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  • new storyCharges say ex-officer assaulted teen at St. Paul group home 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 8:11 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A retired St. Paul police officer who was a Golden Gloves boxer is accused of physically assaulting a 14-year-old boy at a group home where he worked as a counselor.

  • Kansas student newspaper sues administrators 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 6:27 pm

    LAWRENCE, Kansas - The student newspaper at the University of Kansas has filed a lawsuit accusing university administrators of approving funding cuts to the newspaper that were enacted after an editorial critical of the student Senate.

  • Minnesota one of many states to tighten gun laws for abusers 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 5:37 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota is part of an early wave of states passing laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

  • Missouri Democrat proposes gun ban for domestic abusers 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 4:44 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.

  • Bill would require courts to tell abusers to give up guns 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 3:29 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Judges would be required to inform domestic violence abusers they are prohibited from possessing firearms, under a measure coming before Maryland lawmakers.

  • Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 2:34 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.

  • 2 puppeteers held in Spain for allegedly praising terrorism 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 2:10 pm

    MADRID - A Spanish court has ordered the detention of two puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism during a performance in Madrid.

  • NY gov moves to stop gay 'conversion' therapy for minors 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 1:24 pm

    NEW YORK - New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what's known as "conversion therapy."

  • 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:

  • Firebrand monks a powerful force in Myanmar despite setback 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - Dark-skinned and bearded men jump a young woman after she prays at a Buddhist shrine. They push her to the ground and rape her. Then they cut off her ear and slit her throat.

  • Gun dealer gets 2 ½ years for selling weapons to felon 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 12:08 pm

    ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - Prosecutors say a gun dealer has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for selling guns to a felon who was barred by law from buying them.

  • 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:

  • Nevada among states outlawing guns for domestic abusers 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:55 am

    LAS VEGAS - As convicted felons with criminal histories including violence against former domestic partners, neither Keith Junior Barlow nor Robert Brown Jr. should have had a gun.

  • 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.

  • Tennessee passed 2009 law taking guns out of abusers' hands 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:45 am

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The same year Tennessee's pro-gun Legislature made it legal for some to be armed in bars, lawmakers also took a quieter step toward keeping guns away from domestic abusers

  • Domestic violence, gun-control groups divided over gun bill 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:43 am

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia who've long sought to toughen the state's gun laws are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could finally shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.

  • Domestic violence laws remain high priority for legislators 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:40 am

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Domestic violence has remained a high-priority legal topic in the decade since the passage of sweeping North Carolina laws to protect victims.

  • Groups say W.Va. a mixed bag on domestic violence gun laws 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:39 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia has been ahead of the curve in passing several protections to ban domestic abusers from having guns, but gun safety groups say the state should do more.

  • New domestic violence gun law in SC hard to track in court 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:36 am

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina lawmakers passed a law last year banning some people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.

  • Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:30 am

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining more than a dozen states that have similar laws. A look at the issue in Ohio from both sides.

  • Data: Indiana had 143 fatal domestic shootings from 2006-14 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:14 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - FBI records show that Indiana reported more than 140 domestic violence-related fatal shootings from 2006 through 2014, although the number is likely higher because some of the state's law enforcement agencies didn't report such data.

  • Some advocates leery of Michigan's domestic abuse gun laws 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:10 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers, some advocates for stricter gun control say.

  • Guns used in 195 domestic killings in NY during 2006-2014 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:45 am

    ALBANY, New York - Guns were used in 195 domestic-related killings in New York from 2006 through 2014, according to an Associated Press review of FBI records. Nationally, 6,235 people were killed in such attacks, with current wives and girlfriends accounting for 75 percent of the victims.