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Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

From #MeToo to trial: A look at the fall of Harvey Weinstein

Jan. 22, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Harvey Weinstein goes through his New York trial on rape and sexual assault charges, here's a look at the movie mogul's past and his multiple legal fights. A HOLLYWOOD KINGMAKER: For decades, Weinstein was among the most powerful men in film. Born in Queens, New York, the son of a jewel...

FILE - This March 15, 2019 file photo shows a view of the Supreme Court in Washington. The court on Tuesday denied a request by 20 mainly Democratic states and the Democratic-led House of Representatives to decide quickly on a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that litigation should not drag on for months or years in lower courts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care suit

Jan. 21, 2020 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider a fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, making it highly unlikely that the justices would decide the case before the 2020 election. The court denied a request by 20 mainly Democratic states and the...

NY lawsuit targets shuttered sex marketplace Backpage

Jan. 21, 2020 2:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says she was exploited for years starting at age 12 by a sex trafficker who used the shuttered website Backpage.com to sell her is suing the founders of the site under New York's Child Victims Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. The lawsuit filed...

Indiana panel backs longer time limit on sex abuse charges

Jan. 21, 2020 12:24 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana authorities would have more time to press criminal charges in child sexual abuse cases under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee. The Senate criminal law committee voted unanimously in support of the bill Tuesday after rolling back its original provisions to eliminate the...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

Weber County sent 4 juveniles to Utah State Prison last year

Jan. 20, 2020 11:14 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A 17-year-old boy walked into an Ogden courtroom on a sunny June day, shackled and wearing a Weber County Jail uniform. Facing adult charges and prison time, Mario Segura asked the judge for another chance. “Once you’re in the adult system there’s no way of getting...

Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

Idaho governor issues orders further cutting red tape

Jan. 16, 2020 3:47 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued two executive orders Thursday that he says will cut government red tape. Little signed an order requiring that every regulation that an agency chooses to keep be justified. He said that going forward, about 20% of administrative rules will be reviewed...

Rep. Tommy Gregory, holds a book of laws that includes antiquated statutes regulating the telegraph industry at his office Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gregory wants lawmakers to repeal these laws that do not apply to today's telecommunication industry. A state House committee on Wednesday agreed unanimously to repeal Chapter 363 of the Florida Statute in its entirety. (AP Photo/Bobby Calvan)

News flash from Florida legislators: Telegraph era is over

Jan. 15, 2020 6:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are transmitting a news bulletin: The telegraph era is over. Before there was instant messaging, emails and even corded telephones, there was the reliable telegraph to instantaneously transmit messages far and wide. Now, people turn to the internet, text...