Massachusetts House votes to repeal old anti-abortion laws

The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including a 19th-century ban on abortion
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2 men charged in fatal stabbing of 81-year-old woman

The former neighbor of an 81-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in 2016 is one of two men who have been charged with her murder
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The Latest: DOJ says 6 states, NYC, cheat citizens by suing

A Justice Department spokesman says six states and New York City cheat law-abiding citizens by suing the federal government over immigration enforcement policies
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Police: Oklahoma woman accused in death of man in New Mexico

New Mexico State Police say an Oklahoma woman has been arrested in the death of a man who was run over by a pickup truck
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$63,000 found in ceiling at home of priest accused of theft

State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions
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Man faces charges in Louisiana shooting death of fetus

A pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach over the weekend lost her baby and now the alleged shooter faces upgraded charges
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Gov't report accuses agency of inadequate recall monitoring

An investigation has found that the U.S. government's highway safety agency failed to act quickly on a consumer complaint, and that could have delayed recalls of dangerous Takata air bag inflators
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Officer dies after assault by inmate at Minnesota prison

A corrections officer has died after he was assaulted by an inmate at the Stillwater state prison
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3 injured in explosion, fire at Oklahoma disposal well

Central Oklahoma authorities say three people have been injured in an explosion and fire at a saltwater disposal well
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Woman found dead at Barren River Lake State Park

Officials in Kentucky say a woman has been found dead at Barren River Lake State Park
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A look at candidates signed up for Louisiana's Nov. 6 ballot

The sign-up period for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election started Wednesday and runs through Friday
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Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican rider in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting two chicken-like birds in the West and Southwest under the Endangered Species Act
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The Latest: Louisiana congressmen draw election opponents

The first day of Louisiana's election sign-up period has ended with candidates registered to run against most of the state's incumbent congressmen
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Semi crash sends hogs spilling onto Minnesota highway

Some pigs went hog-wild on the highway after a semi-truck overturned in southern Minnesota
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Mississippi panel recommends takeover of Noxubee schools

Officials are one step closer to taking over a northeast Mississippi school district after a vote Wednesday by a state commission
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City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

The state law that police cited in porn actress Stormy Daniels' arrest should not be enforced, an Ohio city attorney said
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Investor sentenced to prison for $12M real estate scam

Federal prosecutors say a Southern California real estate investor has been sentenced to six years in prison for running a $12 million Ponzi scheme
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Backhoe demolishes home where 2 officers were killed in 2003

A backhoe has torn down a home in South Carolina where two police officers were killed nearly 15 years ago
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Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at President Donald Trump's tax returns? At least one Democratic activist says, "Yes," and it's through a New York state investigation into Trump's charity.
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Alleged flasher arrested after being stabbed by his victim

A week after a Southern California woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man who she said exposed himself to her, police say they have arrested the alleged flasher
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AP News Guide: Chicago police releasing videos more quickly

Chicago police are releasing videos of police shootings more quickly following reforms after the death of Laquan McDonald
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Defendant in LA hammer attack ruled insane by judge

A judge has determined a man charged with beating a woman with a hammer in Los Angeles was insane at the time of the crime
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Ex-priest ordered indefinitely to facility for sex offenders

A former priest deemed to be a sexually violent person has been committed indefinitely to an Illinois facility for sex offenders
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Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide
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Autopsy: Girl was wrapped in cushion cover, weighed down

An autopsy shows a 3-year-old girl found dead in a North Carolina creek last year was wrapped in a zippered cushion cover and weighed down with a chunk of solid cement
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Trooper, suspect shot in rural southwest Missouri

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a trooper who was shot in southwest Missouri has been released from the hospital
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The Latest: Law referrals by Alaska Legislature infrequent

A spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Law says referrals for investigation from the state Legislature are infrequent
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Police: Bank teller shot by robber in North Carolina

Police in North Carolina say a bank robber shot and wounded a teller before getting away with money
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Vice president's Montana's visit pushed back to July 25

Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Montana to campaign on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale has been pushed back a day
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Miami voters to decide David Beckham MLS soccer stadium

Miami voters will get a chance this fall to decide whether David Beckham's group can build a major league soccer stadium, park and complex in the city
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Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

The mother of an 8-year-old Indiana girl who was raped and killed in 1988 wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the crimes
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Report: Weather was deteriorating before Alaska plane crash

