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New Virginia sentencing law ends high court’s DC sniper case

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles.Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier...

Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislation

By KEITH RIDLER | February 24, 2020

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within...

For Virginia Tech parents, new gun laws a long struggle

By ALAN SUDERMAN | February 23, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Virginia lawmakers pass sweeping new gun control laws in the coming days, it will mark the culmination of nearly 13 years of often thankless work for two parents whose children were shot in one of the country's worst mass shootings.Lori...

UK’s Prince Harry, Meghan, abandon use of SussexRoyal brand

By DANICA KIRKA | February 21, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have abandoned plans to use the "SussexRoyal" brand after they step back from royal duties.The couple, who are known in Britain as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will no longer seek to trademark the...

Students’ arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

By DAVE COLLINS | February 21, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based...

Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

By BOB CHRISTIE | February 21, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine an existing ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution.The decision announced late Thursday night came on the eve of...

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

By BARRY HATTON | February 20, 2020

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.The landmark vote left Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

By DON THOMPSON | February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control...

Indiana official ‘sorry’ for Islamophobic posts won’t resign

February 19, 2020

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana councilman whose predecessor resigned after posting Islamophobic comments online says he will not step down after he was also criticized for sharing similar views on Facebook.Roger Stewart, a member of the Kokomo Common...

Utah lawmakers get tough on porn, ease up on polygamy

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST | February 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers voted Tuesday to put new regulations on pornography and remove some on polygamy in separate proposals moving quickly through the Legislature in the deeply conservative state.Senators voted unanimously to change state...

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

By ALAN SUDERMAN | February 17, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to...

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

February 16, 2020

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible...