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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...

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...

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...

Rogelio Cabrera, president of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico called on the country’s government Tuesday to modify the legal code and do away with statutes of limitations for sexual abuse of minors. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico bishops urge no statute of limitations for sex abuse

Jan. 14, 2020 10:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico called on the country’s government Tuesday to modify the legal code and do away with statutes of limitations for sexual abuse of minors. “We want to ask in the name of the bishops of Mexico for there to be no expiration for this...

In this Jan. 2, 2001 photo, a rose is rests on the gravestone of David Paul at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden, Conn. DNA testing has helped police identify the mother of David Paul, an infant who was abandoned and found frozen to death in a Connecticut parking lot in 1988. Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette announced Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that the mother was Karen Kuzmak Roche, who was 25 when the baby's body was found. She  is not expected to face criminal charges. (Chris Angileri/Record-Journal via AP)

Police: Mother of infant who froze in 1988 won't be charged

Jan. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — DNA testing has helped police identify the mother of an infant who was found frozen to death in a Connecticut parking lot in 1988, but she is not expected to face charges because of how long ago the crime was, authorities announced Tuesday. Meriden Police Chief Jeffry Cossette said...

Oregon looks, again, to crack down on labor trafficking

Jan. 10, 2020 4:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill promoted by then Sen. Kate Brown making it crime to force someone to work. Brown, who is now the governor, told a legislative committee back then that the bill would raise awareness about the problem and provide tools by law enforcement. But...

FILE - In this July 22, 2013, file photo, a youth looks over the Norman Rockwell exhibition in Salt Lake City, featuring his Boy Scout-themed paintings. A team of lawyers filed a lawsuit Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to establish the nation’s capital as a venue for men across the U.S. to sue the Boy Scouts of America for allegedly failing to protect them from long-ago sexual abuse at the hands of scoutmasters and other leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Unique sex-abuse suit filed against Boy Scouts in US capital

Jan. 6, 2020 8:14 PM EST

A team of lawyers filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to establish the nation’s capital as a venue for men across the U.S. to sue the Boy Scouts of America for allegedly failing to protect them from long-ago sexual abuse at the hands of scoutmasters and other leaders. The...

Weinstein charged with sex crimes in LA on eve of NY trial

Jan. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors charged Harvey Weinstein on Monday with sexually assaulting two women on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013, bringing the new case against the disgraced Hollywood mogul on the eve of jury selection for his New York trial. The case, brought by a task...

Church fights abuse lawsuit filed after limit was extended

Dec. 28, 2019 1:48 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Roman Catholic diocese is challenging a lawsuit filed after a state law gave sex abuse victims more time to sue their abusers or the institutions they worked for. The challenge by the Diocese of Providence comes in the case of a 53-year-old man who sued the diocese in...