- Man charged in transgender woman's slaying in Tampa Updated: Jul-31-15 4:25 pm
TAMPA, Florida - Authorities in Florida say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a transgender woman.
- Utah electrical contractor fined for using child workers Updated: Jul-31-15 4:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Federal labor officials have fined a Utah electrical contractor nearly $400,000, saying the company illegally used child workers on construction sites in Utah and Oklahoma.
- Drop in number of new teachers could get state review Updated: Jul-31-15 4:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Two leading sponsors of many recent Indiana education overhaul measures now want the Legislature to consider steps for possibly stemming the state's declining number of new teachers.
- Michigan panel recommends allowing marijuana for autism Updated: Jul-31-15 4:11 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan would become the first state to allow medical marijuana for children with severe autism if a senior official follows the recommendation made Friday by an advisory panel.
- Suit: Anti-abortion group recorded abortion providers Updated: Jul-31-15 4:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - An association of abortion providers moved Friday to block the release of recordings it claims were made by an anti-abortion group that has previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the use of aborted fetuses for research.
- Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court Updated: Jul-31-15 4:05 pm
ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.
- U. of Cincinnati shooting puts spotlight on campus police Updated: Jul-31-15 4:02 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - When an Ohio prosecutor charged a campus police officer with murder in the death of a driver during a traffic stop, he offered a harsh judgment on University of Cincinnati police, saying the school should not be in the business of law enforcement at all.
- Judge orders return of Lincoln man's gun collection Updated: Jul-31-15 3:46 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A judge has ordered that a man's gun collection seized last year by police must be returned to him, but Lincoln ordinances won't let him have them in the city.
- Study: Shasta Dam expansion feasible but financing unclear Updated: Jul-31-15 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON - A long-awaited study requested by Congress concludes that enlarging Shasta Dam in California by 18.5 feet is technically and economically feasible, though the Bureau of Reclamation declined to make a formal recommendation to move ahead with the project.
- Parents trying to keep dead daughter's farewell notes sealed Updated: Jul-31-15 3:34 pm
LAS VEGAS - Parents who pushed to change Nevada school bullying law after their 13-year-old daughter killed herself are asking a federal magistrate judge to prevent farewell notes the girl wrote from being made public.
- Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years Updated: Jul-31-15 3:28 pm
BALTIMORE - Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.
- Lawsuit from prisoner who sought an abortion dismissed Updated: Jul-31-15 3:19 pm
FLORENCE, Alabama - A federal judge said he would dismiss a lawsuit filed by a pregnant prisoner who sought an abortion after the woman told him during a hearing Friday she had changed her mind and now wants to deliver the child, a reversal called "highly suspicious" by one of her lawyers.
- No charges vs. 2 officers at scene of traffic stop shooting Updated: Jul-31-15 3:16 pm
CINCINNATI - Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were at the scene just after a fellow officer fatally shot a driver are not being charged, a prosecutor said Friday.
- GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage Updated: Jul-31-15 3:13 pm
ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Texas woman who ran child placement agency accused of fraud Updated: Jul-31-15 3:02 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston woman who operated a foster care and child placement agency has been accused of adoption fraud.
- GOP proposes protections for already protected clergy Updated: Jul-31-15 3:01 pm
ATLANTA - A Republican wants to explicitly allow clergy in Georgia to refuse to perform gay marriages - a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner's death Updated: Jul-31-15 2:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal.
- Detroit officials working on municipal ID card program Updated: Jul-31-15 2:40 pm
DETROIT - Officials in Detroit are working on a municipal identification card program that would offer better access to some city services for the homeless, immigrants, senior citizens and young people.
- New ruling on protective orders for Alaska Native tribes Updated: Jul-31-15 2:37 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska Native tribes will no longer be forced to go the extra mile to have their domestic violence restraining orders enforced by the state.
- Q&A: A look at violent Jewish attacks on Palestinians Updated: Jul-31-15 2:23 pm
JERUSALEM - The torching of a West Bank home that burned a Palestinian toddler to death marks one of the most serious cases of suspected Jewish violence against Arabs. Though the attacks rarely kill and are smaller in scope than past Palestinian attacks, Jewish extremists have for years been attacking Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli schools and military bases, often to counter what they perceive to be the Israeli government's soft stance toward Palestinians.
- New York state picks 5 to grow, dispense medical marijuana Updated: Jul-31-15 2:16 pm
ALBANY, New York - The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help.
- Medical pot dispensaries vying for space outside Medford Updated: Jul-31-15 1:45 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - Medical marijuana dispensaries already are dueling for space in the first week that Jackson County has begun accepting permit applications to operate.
- Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022 Updated: Jul-31-15 1:32 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in.
- Data shows few Latino voters in Yakima so far Updated: Jul-31-15 1:28 pm
YAKIMA, Washington - A new elections system designed to increase the number of Latinos voting in Yakima so far isn't generating much interest at the ballot box.
- Winthrop tennis coach resigns due to immigration issues Updated: Jul-31-15 1:26 pm
ROCK HILL, South Carolina - Winthrop men's tennis coach Sergey Belov has resigned because of what the school said were issues with his immigration status.