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Young adults sue for right to carry guns in Minnesota

Jun. 09, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three young adults have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Minnesota's minimum age of 21 to carry a gun is unconstitutional. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Kristin Worth, Austin Dye and Axel Anderson filed...

Released California sex offender charged with molesting boys

Jun. 08, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

TULARE, Calif. (AP) — A registered sex offender who was freed after a judge said his right to a speedy trial was violated by a 17-year delay has been charged with sexually abusing two children in California's Central Valley. Jorge Vasquez was charged with eight counts...

Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

Apr. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators or institutions that did not prevent it when it...

Families, doctors urge Alabama to reject trans treatment ban

Apr. 20, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state’s governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors. ...

Former Oregon U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse dies at age 84

Apr. 20, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Elizabeth Furse, who represented northwestern Oregon in Congress for three terms in the 1990s, has died from complications related to a fall, her former husband said. She was 84 and died Sunday, said John Platt. The...

State House advances 2-year child sex abuse lawsuit window

Apr. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House approved a bill Wednesday to establish a two-year window for civil claims over childhood sexual abuse, part of a belt-and-suspenders approach that also includes a potential constitutional amendment. The proposal was sent to...

US envoy talks migration with El Salvador, VP calls Mexico

Apr. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A U.S. envoy arrived in El Salvador on Wednesday for talks on immigration amid a surge of child migrants on the U.S. border. The U.S. delegation was led by Ricardo Zúñiga, the newly named special envoy for the Northern Triangle...

Arizona House OKs bill banning abortion for genetic issues

Apr. 01, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Thursday approved a sweeping abortion bill that makes it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy because the child has a survivable genetic abnormality and imposes a raft of other provisions Democrats contend unnecessarily add...

Man pleads guilty in attack on Black teen at Michigan beach

Mar. 31, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A white man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime after a Black teen was attacked in a southeastern Michigan park and hit in the face with a bicycle lock. Lee Mouat, 43, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit and is scheduled to...

Pakistani court commutes death sentence, after 23 years

Mar. 29, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s top court on Monday commuted the death sentence of a convict who had spent 23 years on death row, after determining he had committed the crime while still a minor, his defense lawyer said. The Supreme Court's ruling was hailed by...