• Bill on birth control stalls in Oregon Legislature

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would allow women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's prescription stalled Friday when a committee chair decided to convene a study group instead of moving the legislation forward. Republican Rep. Knute Buehler...

  • Bill requiring parental abortion notification clears hurdle

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Assembly members approved a bill Friday that requires doctors to notify a girl's parents before performing an abortion on a minor, in spite of concerns from Democrats that girls would go to desperate lengths to avoid revealing their pregnancies. The...

  • House endorses bill to close Montana Developmental Center

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state House reversed course on Friday and passed a bill to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder after voting against it Thursday. Representatives endorsed Senate Bill 411 as amended on Friday by a vote of 61-39 with 46 Republicans and 15 Democrats...

  • Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has heart surgery

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace aortic valve. Hoiberg had surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Doctor Rakesh Suri says the operation was a success, adding that "Hoiberg is in recovery and...

  • Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls. Only she wasn't. Doctors first noticed her slightly enlarged...

  • State asks judge for clarification in competency ruling

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer for the state health services department has asked a federal judge to clarify or reconsider portions of her sweeping ruling that found that the state's practice of holding mentally ill people in jails for weeks or months while they await competency services was...

  • Correction: Vermont-Gun Restrictions story

    Yesterday

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story April 16 about a bill to put restrictions on guns in Vermont, The Associated Press misreported what a lawmaker said. Democratic Rep. Barbara Rachelson said she hoped her colleagues, not just Republicans, would show as much concern for people with...

  • USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

    Yesterday

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant...

  • Lawyer to judge: New NCAA head-injury deal as bad as first

    Yesterday

    CHICAGO (AP) — A dissenting plaintiff's attorney told a federal judge Friday that a reworked class-action head-injury settlement with the NCAA is as bad as the one the same judge rejected in December — though other attorneys defended it. The hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago,...

  • Vermont House passes gun restrictions

    Yesterday

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is...

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