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Judge to consider suspending Idaho's abortion reporting law

Sep. 18, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Lawyers are asking a U.S. judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking a new Idaho law requiring doctors to report extensive personal information to the state about women who have had abortions. The law, which took effect July 1, requires health care providers to disclose...

Campaigns crank up to press lawmakers on abuse lawsuits bill

Sep. 18, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general and several lawmakers began ramping up efforts to apply public pressure Tuesday ahead of a debate in the state Legislature over giving victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to file civil lawsuits. Tuesday's events at opposite ends of...

Can allegation against Kavanaugh lead to criminal charges?

Sep. 18, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have been calling on the FBI to investigate a woman's claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. What they're asking for, though, isn't a criminal investigation that could lead to charges. Instead, they want the...

Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations

Sep. 17, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania's eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse allegations. The lawsuit filed Monday in Pittsburgh...

Maryland suit seeks to protect US health law from 'sabotage'

Sep. 13, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration for recurring efforts he says are intended to dismantle the national health care law and chase people away from coverage. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Maryland comes as...

Prep school grad convicted of sex assault wants new trial

Sep. 13, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With the family of his accuser looking on, a graduate of an elite New England prep school who was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting his female classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest took his bid for a new trial to the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday. The parents...

Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope

Sep. 12, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges. The two people told The...

Prosecutors won't charge Backstreet Boy Nick Carter

Sep. 11, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors declined to file charges Tuesday against Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys after a singer reported last year that she had been raped in 2003. The woman, Melissa Schuman of the group Dream, was 18 at the time, meaning the statute of limitations for prosecution had expired in...

Republicans lack votes _ and appetite _ to end 'Obamacare'

Sep. 11, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year. It could well be...

Bolton: International Criminal Court 'already dead to us'

Sep. 11, 2018 7:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court came to a crashing halt as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan....