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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...

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

By GILLIAN FLACCUS | February 24, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales.Yet little is known about the...

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...

Wampler, Love lead Wright St. in OT, win No. 500 for Nagy

February 22, 2020

CLEVELAND (AP) — Loudon Love put Wright State ahead for good with a pair of free throws less than a minute into overtime and the Raiders walked away to an 81-74 victory at Cleveland State on Saturday. The win was No. 500 for coach Scott Nagy.Bill Wampler...

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 pulls immigration plan amid business revolt

By BOB CHRISTIE | February 21, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey spent much of his first term working to repair the damage to the state's reputation caused by a 2010 tough-on-immigrants law known as SB 1070 that his predecessor signed.That changed this year when the second-term...

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...

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

By SUSAN HAIGH | February 21, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from...

Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations drag on

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS | February 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Deliberating for a third day, the jury at Harvey Weinstein's trial continued Thursday to focus a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra’s linchpin allegations that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped and sexually assaulted...

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...