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Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Supreme Court to hold 'On the Road' session in Windham

Oct. 12, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is going to hold its latest "On the Road" series at Windham High School. The court will hear oral arguments at the school on Oct. 16. The case that will be heard is the State v. Christina A. Hill, regarding the interpretation of the state's new bail...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

US appeals court skeptical of Trump's Medicaid work rules

Oct. 11, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday sharply questioned the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients, casting doubt on a key part of a governmentwide effort to place conditions on low-income people seeking taxpayer-financed assistance. All three judges on a panel of...

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

Oct. 9, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial kickbacks...

Court date set over Idaho lawmakers, treasurer office space

Oct. 8, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho legislative leaders have filed a civil lawsuit against the treasurer over the use of office space at the state capitol building. An Oct. 31 hearing was scheduled to decide if state Treasurer Julie Ellsworth could stay in the capitol building, The Idaho Press reported . Ellsworth...

Court ruling could make it harder for abused minors to sue

Oct. 7, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Supreme Court ruling could make it harder for juveniles molested by state officials to sue their abusers. In Monday's unanimous decision, the court said five men who said they were sexually abused as youths at a juvenile detention center can't sue the state because they waited...

Clergy sex abuse victims call for changes to Connecticut law

Oct. 6, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates and victims of clergy sex abuse are calling for changes to Connecticut's statute of limitations law. The Hartford Courant reports that victims hope the recent release of a report critical of Bridgeport church leaders' response to clergy abuse will aid their fight to change...