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Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people. While lawmakers are...

Tangier Island man gets 1 year for overharvesting oysters

Aug. 22, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A waterman from Tangier Island has been sentenced to a year in prison for overharvesting oysters. Forty-four-year-old Gregory Parks pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Norfolk to harvesting 38 bushels of oysters in excess of daily limits while working between January...

Yeshiva University hit with sexual abuse lawsuit

Aug. 22, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-eight former students of an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City operated by Yeshiva University sued Thursday over claims they were molested by two prominent rabbis in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges that the university failed...

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Aug. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates on Thursday sued Missouri's top election official, alleging his actions and state laws denied them the right to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote. No Bans on Choice Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union sought...

Cooper vetoes North Carolina billboard relocation bill

Aug. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to let billboard companies relocate their signs more easily when the land on which they stand is condemned for a highway or other project has been vetoed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. The measure got final legislative approval earlier this month, after some...

California wildfire victims could get solar exemption

Aug. 22, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California homeowners forced to rebuild because of a wildfire or other natural disaster would not have to install solar panels under a bill that has cleared the state Legislature. California is the first state in the country to require new homes to install solar panels. The new...

Democrats call for a Senate vote on elections reform package

Aug. 22, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic congressmen held an event Thursday in Rhode Island to try to pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into allowing a vote on a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package. Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, who is the bill's main...

Pritzker signs new law raising teacher pay to $40,000

Aug. 22, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation raising teachers' minimum salary to $40,000 over four years to address a statewide shortage of classroom leaders. The current minimum teacher salary ranges from only $9,000 to $11,000. The new law signed by Pritzker Thursday raises...

Wisconsin governor calls GOP concerns over gun bills 'BS'

Aug. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The argument from Republicans and gun-rights advocates that universal background checks and "red flag" laws will lead to the repeal of the Second Amendment right to bear arms is "frankly BS," Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday. Evers called Republican arguments against the bills...

New school transgender rules fire debate in Portugal

Aug. 22, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — New rules on gender identity at schools are causing a stir in Portugal, where some parents are expressing alarm that transgender children will be able to choose which bathroom they use. Right-of-center opposition politicians chided the center-left Socialist government for the rules...