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'Pro-life' woman will stand trial for threatening to kill doctor

Written by Roxana Hegeman,
AP writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:02

Scott Roeder, the convicted killer of a Wichita abortion doctor. -PHOTO: scottroeder.org

A Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car, a federal appeals court ruled.

Republican Senators seek to roll back auto, rail safety regulations

Written by Joan Lowy
and Tom Krisher,
AP writers
Friday, 17 July 2015 17:32
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At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries.

Congressional women introduce Equal Access to Abortion bill

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 06:51

Democratic women in the U.S. House on July 8 introduced legislation that would ensure women have access to health insurance coverage for abortion care and remove a federal policy denying many poor women access to abortion services.

The legislation comes as Republican leaders in some states, including Wisconsin, continue to push measures intended to restrict women’s access to care. U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Diana DeGette of Colorado are the chief sponsors of the federal Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act.

Decisions in final 3 Supreme Court cases expected today

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 June 2015 05:48

Meeting today for the final time until the fall, the Supreme Court has three cases remaining to be decided:

Obama commutes sentences, seeks fairer system

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

President Barack Obama is pushing for bipartisan action to change the criminal justice system in ways that go far beyond the limited executive powers that he’s used to reduce harsh prison sentences for dozens of non-violent offenders.

Study: foreclosures fueled racial segregation in U.S.

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:17

The housing crisis in which some 9 million American families lost their homes fueled racial segregation in many of the nation’s communities, according to a new analysis from Cornell University.

“Neighborhood Foreclosures, Racial/Ethnic Transitions and Residential Segregation,” published in the American Sociological Review, noted the housing crisis spurred one of the largest migrations in U.S. history, leading to changes that could alter the complexion of American cities for a generation or more.

Two-thirds of small business owners surveyed by the advocacy group Small Business Majority said businesses shouldn't be able to refuse goods or services to LGBT customers. Fifty-five percent said businesses shouldn't be allowed to deny wedding-related services to same-sex couples because of an owner's beliefs.

Confederate flag supporters rally in Alabama

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 28 June 2015 18:38

Confederate flags returned to the cradle of the Confederacy yesterday as hundreds of flag supporters arrived at Alabama's Capitol to protest the removal of four rebel flags from a Confederate monument next to the building where the Confederacy was formed.

Poll: Support for same-sex marriage falls, Republicans say religion trumps gay rights

Written by David Crary
and Emily Swanson,
AP staff writers
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:06

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

U.S. trails other nations in voter turnout

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 07:55

The "land of the free and the brave" ranks No. 31 among 34 democratic countries in an analysis of voter turnout by the Pew Research Center.

One contributing factor: U.S. citizens aren’t required to vote.

Limits to voting access go on trial in North Carolina

Written by The AP Tuesday, 14 July 2015 04:38

Changes to North Carolina's voting access rules finally are on trial this week, with a judge ultimately determining whether Republican legislators illegally diminished the opportunity for minorities to participate in the political process. 

Marriage evolves from culture war to common cause

Written by David Crary,
AP National writer
Friday, 19 June 2015 11:31