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Ohio bill would erase time limits, loophole in cases of rape

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said...

Judge reconsiders some sentences in 1995 Roanoke firebombing

Nov. 15, 2019 2:53 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A judge is recalculating prison sentences for four men convicted in a 1995 firebombing of a convenience store in Roanoke, Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports the men, incarcerated for 22 years, had their sentences slashed to less than time served in September to reflect revised federal...

Long Island Catholic diocese challenges NY Child Victims Act

Nov. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Catholic officials on Long Island have filed a legal challenge arguing that the Child Victims Act that loosened statutes of limitations on molestation cases violates the New York state constitution. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville said in a court filing Tuesday that a provision of...

Louisiana elections chief draws questions about Trump rally

Nov. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana secretary of state's appearance at President Donald Trump's rally is raising questions about whether he's run afoul of state law barring the chief elections official from most political activity. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appeared last week at Trump's Monroe rally...

Italian insurer Generali seeks art market leadership

Nov. 12, 2019 12:31 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian insurer Generali launched a new business Tuesday to cover art works, engaging as a poster boy the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan, whose gold-covered statute valued at 2.4 million euros ($2.6 million) was stolen last year from an English castle. Cattelan declined to discuss the...

Judge: Georgia boarding school sex abuse suit can go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 6:06 AM EST

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Georgia boarding school and a former teacher accused of sexually abusing students there decades ago. News outlets report Judge Adele Grubbs rejected the Darlington School's request to dismiss a suit filed by 17 former students who...

A loophole in Florida's Wrongful Death Act

Nov. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — On Aug. 2, less than a month after his 51st birthday, Gerald Giannillo, a longtime and much-loved massage therapist at the Longboat Key Club, checked in at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for surgery to repair an aneurysm and leaking heart valve caused by a hereditary condition. Eighteen...

School district to pay $9M to trainer's sex assault victims

Nov. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An eastern Montana school district has reached a $9 million settlement after 32 men sued saying they were sexually abused by an athletic trainer under the guise of improving their athletic ability, the school and the plaintiffs announced Wednesday. The lawsuit filed in September 2018...

The Latest: Affirmative action referendum losing

Nov. 5, 2019 11:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on an affirmative action ballot measure in Washington state (all times local): 8:31 p.m. A measure that reinstates the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities was losing in early returns. Tuesday's vote on...

Abortion rights groups fight 13 Minnesota laws at once

Oct. 31, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Abortion rights groups are challenging more than a dozen Minnesota laws in one legal effort, arguing that the state's restrictions are medically unnecessary and legally flawed. A coalition of groups on Wednesday urged Ramsey County District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan to let its case...