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Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

Aug. 8, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Months after Kentucky relaxed its gun laws, some lawmakers want to shift the focus to a proposal meant to keep guns away from people deemed as threats to themselves or others. The bipartisan proposal, still being crafted for next year, was touted by a trio of state senators Thursday...

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent

Aug. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of...

Alaska Native villages get $5M to combat rural violence

Jul. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rural Alaska Native villages will receive nearly $5 million from the U.S. Justice Department to combat numerous public safety problems, including no law enforcement presence in some communities, the agency announced Tuesday. The award comes nearly two months after Attorney General...

Dubai ruler, princess in London court over welfare of kids

Jul. 30, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The estranged wife of Dubai's ruler applied for protective orders in a British court Tuesday using laws intended to safeguard victims of forced marriages and domestic abuse, while the sheikh's lawyers requested that their two children be quickly returned to Dubai. Princess Haya, 45, asked for...

US moves to limit asylum for threatened family members

Jul. 29, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Immigrants who fear persecution because of their family ties will no longer be eligible for asylum, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday. Barr, who has power to overturn immigration court rulings as head of the Department of Justice, argues not all family units are necessarily...

Benches created in memory of domestic violence victim

Jul. 28, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — After Erica Owen was killed in her home last summer, and a man she had a protective order against was charged with murder in her death, Owen's family wanted to do something to keep her memory alive and to encourage victims of domestic violence to escape from abusers. Martina Billings,...

Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in Georgia

Jul. 18, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A man who had a history of domestic violence with his live-in girlfriend killed her and her three young children, including an infant, at a Georgia apartment complex where they lived, police said Thursday. Police found the bodies of 29-year-old Jerrica Spellman and her children, ages 1...

The Latest: Police: Suspect in family slayings was boyfriend

Jul. 18, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of a Georgia woman and her three young children (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A Georgia police chief says a suspect charged with killing a woman and her three young children was the woman's live-in boyfriend, and likely the children's father. Police found...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...

Russia outraged by case of sisters who killed abusive father

Jul. 5, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One evening last summer, Mikhail Khachaturyan decided that his living room wasn't tidy enough, so he summoned his three teenage daughters one by one and doused each with pepper spray. Such violence and abuse was not unusual in the Khachaturyan household, according to court records. But Maria,...