- National Guardsman convicted of sexually abusing daughters Updated: May-22-15 8:37 pm
MARYSVILLE, Ohio - An Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and a stepdaughter at their home and trying to intimidate his children so they wouldn't discuss the allegations against him was convicted on Friday.
- Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage Updated: May-22-15 6:55 pm
DUBLIN - Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland's most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation's conservative Catholic foundation.
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-22-15 11:03 am
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.
- Woman accused of shooting 2, killing 1 outside McDonald's Updated: May-22-15 7:34 am
WALDORF, Maryland - Officials say a grandmother is accused of shooting two and killing a man in the parking lot of a Waldorf McDonald's due to an ongoing child custody dispute.
- Kansas House balks at setting up alternative to foster care Updated: May-22-15 5:07 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas House members are uneasy about a proposal to allow parents to temporarily give up custody of their children to others as an alternative to putting the youngsters into foster homes overseen by the state.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 10:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer.
- Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns Updated: May-21-15 9:25 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at making it harder for people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order to keep their firearms.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 7:52 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala - A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.
- Texas House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples Updated: May-21-15 5:54 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs - further shielding the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
- New Orleans Mayor blasts Jindal with counter executive order Updated: May-21-15 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial religious objections executive order by issuing an order of his own.
- Critics bash Louisiana governor on 'religious freedom' order Updated: May-21-15 5:28 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - "Arrogant" and "cynical" - that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration.
- Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice Updated: May-21-15 12:10 pm
MAYS LANDING, New Jersey - A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year.
- Correction: Gay Marriage-Canvassers story Updated: May-21-15 10:11 am
NEW YORK - In a story published Dec. 11, 2014, The Associated Press reported that researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles had found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, Columbia Professor Donald Green asked that Science magazine retract the study; Green said when their conclusions were challenged, he and his co-author Michael LaCour were unable to produce their raw data, which he said had been accidentally deleted.
- CANNES WATCH: Iranian film explores divorce, female style Updated: May-21-15 7:44 am
CANNES, France - Writer-director Ida Panahandeh has made a splash with her film debut, landing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival for "Nahid," fraught portrait of the byzantine legal complications and social stigmas concerning divorce and remarriage in Iran.
- Woman grazed by bullet after shots fired outside day care Updated: May-21-15 4:43 am
WILMINGTON, Delaware - A woman was grazed in the head by a bullet and several children had to seek cover after gunfire erupted outside a day care center in Wilmington.
- Hawaii Legislature chips away at reforming police forces Updated: May-21-15 12:37 am
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers had hopes for rebuilding public trust in the state's police departments, but a number of bills that aimed to initiate reforms died during the 2015 session.
- Catholics in San Francisco rally against 'morality clauses' Updated: May-20-15 11:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Teachers from four San Francisco Catholic high schools on Wednesday rejected the archbishop's latest revision of a teacher handbook.
- SC legislators expect to pass domestic violence compromise Updated: May-20-15 8:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Legislature appears poised to pass a bill aimed at stemming South Carolina's persistently high rates of domestic violence, after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between a handful of House and Senate members.
- Legislature moves to make marriage statutes gender neutral Updated: May-20-15 6:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon legislators are moving to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes in recognition of last year's ruling by a federal judge striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
- Professor seeks retraction of Science article he co-authored Updated: May-20-15 3:11 pm
NEW YORK - Citing irregularities on the part of his colleague, a prominent Columbia University professor has asked Science magazine to retract a study he co-authored last year about the ability of openly gay canvassers to shift voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage.
- Jindal issues order after religious objections bill rejected Updated: May-19-15 8:22 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that has thrust the state into the national debate about where religious freedoms end and the rights of same-sex couples begin.
- Otter praises passage of child support enforcement bill Updated: May-19-15 6:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter praised lawmakers for successfully passing child support enforcement legislation during the Idaho Legislature's 11-hour special session.
- Vermont has higher percentage of children in group care Updated: May-19-15 4:48 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The percentage of Vermont children in foster care who aren't being cared for by families is higher than the national average, according to a report released Tuesday that emphasizes the importance of children making lifetime links to families and using group placements as a last option.
- Judge: Undernourished baby to remain in state custody Updated: May-19-15 10:56 am
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Florida - A 7-month old central Florida girl will remain in state custody after a judge found probable cause for child neglect.
- Belfast baker guilty of discrimination over 'gay cake' snub Updated: May-19-15 8:59 am
DUBLIN - A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage," a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced by Christian conservatives in the British territory.