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In this May 2, 2019, photo, Savanah Harshbarger, a medical student at Duke University, poses for a photo on campus in Durham, N.C. Harshbarger estimates she did as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients who were under anesthesia for gynecologic surgeries. Bills introduced in roughly a dozen states this year would require that women undergoing gynecological surgeries give explicit approval to a pelvic exam beforehand. It’s a step that some medical experts say is an unnecessary intrusion into care. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 12, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation. "It's pretty empowering to know this is something...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks before many women know they're pregnant. Georgia became the fourth state to enact the ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 12, 2019 - 4:34 am
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and...
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FILE- In a June 23, 2015, file photo, traffic heads north along the Lodge freeway in Detroit. Michigan, the state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country, is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits. The Republican-led Legislature is pushing to save people money by making mandatory unlimited medical coverage optional, but Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer opposes dueling bills that have cleared the House and Seante. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 11, 2019 - 9:16 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut rates by reining in generous medical benefits. Auto-friendly Michigan, which is among a dozen "no-fault" states where drivers must buy...
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This combination of 2018 photos shows N.C. Sen. Dan Bishop and Dan McCready. Bishop, best known as the architect of the state’s so-called bathroom bill is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal. The state elections board unanimously ordered the new election after Mark Harris, the Republican in 2018’s race against Democrat Dan McCready, used a political operative accused of improperly collecting mail-in ballots. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer via AP, Chuck Burton)
May 11, 2019 - 8:45 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator best known as the architect of the state's so-called bathroom bill three years ago is racking up contributions and endorsements as he runs in the repeat of a congressional race marred by a ballot fraud scandal . State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, snowfall surrounds Romney Hall on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills Friday, May 10, 2019, to authorize spending of nearly $400 million on infrastructure projects in the state, including $25 million to renovate Romney Hall and add more classrooms. (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP, File)
May 10, 2019 - 2:19 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills Friday that allow for spending nearly $400 million on buildings, bridges and water systems across the state — an effort aimed at creating jobs, boosting the state's economy and clearing up a backlog of needed work. The bills...
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May 09, 2019 - 3:51 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story May 8 about a school safety bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported that the bill takes effect immediately. While nearly all of the recommendations made by a commission formed after a mass shooting at a Parkland high school took...
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CORRECTS YEAR OF CASE TO 2016, NOT 2017 - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, Cash Spencer poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. Spencer was a dissenting juror in a sodomy case in the 2016 conviction of Olan Williams. Oregon is the last state to allow split juries in criminal cases. Just ten of twelve jurors need agree for a guilty verdict. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 08, 2019 - 6:12 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a jury convicted an Oregon man of having sex with a passed-out partygoer, one of the jurors left the courthouse and wept. Cash Spencer and three other jurors believed the defendant was innocent, but after a lunch break, one changed her mind. Hours later, another changed...
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FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, addresses members of the Senate at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The Manhattan Democrat is one of the main sponsors of a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president's federal returns. The state senate approved the legislation Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
May 08, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled Senate approved a bill easily Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose the president'...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2006, file photo, cooling towers of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant are reflected in the Susquehanna River in this image taken with a slow shutter speed in Middletown, Pa. The owner of Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, is acknowledging in a Wednesday, May 8, 2019 statement that it is unlikely to get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania and says it plans to go through with a shutdown starting June 1. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
May 08, 2019 - 9:28 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, now appears certain it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania and will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, meets with Senate President Pro Ten Toni Atkins , of San Diego, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif. "We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn't have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns," said McGuire, who is sponsoring a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition for appearing on the state ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 07, 2019 - 7:43 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Congress won't be seeing President Donald Trump's tax returns any time soon, but that request isn't the only way Democrats are trying to pry them loose. So far this year, lawmakers in at least 20 states have introduced bills that would require presidential candidates to release...
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