sparring over a backlog of pending applications from families for private school tuition vouchers. Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley accuses the state Department of Education overseen by...

California utility customers sue over wildfire law

Jul. 19, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Pacific Gas & Electric customers want the federal judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy to strike down a new California law that Gov. Gavin Newsom has championed as a way of shoring up the state's major electric utilities in the face of disastrous wildfires. A lawsuit...

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement

Jul. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home. U.S....

LA County to pay $53M over strip searches of female inmates

Jul. 16, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will pay $53 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged tens of thousands of women were given invasive group strip searches at a jail, according to court filings Tuesday. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of former inmates who said they were placed in...

Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

Jul. 16, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. "We are not going to...

Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond in sex case

Jul. 16, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. "If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999...

Portland sued over Superfund site cleanup efforts

Jul. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers' sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports it's the second lawsuit challenging the use of funds collected by the...

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The...

Florida church pays $7.2M in medical debt in 5 counties

Jul. 14, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida church is spending more than $7 million to pay off the medical debt for 6,500 people. The congregation at Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand took a special offering last month to help pay off medical debt for low-income residents in the area. The 2018-2019 year was 53 Sundays...

The Latest: Gloria Allred pleased R. Kelly may face justice

Jul. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sex crimes case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4 p.m. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred says she is pleased that federal authorities have charged singer R. Kelly in Chicago and New York with sex crimes, and she says "justice, which is long overdue for his...