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Alabama Confederate statue law to stay in effect amid appeal

Feb. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law that prohibits cities from removing Confederate monuments will remain in effect while the state appeals a judge's ruling that declared the statute constitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. Justices granted the request of Attorney General Steve Marshall...

APNewsBreak: Allred contacted authorities about R Kelly tape

Feb. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Gloria Allred told The Associated Press Friday she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Allred, who...

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Feb. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the...

Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly

Feb. 14, 2019 10:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday that he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Avenatti said the video is not the same evidence used in Kelly's 2008 trial, when he was acquitted on child pornography charges. CNN,...

NY gives sex abuse victims more time to sue, press charges

Feb. 14, 2019 5:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday long-sought legislation that gives the victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. The law known as the Child Victims Act loosens one of the nation's tightest statutes of...

Spanish child sex abuse victims demand legal changes

Feb. 14, 2019 10:52 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish campaigners on Thursday delivered a petition with more than half a million signatures to the national parliament in Madrid demanding an extension of the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases. Many alleged child abusers in church, state and sports institutions have gone...

Fairfax accuser to detail allegations to Boston prosecutors

Feb. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in Boston nearly 15 years ago will meet with prosecutors to discuss her allegations, her attorney said Wednesday. Vanessa Tyson will meet with members of the Suffolk County district attorney's office to detail her...

Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resign

Feb. 8, 2019 11:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too. Top Democrats, including a...

US attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site

Feb. 6, 2019 4:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city's opioid problem. The lawsuit pits U.S. Attorney William McSwain's stance on safe injection sites against those of...

Former inmate says ex-guard forced her to perform sex act

Feb. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman testified Tuesday that a prison guard known as "Pretty Boy George" coerced her into performing a sex act on him while he stood outside her cell at a scandal-ridden Pennsylvania prison nearly a decade ago. George McHale, 51, is the first of seven former guards to head to trial...