• NC legislature could step in on clinic rule proposal

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups and their allies on Thursday tried to preserve clinic rules proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration from potential changes by the General Assembly this year that they fear would erode constitutionally protected rights to the procedure....

  • Biloxi mayor admitted to alcohol treatment facility

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mayor A.J. Holloway has been admitted to an alcohol treatment facility in Hattiesburg. The city, in a news release posted on its website, said Holloway checked himself into the facility Thursday afternoon. Holloway has appointed Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines as...

  • House committee OKs abortion-inducing medication measure

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House committee approved a proposal Thursday to require a doctor be present when women take abortion-inducing medication. The Public Health, Welfare, and Labor committee Thursday voted to send the bill to the full House. The measure would prevent...

  • Haslam wraps up Insure Tennessee tour, names Senate sponsor

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has finally found a Senate sponsor for his Insure Tennessee proposal just days before the start of a special legislative session to take up the matter. Haslam said Thursday that Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville agreed to carry the...

  • Effort to warn women about alcohol during pregnancy

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A media campaign is set to launch in March that is aimed at reducing the number of children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Alaska. A study also is planned that is expected to involve signs and pregnancy-test dispensers in bars, to test their...

  • House passes judicial review of mental health decisions

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others. "This is the first...

  • Richard Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England. Sherman doesn't seem worried about the potential arrival of his son interfering with his chances at winning a...

  • GOP legislators to introduce medical marijuana bills

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican legislators in conservative South Carolina expect to introduce bills next month allowing marijuana to be grown and prescribed for certain illnesses. State Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Jenny Horne said Thursday lawmakers need to give patients access to the...

  • Anderson Silva returns at UFC 183 with his broken leg healed

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Gabriel Silva is a promising young boxer, and that doesn't please his famous father one bit. Even while sitting amid speed bags, wrestling mats and mixed martial arts cages in his impressive gym in the Los Angeles suburbs, Anderson Silva can't stomach the...

  • Ohio leaders weigh in on policy issues facing state in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four of Ohio's statewide officers expressed opposition Thursday to an effort to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, with the state's attorney general calling one proposal "a stupid idea." The plan would amend the Ohio Constitution to make marijuana legal...

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