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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...

Audit faults oversight of state-owned residential properties

Dec. 6, 2019 11:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hasn't properly tracked all state-owned residential properties that are leased to state employees such as park rangers and University of Wisconsin faculty, an audit released Friday found. The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said that mismanagement...

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...

California rent control advocates try again on 2020 ballot

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group behind a failed 2018 rent control measure is trying again for a ballot initiative next year, even after California lawmakers limited rent increases as one attempt to blunt the state’s housing affordability crisis. The housing advocacy division of the AIDS Healthcare...

Upstate NY police say they won't enforce anti-harassment law

Dec. 5, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in an upstate New York county say they will not enforce a controversial new law that makes it a crime to annoy a police officer. The Monroe County bill makes threatening, harassing or annoying police officers or emergency responders a crime punishable by...

Waverly man charged under Nebraska's new `revenge porn' law

Dec. 5, 2019 9:06 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A southeastern Nebraska man has been charged under a new law that makes it a crime to post pornographic images of others without their permission or to use the images for blackmail. Hayden Butcher, 19, of Waverly, was in Lancaster County Court on Wednesday after being charged under...

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...

Liberals protest as conservative legislative group gathers

Dec. 4, 2019 8:23 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Conservative lawmakers gathering in Arizona Wednesday for a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council were greeted with protests and a lawsuit. The council, known as ALEC, has faced growing scrutiny over the model legislation shared at its conferences, which critics...

California governor blames Trump for delayed homeless aid

Dec. 4, 2019 8:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration for withholding data needed to release $650 million in state aid to combat homelessness. California's cities and counties have been waiting since June for the money approved by the Legislature. But state law says...

Senate confirms controversial federal judge for Missouri

Dec. 4, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed a St. Louis County attorney known for her opposition to abortion and support for religious rights to a federal judgeship in St. Louis. Sarah Pitlyk's appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri came despite the...