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The Latest: 'Militia threat' shuts down Oregon statehouse

Jun. 21, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans to protest legislation to address climate change (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A "possible militia threat" is shutting down the Oregon statehouse amid an ongoing walkout by Republican lawmakers who are blocking a vote on landmark...

Big accomplishments of the 2019 New York legislative session

Jun. 21, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key accomplishments of the New York state Legislature during its 2019 session, which ended Friday: MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION: After legalization efforts faltered, lawmakers instead voted to eliminate criminal penalties for using or possessing up to 2...

Sex abuse lawsuit deadlines extended by North Carolina House

Jun. 19, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members have backed overwhelmingly a longer period of time for victims of child sexual abuse to sue perpetrators for damages as adults. The measure now heading to the Senate following Wednesday's vote of 104-10 extends the statute of limitations for a victim from...

2 Kansas men 'collateral damage' in gun control dispute

Jun. 16, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The unregistered gun silencers, each stamped "Made in Kansas, were arranged in a display case at a military surplus store in a rural Kansas town. Beside them was a copy of a Kansas gun law signed a year earlier by then-Gov. Sam Brownback that purports to prevent federal prosecution of...

Wyoming lawmakers consider costs for charter school upkeep

Jun. 13, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming legislators are considering changes to prevent double payments for maintenance and utility costs at charter schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Legislature's Select Committee on School Facilities discussed possible corrections to a funding statute in Casper...

Man says he abused 16 to 18, now wants identity shielded

Jun. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who told a grand jury investigating child sex abuse that he had victimized 16 to 18 people, but who couldn't be prosecuted because the cases were too old, is now seeking to keep his name and any other identifying information from being made public. Details of the 2018...

Idaho Supreme Court considers detention sex abuse lawsuit

Jun. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court will decide soon if several adults who say they were sexually abused as children at a juvenile detention center should have filed a tort claim against the state agency before they sued. The high court heard arguments Wednesday, weighing the state's tort claim law...

Dallas law firm places winning bid for Robert E. Lee statue

Jun. 12, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-based law firm placed the winning $1.435 million bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city put in an online auction almost two years after removing it from a state park. Holmes Firm PC made the top offer for the bronze sculpture, according to documents...

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest. A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee...

Child abuse victims get more time for civil cases in bill

Jun. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Child sexual abuse victims would have until they are nearly 40 years old to sue for civil damages in North Carolina in legislation advancing Wednesday in the state House. While felony child abuse crimes have no statute of limitations, young adults victimized when they were under age 18...