Georgia still has no hate crimes law despite many tries

U.S. 06/02/19, 08:48

A Georgia man convicted of throwing scalding water on a sleeping same-sex couple told one of them to "get out of my house with all that gay," a victim testified, yet he couldn't be charged with a hate crime because the state has no such law.Victim Anthony Gooden said in ...

Voter surge in 2018 prompts voting reforms, restrictions

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:00

New York voters for years have experienced some of the longest wait times in the nation on Election Day. Attempts to fix the problem routinely became casualties of the divided politics of the state Legislature.That dynamic changed last November, when Democrats won majorities in both legislative chambers, and it didn't ...

2020 candidate Kamala Harris targets state abortion bans

Politics 05/28/19, 21:46

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday, May 28, that if she won the White House, she would require states seeking to restrict abortion laws to first obtain federal approval. The senator from California said she would back legislation requiring states with a history of restricting abortion rights to receive clearance ...

Netflix will ‘rethink’ Georgia shoots if abortion law holds

Entertainment 05/28/19, 13:18

Though major studios have so far remained quiet on Georgia's recently passed abortion law , Netflix on Tuesday said it will contest the legislation and "rethink our entire investment" in the state, should the law going into effect.Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement that the streaming ...

In some Democrat-led states, lawmakers differ on abortion

U.S. 05/27/19, 15:08

A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers.What sounds like a legislative fight in a state controlled by anti-abortion Republicans is actually ...

Poland’s ruling right-wing party tops the polls

Europe 05/27/19, 10:16

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party has emerged as the big winner in the country's European Parliament election, taking over 45% of the votes, but its leader said Monday more effort is needed before a national election later this year.Full official results announced by the State Electoral Commission suggest that ...

‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:38

A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy."Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability."His new ...

Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks

U.S. 05/24/19, 10:41

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate ...

Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

U.S. 05/24/19, 09:18

A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure.The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to ...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

Health 05/23/19, 12:26

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer.Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions.Nonsmokers are rejoicing over the ban, which also applies to public parks. But some smokers ...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

U.S. 05/22/19, 21:47

Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws. The ...

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law

Business 05/22/19, 08:17

Qualcomm's stock is tumbling before the opening bell after a federal judge ruled that the company unlawfully stifled cellphone chip market competition and charged excessive licensing fees.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California found Tuesday that Qualcomm violated antitrust law, charging high royalties and squeezing out rivals, according ...

Legislature approves bill banning undetectable firearms

New York 05/21/19, 19:43

Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved by the Senate.The measure would ban all firearms whose components can't be detected ...

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:56

Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion.Democrats in the Assembly passed the bill in largely party-line vote on Tuesday, the same day protesters ...

Plan to create special pot banks moves forward in California

U.S. 05/21/19, 17:21

Shut out of the traditional banking system by federal laws, the country's largest legal marijuana market in California could benefit if the state approves a measure creating a special class of banks to handle pot money.The state Senate voted 35-1 on Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow people ...

Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

U.S. 05/21/19, 11:47

Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship.The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week to rescind the ban on ...

Mississippi 6-week abortion ban heads to federal court

Health 05/21/19, 00:13

A federal judge who struck down Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier.The law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not know they're pregnant.Republican Gov. ...

Governor orders probe of medical board in Ohio State abuse

U.S. 05/20/19, 16:42

Gov. Mike DeWine declared the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss a monster Monday as he ordered a review of the state medical board's handling of his case decades ago and called for lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape charges. The Republican governor signed an executive ...

In defining consent, there’s a gap between the law, culture

U.S. 05/20/19, 16:41

It may sound simple: You either consent to sexual activity or you don't.But just what constitutes an expression of consent is a hotly debated topic in the justice system and in society at large. And while there's been a gradual cultural trend, especially on university campuses, toward a standard of ...

California regulators not taking action against care homes

U.S. 05/20/19, 12:28

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties."There's no accountability," said Hina Shah, an associate law professor at Golden Gate University ...

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