Investigators say a pilot who crashed a charter plane on an Alaska mountain initially confused the snow-covered slopes with a body of water in deteriorating weather conditions
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Teen injured during police chase

Authorities say a Florida teen was seriously injured during a police chase
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Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it
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US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

A court in western Turkey has again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage
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White St. Louis police chief candidate alleges bias

The former interim police chief in St. Louis who is white is alleging discrimination based on race or color in the selection of a permanent chief
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Court throws out 2012 welfare law over how bill was enacted

A Pennsylvania law ending cash welfare benefits and making other changes is being invalidated over methods used to push it through the Legislature
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6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

Six states and New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds
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Topeka crews fight 8 intentionally set fires in 1 night

Topeka authorities are looking for three juveniles after firefighters fought eight intentionally set fires overnight
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The Latest: DOJ says 6 states, NYC cheat citizens by suing

A Justice Department spokesman says six states and New York City cheat law-abiding citizens by suing the federal government over immigration enforcement policies
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Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for 7 bank robberies

A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for robbing seven banks in 2017
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Maine governor makes tidy profit on sale of Boothbay home

The Maine home purchased by Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his wife Ann three years ago is back on the market _ at nearly double the price that the couple purchased it for in 2014
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Woman convicted in son's death "disappointed" over appeal

A woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of her infant son is "disappointed" that Maine's high court rejected her appeal over her 13-year prison sentence
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Toll rates for Seattle tunnel could range from $1 to $2.25

The Washington State Transportation Commission selected possible tolling rates for a new State Route 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle
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The Latest: Officials issue new evacuations in Oregon

Two homes near Ruch, Oregon, are being evacuated as a wildfire started by lightning spreads
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The Latest: Charges filed in 1988 killing of Indiana girl

Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a man accused of killing and raping an 8-year-old Indiana girl in 1988
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Florida man schedule to be executed for 1992 murder

A Florida man is scheduled to be executed Aug. 14 for the 1992 murder of a woman who caught him burglarizing her apartment
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Attorney: Care center closed after unresponsive child dies

An attorney says an Oklahoma day care center has closed after a 6-month-old boy found unresponsive there died
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Michigan high court hears challenge to redistricting measure

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a challenge to a proposed November ballot initiative to change who draws congressional and legislative districts every decade
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Nevadan guilty of violating Endangered Species Act

A Nevada man pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act after he rammed his ATV into a gate and harmed the federally protected pupfish at the Devils Hole area in Death Valley National Park
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Groups sue in pursuit of Wyoming state vendor data

Groups' lawsuit claims Wyoming's state auditor has failed to deliver public records involving state vendors
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Judge: No additional prison time for terror-related charges

A federal judge has ruled that a native of Uzbekistan convicted of providing support to a terrorist group will not serve additional time in prison
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Retrial for neo-Nazi in death of woman in interracial couple

A neo-Nazi charged with killing of a woman in an interracial couple in Phoenix will be tried again
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Comer gains seat on farm bill conference committee

A Kentucky congressman has been chosen to serve on the conference committee assigned to negotiate a final version of the federal farm bill
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Seattle tops nation for third year with 65 tower cranes

Surveyors say Seattle is the crane capital of the country for the third year in a row after construction in the city rebounded from a lull earlier in the year
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US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

The Trump administration is easing rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 coal-fired power plants across the U.S. after utilities objected to the regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama
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Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

President Donald Trump endorses Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor
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Court questions whether Maine has money to expand Medicaid

Maine's high court is weighing whether to allow Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration to continue to block federal funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion
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Lembo says he won't support Malloy's $10 million toll study

Comptroller Kevin Lembo says he won't support funding for a $10 million tolling ordered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, fellow Democrat
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Judge rules no law enforcement duties for county sheriff

A judge ruled in favor of Los Alamos County, supporting the county's request to bar Sheriff Marco Lucero from performing law enforcement duties
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15 indicted in drug conspiracy based at housing complex

Fifteen people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a wide-ranging and sometimes fatal drug ring based out of a public housing complex in St. Louis
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Boyd takes his 1st swipe at Lee in Tennessee GOP gov race ad

Ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd is waging his first attacks on businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's four-way Republican gubernatorial primary
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Judge denies NFL's investigator request in concussion case

