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  • new storyThe Latest: It's all about guts at Super Bowl 50 story has photos
    Updated: Feb-07-16 9:51 pm

    NEW YORK - The latest developments in Super Bowl commercials before, during and after the Big Game:

  • Florida considers anti-discrimination bill for LGBT rights 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:16 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - When it comes to LGBT issues, Florida's Republican lawmakers are known more for trying to keep transgender people out of bathrooms, protect pastors from marrying same-sex couples and seek exemptions for private adoption agencies who don't want to place children with gay and lesbian couples.

  • 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.

  • If Johnny Manziel wants help, NFL is ready to give it 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:33 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - If Johnny Manziel wants help, the NFL and its players are ready to step in.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vermont restricting domestic abusers' access to guns 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:38 am

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - The need to protect potential victims in domestic violence cases helped lead the Vermont Legislature, which traditionally has been reluctant to restrict gun ownership, to take first steps toward making it harder for people with violent histories to get firearms.

  • New Jersey still debating its already tough gun laws 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:25 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and a stringent firearms ban on domestic abuse suspects that's been in place since the 1990s, but a contentious debate recently erupted over whether the law could be stronger.

  • Maine strengthened gun restrictions against domestic abusers 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:12 am

    PORTLAND, Maine - Lawmakers of opposing political stripes put aside their differences in Maine to strengthen restrictions on gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence crimes.

  • Bill linking restraining orders to gun ban is resurrected 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:03 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is reviving legislation that would bar people under a temporary restraining order from possessing firearms.