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President Donald Trump speaks to attorney Alan Dershowitz, right, as he arrives for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Crime required for impeachment? Not so, say legal experts

Jan. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense hinges largely on arguments made in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson more than 150 years ago: that impeachment requires a crime. But most legal scholars disagree, including Jonathan Turley, the law professor called by Republicans in the...

Utah tax law repeal supporters say measure will go to ballot

Jan. 22, 2020 11:33 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of an effort to overturn recent changes to Utah's tax laws collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot, they said. The tax reform package passed last month in a special state legislative session reduces income taxes while raising sales tax on food,...

Panel endorses Indiana ban on drivers using handheld phones

Jan. 22, 2020 10:58 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A push to combat distracted driving with a ban on the use of handheld cellphones has cleared it first hurdle toward becoming the law in Indiana. An Indiana House committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the bill making cellphone use by all motorists illegal unless they are...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Herald-Dispatch on a county's upcoming vote that could declare it a “Second Amendment sanctuary": On Jan. 23, the Cabell County Commission will decide whether to follow the lead of Putnam County, the town of Fort Gay and 400 other counties,...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Lee not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 5:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

Tax filing season to kick off next week in Virginia

Jan. 22, 2020 4:34 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tax season is set to kick off in Virginia. Beginning Monday, residents can file Virginia individual income tax returns. In a news release, the state Department of Taxation reminded residents that due to changes in federal tax law, the Virginia standard deduction has increased for 2019...

In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, activists shout slogans during a protest in front of Assam House against the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state of Assam, in New Delhi, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

Jan. 21, 2020 8:08 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Tilli Buchanan, left, sits in court with Randy Richards, right, her attorney, during deliberations in a case where Buchanan was charged with criminal lewdness involving a child, in Salt Lake City. Judge Kara Pettit refused on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law in a blow to Buchanan who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home. Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include women’s breasts in American society, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home

Jan. 21, 2020 7:52 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge refused to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home. Judge Kara Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include...

Florida lawmakers weigh raising age for smoking, vaping

Jan. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Raising alarm over the boom in e-cigarettes among young people, Florida lawmakers Tuesday moved to raise the age limit on tobacco products from 18 to 21. At least 18 other states now have laws setting the minimum age for vaping at 21, and efforts are underway in the remaining...

Legislation to legalize hemp in Idaho introduced in Senate

Jan. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Growing hemp would be legal in Idaho under proposed legislation introduced Tuesday. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the bill brought forward by Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon. The legislation aims to align state law with federal law...