A federal judge has denied a request from the NFL to appoint a special investigator to look into what the league said is extensive fraudulent claims on the $1 billion concussion settlement
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Records show state reached quick settlement with officer

Documents show the state quickly reached a $200,000 settlement in 2015 with a New Mexico State Police officer who recently has been accused by a former colleague of having gambled while on duty
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Alaska lawmaker seeks review of document leak

An Alaska lawmaker wants the state Department of Law to review whether the leaking of a confidential audit merits prosecution
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Portland man gets life in prison for killing young daughter

A Portland man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his 15-month-old daughter
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5 charged in California murder of Mexican Mafia wife

Five gang members, including one man killed over the weekend in state prison, were charged in the Southern California shooting death of the wife of a member of the Mexican Mafia, authorities said Wednesday
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UConn appoints 44-member presidential search committee

The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees has appointed a 44-member search committee to look for the school's next president
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Growing fire shows potential for explosive Northwest season

A fast-moving grass fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest has forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare an emergency
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Man killed by Kansas City police had long criminal record

Detective: A man who was fatally shot by Kansas City police after wounding three officers had an extensive criminal record in Oklahoma
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Judge upholds candidate disqualification over citizenship

A judge has upheld the disqualification of a Georgia House candidate over citizenship requirements
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Pennsylvania blocked again in bid to take insurer's cash

A federal judge is blocking a third attempt in as many years by Pennsylvania to take at least $200 million in surplus cash from a state-chartered medical malpractice insurer of last resort
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Lawyers for teen accused in shooting plot want case moved

Lawyers for a Vermont teen accused of planning a mass shooting at his former high school have asked that his case be moved to family court
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Second raptor euthanized after being tangled in fishing line

A bald eagle has been euthanized at a Virginia wildlife center after it became tangled in fishing line
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Man charged in shooting plot seeks youthful-offender status

Attorneys for an 18-year-old man accused of planning a mass shooting at his former high school in Vermont have requested the court grant him youthful-offender status
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Funds available for monument honoring Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Backers of a Chicago monument honoring suffragette and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells-Barnett say enough money has been raised and pledged to build the structure
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Wichita attorney indicted in alleged cyberattacks

A Wichita lawyer and a computer software engineer have been charged in a federal indictment alleging they plotted cyberattacks on websites with information criticizing the attorney's work
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Kansas GOP senator loses post on panel for backing Democrats

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has stripped a fellow GOP senator of a committee leadership post after she publicly expressed support for two Democratic candidates
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Correction: Mental Health Grants story

Correction: Mental Health Grants story
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Texas governor's aide confirmed to 5th Circuit Court seat

The general counsel to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been confirmed to serve as a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
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Woman gets 15 days in jail for taking protected conchs

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for taking 40 queen conchs in the Florida Keys
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Court upholds $750K for restaurant patron who got sick

New Hampshire's Supreme Court has upheld a $750,000 jury award to a man who said he ate a hamburger at an Applebee's restaurant and contracted salmonella
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Judge: No additional prison for terror-related charges

A federal judge has ruled that a native of Uzbekistan convicted of providing support to a terrorist group will not serve additional time in prison
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Gage County will appeal $28.1M judgment to US Supreme Court

Gage County will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people wrongfully convicted of murder
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Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Current and U.S. veterans are split over President Donald Trump's statements in Helsinki on Russian meddling in the 2016 election
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Ohio chemical plant explodes, wide area evacuated

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of a large area around a chemical manufacturing plant that exploded and caught fire in Ohio
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Carson City woman guilty in DUI fatal at Lake Tahoe

A Carson City woman faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a fatal DUI accident at Lake Tahoe last summer
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Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City

President Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention
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Female grizzly euthanized after fall in Glacier park

A female grizzly bear was euthanized after suffering serious injuries in a fall in Glacier National Park
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Sioux Falls approves $300K for park safety improvements

Sioux Falls has approved $1.7 million to fund city projects that include improving safety at a park where a 5-year-old drowned this spring
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Mormon church urges judge to toss 1984 sex-assault claim

Mormon church lawyers are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was raped in the 1980s by a former Mormon missionary leader who held the powerful position even though church officials knew he had a history of sexual misconduct
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Search of Sioux Falls man's home finds bomb-making material

Authorities say they discovered bomb-making materials when they arrested a Sioux Falls man suspected in recent burglaries
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