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Iowa lawmakers consider changing cosmetology requirements

Feb. 23, 2019 11:30 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Cosmetology schools in Iowa have been in the crosshairs in recent years, as some state lawmakers question their education requirements. Two bills in the Legislature would have reduced the minimum number of hours of education required to become a certified cosmetologist. Both failed to...

Iowa lawmakers consider changing cosmetology requirements

Feb. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Cosmetology schools in Iowa have been in the crosshairs in recent years, as some state lawmakers question their education requirements. Two bills in the Legislature would have reduced the minimum number of hours of education required to become a certified cosmetologist. Both failed to...

The Latest: Son of priest meets with Vatican investigator

Feb. 20, 2019 1:50 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local): 7:00 p.m. The lead organizer of the Vatican's sex abuse summit has met with an Irish activist who is working to draw attention to a related issue the Vatican has tried to keep quiet: priests who...

Court candidate Hagedorn took $3,000 from conservative group

Feb. 20, 2019 1:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn was paid more than $3,000 to give speeches to a Christian legal advocacy group that has supported criminalizing sodomy and sterilizing transgender people. Hagedorn accepted the money for speeches he gave in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to...

Colorado Catholic dioceses submit to voluntary abuse review

Feb. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former federal prosecutor will review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses, and the church has agreed to pay an unlimited amount of reparations to victims under a voluntary joint effort undertaken with the help of the state attorney general. The collaborative process...

'Sanctuary cities' bill moves forward in Florida legislature

Feb. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would require Florida law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws and ban so-called sanctuary policies received its first approval Tuesday over the protests of immigrant advocates. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, the...

Latest: City lawyer welcomes decision on Obama library suit

Feb. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging plans to build the Obama Presidential Center in a Chicago park (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Chicago's lead attorney says the city is pleased a federal judge will expedite hearings on a lawsuit challenging the planned construction of the Obama Presidential...

Gambling, tobacco groups among top spenders on lobbying

Feb. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New lobbying reports show that gambling, tobacco, utility and marijuana groups are among the top spenders on lobbying so far this session in Maine. The Associated Press's review of such reports finds over 160 companies, industry groups and advocacy organizations reported spending...

Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

Feb. 19, 2019 4:31 PM EST

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other criminal activities involving minors. The staff...

ICE cooperation bills progress through Virginia legislature

Feb. 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Raising concerns from immigrant advocacy groups, two bills that would increase cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities are advancing through the Virginia General Assembly. HB 2270, sponsored by Republican Del. Charles Poindexter of Franklin County,...