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Court reinstates challenge to 'habitual drunkard' law

Jul. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit challenging an unusual Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as "habitual drunkards" was reinstated by a deeply divided federal appeals court Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the challenge to Virginia's so-called...

Trump abortion rule prompts exit at family planning program

Jul. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's ban on taxpayer-funded family planning clinics referring women for abortions prompted a major provider in Maine to announce Tuesday it is dropping out of the program after nearly 50 years. Others may follow. "It is objectionable that the federal government is so...

Rights group says civilians pay human cost of Yemen's war

Jul. 16, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Yemeni human rights group says civilians are paying the human cost of the country's five-year war. In a report Tuesday released in Paris, Mwatana for Human Rights says humanitarian aid has been blocked at a time of impending famine and civilians can no longer move around the country freely...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The...

Catholic Charities hopes to open facility for homeless

Jul. 15, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Catholic Charities Eastern Washington wants to build a 50-unit apartment building in Pasco, Washington, to serve the area's most vulnerable residents — those who have been homeless for a year or longer. The Spokane-based religious organization is teaming with Pasco's Hot...

University of Alaska, Anchorage, shelter prepare for cuts

Jul. 15, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State budget cuts have University of Alaska officials anticipating the possibility of program and staff reductions, while Anchorage's largest homeless shelter will cut its hours and services, reports said. The university Board of Regents will decide Monday whether to take the...

Unwieldy TennCare system confused officials, led to purge

Jul. 15, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A newspaper investigation says the unwieldy paperwork system behind Tennessee's low-income health insurance program caused thousands of children to lose coverage. The Tennessean investigation says late, incomplete and unreturned paperwork made it difficult for TennCare to determine...

City council rejects call to move homeless off the streets

Jul. 14, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city council has rejected a call supported by local businesses for a "no loitering" ordinance designated to move the homeless off the streets. The Times-Argus reports local landlord David Kelley's call was dismissed by Montpelier City Council on Wednesday. After consulting...

Montpelier rejects ban on panhandling

Jul. 14, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Montpelier has voted against a measure to ban panhandling in the city. The Times Argus reports that business owners have complained about people panhandling and hanging out outside their stores and restaurants. One business owner says a surveillance camera has...

Slain Canadian-Somali journalist Nalayeh a trailblazer

Jul. 13, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — As bombings and attacks rocked the African nation of Somalia in recent years, Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Nalayeh found what she believed was a higher calling: Showcasing the hidden beauty of her homeland and its people. On Twitter, she shared posts featuring marine life...