- Groups gather at Capitol to push for criminal justice reform Updated: Feb-10-16 3:05 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Civil rights groups are making their case at the Capitol for legislation that would reform Iowa's criminal justice system, though they also recognize the challenges of passing such measures during the current legislative session.
- Events to mark anniversary of deaths of 3 Muslim students Updated: Feb-10-16 3:46 am
WASHINGTON - A Muslim advocacy group is urging people to participate in three events honoring three college students who were shot to death in Chapel Hill last year.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden asks court to dismiss gun lawsuit Updated: Feb-09-16 4:37 am
ATLANTA - A lawyer for the Atlanta Botanical Garden has asked Georgia's highest court to reject a lawsuit that argues that the garden can't order people carrying guns to leave the property if they have valid licenses to carry weapons.
- Michael Douglas among film stars honored by AARP Updated: Feb-09-16 3:03 am
BEVERLY HILLS, California - Michael Douglas was initially confused when he was told that he was being honored with a career achievement honor by the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.
- Groups call on Vermont officials to re-evaluate gas pipeline Updated: Feb-08-16 6:53 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Environmental advocacy groups are calling on officials to take a new look at a proposed natural gas pipeline throughout western Vermont.
- Muslim advocacy group asks for meeting with Alabama governor Updated: Feb-04-16 2:16 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A Muslim advocacy group on Thursday asked to meet with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley about statements he made on a refugee resettlement program that the group says were "derogatory and dehumanizing."
- Advocacy group calls on Legislature to rethink scholarship Updated: Feb-03-16 2:48 pm
ST. LOUIS - An advocacy group is pushing the Missouri Legislature to reconsider how it awards scholarships for a 30-year-old program designed to keep the brightest college students in the state.
- Britain approves controversial gene-editing experiments Updated: Feb-01-16 3:42 pm
LONDON - In a landmark decision that some ethicists warned is a step down the path toward "designer babies," Britain gave scientists approval Monday to conduct gene-editing experiments on human embryos.
- Advocates seek probe into policing of homeless New Yorkers Updated: Feb-01-16 2:52 pm
NEW YORK - More than 50 advocacy groups have asked an inspector general to probe how the New York Police Department polices the homeless.
- 'Carol,' 'The Danish Girl' among GLAAD Media Awards nominees Updated: Jan-27-16 12:28 pm
LOS ANGELES - "The Danish Girl" is up for a GLAAD Media Award in a year where a record number of nominees feature transgender characters and subject matter.
- GOP lawmakers to outline plan to continue Medicaid expansion Updated: Jan-27-16 4:31 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Republican lawmakers' plan to continue Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire includes work requirements for people receiving the insurance and proposes a way to pay for the state's share of the program without charging taxpayers.
- Advocacy group claims Providence officers target homeless Updated: Jan-27-16 4:19 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - An advocacy group has released a survey that they say shows that police officers target homeless people gathered at Providence's Kennedy Plaza for the enforcement of minor offenses.
- Advocacy group says death at Arkansas center was negligent Updated: Jan-26-16 9:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas woman choked to death during a seizure at a state-run human development center because staff thought she was "faking," a disability rights advocacy group concluded in a report released Tuesday.
- Gov. Brown, lawmakers lay out priorities for 2016 session Updated: Jan-26-16 8:35 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders on Tuesday presented their priorities for the legislative session that starts next week, and her fellow Democrats made it clear they intend to press ahead with passing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.
- Alabama AG blasts Supreme Court decision on life terms Updated: Jan-25-16 6:17 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will give convicted murderers a chance at freedom if they were juveniles when the crime was committed.
- Georgia senator says he will oppose federal judge nominee Updated: Jan-21-16 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said Thursday he won't support President Barack Obama's nominee for a federal judgeship in Georgia, essentially scuttling the choice.
- Critics say proposed Ohio EPA rules could harm wetlands Updated: Jan-20-16 9:48 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Proposed Ohio EPA rules making it easier for companies to get permits to build roads, pipelines or surface coal mines are drawing concern from critics who say the changes could harm the state's wetlands and streams.
- US-Canadian agency: More work needed to protect Great Lakes Updated: Jan-19-16 8:06 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - The U.S. and Canada have done well at preventing Great Lakes water from being overused or raided by outsiders but should take additional steps to strengthen their legal protection against future grabs, an advisory organization said Tuesday.
- The Latest: House GOP leader says REAL ID reform top on list Updated: Jan-19-16 7:59 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The latest on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's State of the State address (all times local):
- EPA agrees to probe how state agency regulates iron mining Updated: Jan-19-16 4:57 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate allegations by an environmental advocacy group that a state agency is failing to meet its responsibility to regulate iron mining companies, the advocacy group said.
- Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes gets journalism job Updated: Jan-19-16 12:01 pm
BEND, Oregon - In a continued return to the public eye after leaving Salem under federal investigation, Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes announced she's landed a new gig: freelance journalist.
- New Mexico lawmakers ready for REAL ID fix debate Updated: Jan-18-16 11:18 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Legislative session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, and fixing the state's driver's licenses laws is among the most anticipated pieces of legislation lawmakers are expected to tackle.
- Wisconsin manufacturer changes prayer-on-the-job policy Updated: Jan-16-16 3:53 pm
BRILLION, Wisconsin - Dozens of Muslim employees at a Wisconsin manufacturer say they are now out of a job after the company changed its prayer-on-the-job policy.
- Hassan's office announces resignation of "drug czar" Updated: Jan-15-16 4:28 pm
NEWPORT, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire official tasked with coordinating the response to the state's opioid crisis says he will step down in February.
- Sikh bus driver says police didn't recognize hate crime Updated: Jan-14-16 9:45 pm
LOS ANGELES - A California bus driver wearing a turban was called a suicide bomber during an attack that left him hospitalized, but officers failed to recognize the assault as a hate crime, a Sikh advocacy group representing the man said Thursday.