Robert E. Lee statue bidder identified as Dallas law firm

U.S. 06/12/19, 13:15

Records show a Dallas-based law firm put in the winning bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that once stood in a city park.City Council documents show the top bid of $1.435 million came from Holmes Firm PC. The firm has not said what it plans to ...

Charges against alleged white supremacists tossed by judge

U.S. 06/04/19, 20:50

Federal charges against three alleged members of a violent white supremacist group accused of inciting violence at California political rallies were dismissed by a judge who found their actions amounted to constitutionally protected free speech.Prosecutors said members of the Rise Above Movement conspired to riot by using the internet to ...

In emotional interviews, ex-Scouts open up about abuse

U.S. 05/27/19, 15:04

Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward.Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they were to become Scouts."I was ...

Dallas selling statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee

U.S. 05/23/19, 12:54

Dallas leaders have decided to sell a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed from public view nearly two years ago.The Dallas City Council on Wednesday designated the 1935 sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor as surplus property to be sold to the highest bidder.City leaders say the ...

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 ...

Dems push bill on health care, drug prices through House

Politics 05/16/19, 19:08

Democrats pushed legislation buttressing the 2010 health care law and curbing prescription drug prices through the House Thursday, advancing a bill that has no chance of surviving in the Senate or getting President Donald Trump's signature and seemed engineered with next year's elections in mind. The measure forced Republicans into the ...

Retrial planned for man who broke $4.5M statue’s thumb

Amazing 05/16/19, 14:51

Federal prosecutors plan to retry a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.Philly.com reports prosecutors told a judge Thursday they're refiling charges against Michael Rohana for theft and concealment of an object of cultural heritage.A jury deadlocked in the case ...

Gymnasts testify; lawmakers won’t name abuse bill lobbyists

U.S. 05/13/19, 16:42

Former Olympic and U.S. national team gymnasts have testified in Texas about a bill that seeks to expand the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse victims after lawmakers tried to remove a key provision.The women's testimony on Monday comes after lawmakers quietly removed a key provision allowing victims to ...

Update: Swedish lawyer says that Assange is innocent

Europe 05/13/19, 04:42

The Latest on Swedish prosecutors' decision whether to reopen a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):11:35 a.m.Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer says he is "very surprised" by prosecutors' decision to reopen a rape case against the WikiLeaks founder and says that his client is innocent.Prosecutors in Stockholm ...

Sweden to decide whether to reopen Assange rape case

Europe 05/13/19, 03:22

Swedish prosecutors plan to say Monday whether they will reopen a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a month after he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, is scheduled to hold a news conference in Stockholm. If Sweden relaunches the ...

Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died

Health 04/29/19, 18:11

The Washington state Legislature adjourned at midnight Sunday, avoiding overtime and ending a 105-day legislative session that saw bills signed on high-profile issues and a whirlwind finish that raised questions about transparency.Entering their second year in full control of state government, Democrats enacted changes to laws touching everyday life across ...

Inmates deemed ‘dead’ using century-old law in Rhode Island

U.S. 03/27/19, 15:55

Rhode Island is one of the few places where people can still be punished with "civil death" and civil rights advocates want the century-old practice to stop.Inmates serving life in prison are deemed dead, by Rhode Island statute, with respect to property rights, the bond of matrimony and other civil ...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

U.S. 03/22/19, 19:35

Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, sparking a flurry of legal maneuvering as both sides jockeyed for position before the court makes a decision. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an ...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Politics 03/21/19, 12:47

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess brushed aside GOP concerns that ...

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

U.S. 03/18/19, 00:58

A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights, Kansas faces an uphill battle to resurrect the law ...

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

Europe 03/07/19, 06:09

A court on Thursday found a French cardinal guilty of failing to report to authorities allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest, a surprise decision that alleged victims see as a victory for child protection and a strong signal to the Catholic Church.The Lyon court handed Cardinal Philippe ...

Update: French cardinal convicted of not reporting abuse

Europe 03/07/19, 04:18

The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local):10:15 a.m.A French court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty for failing to report to justice accusations against a pedophile priest.FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin waits for ...

States move to life restrictions on child sex-abuse lawsuits

U.S. 01/23/19, 13:37

In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures ...

Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe

Politics 01/15/19, 11:06

President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president ...

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