State legislature

September 28, 2019 - 8:54 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses are closing as lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions. It's more than a year after a landmark grand...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker," in theaters on Oct. 4. Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie “Joker,” some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Twelve people were killed in the suburban Denver theater during a midnight showing of the Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” also distributed by Warner Bros. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
September 24, 2019 - 6:34 pm
DENVER (AP) — Alarmed by violence depicted in a trailer for the upcoming movie "Joker," some relatives of victims of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting asked distributor Warner Bros. on Tuesday to commit to gun control causes. Sandy Phillips' daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo inmates use the recreation yard at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif. California prison officials have halted an experiment aimed at trying to force warning prison gangs to get along with each other. Officials tell The Associated Press the temporary halt came after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting after they were allowed to mingle together in prison recreation yards. The effort started more than a year ago with officials allowing prisoners from the different gangs into exercise yards to try to get them to interact and make peace. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File )
September 24, 2019 - 5:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials have halted an experiment aimed at forcing warring prison gangs to get along with each other after the inmates wound up brawling and even rioting when placed together in prison recreation yards, officials told The Associated Press. The effort...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is declaring a public health emergency and ordering a four-month temporary ban on all vaping products in the state. The Republican governor made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 amid growing concern about the health effects of vaping products. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 24, 2019 - 5:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state, apparently the first action of its kind in the nation. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's order was quickly approved by the state Public...
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An unidentified man carries a box marked "evidence" as he leaves the Illinois State Capital in Springfield Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. An FBI spokesman says agents are at the Illinois state Capitol building in Springfield related to law enforcement work. The spokesman, John Althen, wouldn't provide details, saying Tuesday only that "FBI personnel are present at the state capitol engaged in authorized law enforcement activity." (AP Photo by John O'Connor)
September 24, 2019 - 3:40 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — FBI agents carried materials in bankers' boxes and grocery bags out of the Illinois Capitol building on Tuesday, and multiple media outlets reported that and other raids were linked to a Democratic state senator. FBI spokesman John Althen said the agents were in the...
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Lydia Plukchi of the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem, Ore., accepts on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, a box containing 2,000 signatures backing a proposed ballot measure that would create the most comprehensive law in America requiring the safe storage of weapons, as worker Amanda Kessel, behind her, looks on. Delivering the box are Henry Wessinger, president of the State of Safety Action which is backing the proposed measure, and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
September 18, 2019 - 10:00 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father's unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,...
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FILE -- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, speaks at rally calling for passage of her measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Gavin Newsom signed the bill, AB5, aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to ride share drivers and workers in other industries on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 18, 2019 - 7:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have...
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This image made from a Dec. 1, 2015, video provided by WNDU-TV shows Ulrich Klopfer in South Bend, Ind. More than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of the former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week. (WNDU-TV via AP)
September 16, 2019 - 9:55 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the "grisly discovery" of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana. Republican...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media following a visit with students on the campus of Texas Southern University Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
September 16, 2019 - 8:22 pm
GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday...
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September 16, 2019 - 6:52 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins says newly disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are not adding anything new to what's already been reported. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who hopes to unseat...
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