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The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar told The...

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

McCollum emerges as strong critic of Israeli policy

Aug. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Betty McCollum has said that she is pro-Israel and supports Israel as a key U.S. ally. But she is different from other members of Congress in her consistent, vocal criticism of Israeli human rights abuses. Israel's staunchest critic in Congress is from Minnesota. She has spent years...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

The Latest: Philly police: Gunman had AR-15, handgun

Aug. 15, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the standoff in Philadelphia that injured six police officers (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Philadelphia's police commissioner says a gunman who barricaded himself in a rowhouse and exchanged gunfire with police for hours had a military-style AR-15 and a handgun. Richard...

California bill updates transgender students' school records

Aug. 15, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California school districts would be required to update their records to reflect the names and genders of graduates who have changed them since getting their diplomas under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Thursday. The measure they sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom is intended to...

Bill calls for DNR to sell bug spray to prevent Lyme disease

Aug. 15, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Griffin Austin was an 11-year-old kid two years ago, spending his days outside playing second base, shooting hoops and fishing. Then he started noticing he couldn't keep up with his friends. He kept feeling tired until one day after basketball practice he couldn't walk. The Verona boy...

The Latest: Lawmakers urge panel to make DNR sell bug spray

Aug. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would require the state Department of Natural Resources to sell insect repellent in all state parks and forests (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Insect repellent would have to be sold at all Wisconsin state parks and forests under a bill moving through the...

Schools meet 'In God We Trust' requirement with $1 bill

Aug. 14, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A new state law requires Kentucky public schools to display the motto "In God We Trust," and one school district has responded with framed copies of a $1 bill. Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday that all schools in the district have been...