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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign first-of-its-kind legislation Thursday afternoon that will allow women to access birth control for a year at a time, a move that will expand coverage previously needed to be renewed every 30 or 90 days. Supporters say the...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that's at least as energetic as the bishops'...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For years Republicans have controlled every lever of Texas politics — every statewide office, both houses of the Legislature, the state Supreme Court. Every nexus of power, that is, but one: the capital city. Liberal Austin has made itself a painful...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas faced the prospect of deep cuts to schools, prisons and other programs Thursday after the Republican-controlled House soundly rejected a proposal supported by Gov. Sam Brownback that would hike sales and cigarette taxes to close a budget deficit. In...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" with low-grade silicone injections has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after a London dancer died in Philadelphia. Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors during her spring murder trial that clients call...
MARION, Ohio (AP) — The usual handwringing over the heroin problem turned into panic in this small city in May when a supercharged blue-tinted batch from Chicago sent more than 30 overdose victims to the hospital and two to the morgue in a 12-day stretch. Like many places in...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pssst. Ready to water that beautiful lush lawn of yours? The one that's the envy of the entire neighborhood. If you live in Southern California, you'd better wait until after midnight. Preferably on a cloudy, new-moon night during a power outage when it's so...