- State legislators consider new parental rights bill Updated: Feb-09-16 9:57 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers have introduced a bill that seeks to better define the roles of parents and schools in the education of students.
- Kim Davis obeying orders in gay marriage case, judges rules Updated: Feb-09-16 7:02 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to do so, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
- Millions in tax breaks, incentives targeted by Senate panel Updated: Feb-09-16 6:38 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks would be reduced or delayed under bills approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, including a second potential reduction in Oklahoma's income tax as lawmakers look to fill a $1 billion hole in next year's budget.
- LL Cool J learns family secret in 'Finding Your Roots' Updated: Feb-09-16 4:43 pm
LOS ANGELES - LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.
- Length of stay at domestic violence shelters has increased Updated: Feb-09-16 4:22 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A report by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund shows the average length of stay at domestic violence shelters in Connecticut has increased over several years.
- House committee OKs civil rights bill without LGBT inclusion Updated: Feb-09-16 3:51 pm
ATLANTA - A Georgia House committee has approved a bill preventing businesses from discriminating based on race, nationality, sex or religion.
- NY lawmakers propose tax deferrals to defray childcare costs Updated: Feb-09-16 2:50 pm
ALBANY, New York - Democrats in the New York state Senate say the state should allow families with young children to defer some of their state income taxes to help them cover the cost of childcare.
- Senate passes bill raising minimum age of marriage Updated: Feb-09-16 2:34 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Senate has passed legislation requiring a judge's approval for 16- and 17-year-olds to get married.
- Note boasts rare signatures of lovebirds Napoleon, Josephine Updated: Feb-09-16 12:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - Full signatures from a pair of notorious lovebirds - Napoleon and Josephine - lend an otherwise routine 19th-century French marriage contract a rare prestige among other love notes on display at a high-end jewelry and antique showcase in Florida.
- Closely fought Philippine presidential race gets underway Updated: Feb-09-16 11:00 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.
- Indianapolis coach facing sex charge remaining in custody Updated: Feb-08-16 8:36 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A former boys basketball coach in Indianapolis who's charged with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship told other students after he was forced to resign that the girl was trying to slander him and that he would turn his head if someone were to "mess her up," prosecutors said Monday.
- Manziel's ex-girlfriend says she lost some hearing in attack Updated: Feb-08-16 7:31 pm
DALLAS - Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend said in an affidavit the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation she lost hearing in one ear.
- Dozens of domestic abusers guilty of violating Iowa gun ban Updated: Feb-08-16 11:38 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Dozens of Iowa residents have been convicted of violating a state law that bans domestic abusers from owning guns in the five years it's been in effect, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.
- Cruz seeks to appeal to supporters on fringe of GOP Updated: Feb-08-16 3:39 am
PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire - Some politicians run from polarizing endorsements. Ted Cruz seeks them out.
- The Latest: Eli Manning outshone many ads on social media Updated: Feb-07-16 11:05 pm
NEW YORK - The latest developments in Super Bowl commercials before, during and after the Big Game:
- After 2 ½ years, feds return money to man in marriage probe Updated: Feb-07-16 12:02 pm
WALLED LAKE, Michigan - Federal agents arrived around dawn at a home in suburban Detroit. Foggy at that hour and shirtless, the owner answered the door and was told he was the target of a sham marriage investigation.
- Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.
- Lawmakers consider controversial alimony, custody changes Updated: Feb-07-16 10:44 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Big changes could be in store for couples who divorce under legislation now being considered by Florida lawmakers.
- Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico Updated: Feb-06-16 11:03 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers' push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn't include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers - despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.
- Kansas won't join effort to tighten domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 1:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas appears unlikely to join more than two dozen states that have passed laws in the last two years making it more difficult for domestic abusers to possess weapons, a state representative who introduced a similar law during the 2015 legislative session said.
- More than 5,700 charged under Joshua's Law since inception Updated: Feb-06-16 1:07 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - In 2014, New Hampshire enacted a law that expressly created a domestic violence charge to cover cases of abuse involving intimate partners. The enactment of a specific domestic violence charge allowed the names to be entered into a federal database that prohibits people convicted of such charges from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Here at a glance are key details of what is known as Joshua's Law:
- Missouri considers easing adoptee birth certificate access Updated: Feb-06-16 11:25 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Danika Donatti first met her biological father when he was in hospice dying from complications of a disease she might also carry.
- Utah joins push to keep guns from domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 11:09 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah legislators quietly changed a state law last year to keep in an attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, following a nationwide trend of state legislative action on a rare area of consensus in the polarized debate over guns.
- Massachusetts has tough gun laws, fewer domestic killings Updated: Feb-06-16 10:59 am
BOSTON - Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and relatively few fatal domestic violence shootings of states with similar populations. Here's a look at the number of killings and the laws meant to help curb the violence in the state:
- Some Kentucky judges limit domestic offenders access to guns Updated: Feb-06-16 10:46 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Just eight years ago, most of the domestic violence deaths in Louisville were from strangulation. Today, more than 71 percent are from guns.