- US Rep. Alan Grayson wants kids to live with him Updated: Jun-02-15 1:23 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson wants his four children ages 10 to 16 to live with him, claiming their mother's behavior has been "bizarre, aggressive and inappropriate," according to papers filed last week in a Florida divorce court.
- Tennessee TV station won't run ad promoting gay marriage Updated: Jun-02-15 1:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A Chattanooga television station won't run an advertisement in support of gay marriage.
- NC House speaker says gay marriage override vote may wait Updated: Jun-02-15 12:57 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The final vote to determine whether a vetoed bill will become law allowing some North Carolina court officials to avoid gay marriage proceedings may not happen quickly after all.
- GOP Sen. Newton running for N. Carolina attorney general Updated: Jun-01-15 10:19 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republican state Sen. Buck Newton announced his 2016 bid for attorney general on Monday, portraying himself as one who would confront what many conservatives consider federal overreach while focusing on basics as the state's top lawyer and law enforcement officer.
- Legislature ends with Lt. Gov. Patrick denying 2018 plans Updated: Jun-01-15 6:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The first legislative session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ended Monday with conservatives claiming victory on tax cuts, a big boost in border security spending and looser gun laws in a state already known as among America's most firearms friendly.
- High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats Updated: Jun-01-15 4:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.
- Bill allowing abuse victims to break lease passes committee Updated: Jun-01-15 2:58 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Victims of domestic violence could break a lease to escape an abuser and would also have other housing protections, under a bill moving closer to final legislative passage.
- 10 Things to Know about the Texas legislative session Updated: Jun-01-15 2:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's first biennial legislative session is over. If you didn't follow along the last 140 days, this is what you missed:
- Merkel's party resists calls to embrace full gay marriage Updated: Jun-01-15 9:31 am
BERLIN - Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party are rejecting calls to embrace full-fledged marriage for gay couples following Irish voters' decision to legalize it.
- Australian opposition party proposes gay marriage law Updated: Jun-01-15 6:13 am
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's political opposition hopes to harness momentum from the Irish gay marriage referendum after it proposed a law Monday that would recognize same-sex marriages, which the country's conservative prime minister opposes.
- Ohio police begin use of domestic violence screening system Updated: May-31-15 4:31 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - More than a dozen central Ohio law enforcement agencies are the first in the state to adopt a system requiring officers to assess whether domestic violence victims are in imminent danger of physical harm or death.
- Connecticut lawmakers reach tentative budget deal Updated: May-31-15 3:11 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reached a tentative deal on a two-year, $40 billion budget early Sunday.
- Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over gay marriage licenses Updated: May-30-15 4:19 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Pulaski County judge has rejected a request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to force officials to recognize Arkansas marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples.
- Congo to allow some foreign adoptions despite ban Updated: May-30-15 1:10 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo plans to allow 71 children whose adoptions were interrupted by a 2013 suspension to join families in the U.S. and four other countries next week, an official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills Updated: May-30-15 9:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.
- Actress Kelly Rutherford can't yet bring children back to US Updated: May-29-15 4:41 pm
LOS ANGELES - A court order that granted actress Kelly Rutherford temporary custody of her children to allow her to bring them back to Los Angeles from Monaco was halted Thursday.
- Indictment: Lemmon woman provided rifle in manslaughter case Updated: May-29-15 4:35 pm
BISON, South Dakota - A woman provided the semi-automatic rifle that her common-law husband used to shoot and kill a man in their northwestern South Dakota home, a grand jury indictment filed this week alleged.
- Nebraska court upholds return of baby to biological parents Updated: May-29-15 3:52 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A judge was right to return a baby to its biological parents, who had given up the child for adoption in 2013 to friends who could not have children of their own, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.
- Teen births down but remain a stubborn problem in New Mexico Updated: May-29-15 2:35 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico has a stubborn problem: its persistent ranking at or near the top in the nation when it comes to teen pregnancies.
- Wilson replaces Swinney as speaker at Palmetto Family event Updated: May-29-15 7:40 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will speak at an event sponsored by a group that opposes gay marriage next week after Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney canceled.
- Oneida Tribe to recognize same-sex marriage Updated: May-29-15 6:43 am
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - The Oneida Tribe will soon recognize same-sex marriage.
- Lawmaker wants testing for parents of drug-exposed babies Updated: May-28-15 11:02 pm
PHOENIX - An Arizona lawmaker on Thursday called for changes in state law to allow ongoing testing of parents whose babies are born exposed to drugs after a child who was returned to her parents died of apparent abuse.
- NC gov. vetoes bill on religious objection to gay marriage Updated: May-28-15 9:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.
- 2 ex-Guantanamo detainees to tie knot with Uruguayan women Updated: May-28-15 6:58 pm
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees are planning to tie the knot with women from their adopted home of Uruguay.
- ACLU challenging marriage ban for some Rhode Island inmates Updated: May-28-15 4:33 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the state Department of Corrections director on behalf of two inmates and the women they're not allowed to marry.