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10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 10, 2019 6:31 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO DO Unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump — for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 2. IG REPORT ON RUSSIA PROBE MIXED The Justice...

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

Dec. 9, 2019 6:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. The “God. Family. Guns” rally was...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...

Court: Landlords can be liable for racially harassed tenants

Dec. 6, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Landlords can be held liable in limited circumstances under federal law when a tenant racially harasses another tenant, a federal appeals court said Friday. In the 2-to-1 split decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said landlords can be liable if it is proved they refused to...

Panel calls for Virginia to purge dozens of old racist laws

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the...

Across Capitol Hill, impeachment saga shifts

Dec. 5, 2019 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A different chairman. A committee twice the size. A shift from evidence to law. Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing was full of signs that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is advancing away from the drama of his Ukraine conduct toward the grave business of approving...

Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who "made a mistake in life." Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in...

New Hampshire voting law on trial, just weeks before primary

Dec. 3, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Ten weeks before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, challengers of a state law that requires additional documentation for voters to register testified Tuesday that it has created confusion and intimidation, while supporters said the changes increase...

The Latest: Felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on court case seeking to restore voting rights to Mississippi felons (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A key advocate for restoring voting rights to felons in Mississippi says he’s fighting to restore his rights as a “human being.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after...

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers were previously convicted sex offenders. Yet only one victim got a...