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Official says no prosecutions for women seeking abortions

Aug. 16, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A top Missouri prosecutor on Friday said he doesn't think any counterpart "in their right mind" would prosecute pregnant women under a new law that bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar, the St....

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law. Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys President Tim Lohmar told The...

The Latest: US unveils seizure warrant for Iranian tanker

Aug. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The U.S. government says it has a warrant to seize an oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff because of violations of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes. The U.S....

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Kentucky finds 1,000 teachers violated law during 'sickouts'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An election-year investigation into teacher rallies at Kentucky's Capitol found more than 1,000 educators violated state law by participating in protests that shut down some schools, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said Friday. No penalties will be assessed, Kentucky's labor...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 16, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT Conn. already eclipsed on shared solar New Haven Register Aug. 16 The movement of light is the fixed definition for speed. The movement of Connecticut is pretty much the opposite. In recent years, about the only way Connecticut lands before New York and Massachusetts is alphabetically. There may be no...

Dunleavy plans to announce budget decisions Monday

Aug. 16, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to announce his final decisions on the state budget Monday. Dunleavy's office previously indicated a final announcement was expected this week. But his press office said Friday the review is continuing and an announcement is expected Monday. Lawmakers, unable...

McCollum emerges as strong critic of Israeli policy

Aug. 16, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Betty McCollum has said that she is pro-Israel and supports Israel as a key U.S. ally. But she is different from other members of Congress in her consistent, vocal criticism of Israeli human rights abuses. Israel's staunchest critic in Congress is from Minnesota. She has spent years...

Alaska Marine Exchange loses part of budget in capital cuts

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost a portion of its funding to cuts by the governor to the state's 2020 capital budget, a report said. The Marine Exchange of Alaska lost 11% of its state funding, CoastAlaska reported Wednesday. Republican Gov. Mike...

Legislative solution sought to abandoned wells

Aug. 16, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota leaders are considering legislation to prevent the state from bearing the financial responsibility of closing abandoned gas wells. The state is on the hook for nearly $1 million to plug 40 abandoned wells in northwestern South Dakota. State minerals and mining administrator...