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Senators talk expanded gun background checks, red flag laws

May. 27, 2022 05:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is considering how Congress should respond to the horrific shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, restarting gun control talks that have broken down many times before. Aware of the difficulty of their task, the...

Court declines to disturb Lake Michigan beach access ruling

May. 26, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to disturb an Indiana Supreme Court ruling, later codified into Indiana law, which declared that Lake Michigan's shoreline is — and always has been — owned by the state for the public’s use. In Wednesday's 3-0 decision,...

Mexico: If raped, minors can abort without parents' consent

May. 24, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an underage girl can get an abortion without parental consent if she had been raped. The court ruled that it was not necessary to have filed a crime report about the rape; the victim only has to swear she was raped. ...

New York opens window for adults to sue for sexual assault

May. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will temporarily set aside its time limit for adults who were sexually assaulted to bring lawsuits under a law signed Tuesday — a measure similar to one for child victims that sparked a surge of court actions. The Adult Survivors Act signed by Gov....

Ex-forensic official loses bid to toss corpse abuse charges

May. 24, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss corpse abuse charges against a former state forensic investigator accused of improperly handling two bodies on separate occasions. The judge rejected defense arguments that the indictment against James Schaeffer-Patton...

Wisconsin's high court broadens who can carry concealed guns

May. 20, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A disorderly conduct conviction can't disqualify someone from obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a unanimous decision that could dramatically broaden who can carry hidden firearms, knives and stun guns. ...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

May. 17, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 16, 2022. Editorial: Break up this abusive football cartel The outright duplicity that guided the words and actions of Rams owner Stan Kroenke and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, were widely assumed but...

US judge: Man falsely arrested by Louisiana sheriff's office

May. 16, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agent was illegally arrested in 2019 after criticizing a Louisiana sheriff's office's investigation of a still-unsolved shooting death, a federal judge has ruled. Jerry Rogers Jr. filed a civil rights lawsuit in early 2020, claiming false arrest and...

Mississippi revises eviction law that judge called 'absurd'

May. 15, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has revised its landlord-tenant law to give renters time to gather their belongings from a home before being forced to leave, after a federal judge ruled that the previous law was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills wrote in his...

Utah AG memo: School book removal can violate 1st Amendment

May. 14, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Supreme Court has long recognized that students have their own First Amendment rights in school. Removing books from school libraries, as some parent groups and individuals in Utah have pushed local school boards and administrators to do this school year...