States move to ease restrictions on child sex-abuse lawsuits

In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures about abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Meek Mill, Jay-Z and sports owners back justice reforms

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A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment pledged their high-profile platforms and $50 million on Wednesday at the launch of an organization that will lobby for changes to state probation and parole laws.

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The Latest: McConnell blames 'far-left activists' and media

The Latest on reaction from a recent encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial. (all times local):
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Pelosi officially postpones Trump's State of the Union address

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he intends to deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress next week, dismissing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's argument that adequate security can't be provided during the partial government shutdown.
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Jackson Lee steps down as Judiciary subcommittee chairwoman

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is stepping down from her position as leader of one of the House Judiciary Committee's key subcommittees.
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NAACP objects to Georgia lawmaker serving in leadership role

Atlanta's NAACP branch is criticizing the leadership appointment of a Georgia lawmaker who it says has supported "racist institutions and white supremacy."
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Kentucky school comes under fire after Washington incident

Less than a week ago, Covington Catholic High School was known mostly for its seven state titles in football and its rousing motto, "A spirit that will not die."
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US stock indexes wobble after early gain fades away

Stocks are mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday after giving up an early gain. Energy companies are down as the price of crude oil falls for the third time in four days after a strong start to 2019.
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Illinois ends participation in multi-state voter database

The Illinois State Board of Elections has voted to end the state's participation in a multistate voter registration system that critics have said is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers.
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Prosecutors urge judge to consult with court monitor on PG&E

U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires.
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Police called to shutdown protest at McConnell office

Police in Kentucky were called to a protest by a group of federal government workers at a field office for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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The Latest: Some recalled IRS workers can stay off the job

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Sanders says it's laughable that White House is inaccessible

Following the apparent demise of the traditional afternoon briefing of reporters, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls any notion the Trump administration is not accessible to the press "absolutely laughable."
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Judge lets Arkansas law against Israeli boycotts stand

A federal judge has let stand an Arkansas law requiring contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, ruling that such a boycott is not protected by the First Amendment.
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Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines

Georgia's new elections chief asked lawmakers Wednesday for $150 million to replace the state's outdated electronic voting machines. In doing so, he all but closed the door on a hand-marked paper balloting system that experts say is cheapest and most secure.
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W.Va. Senate passes free tuition bill for community colleges

West Virginia residents could attend community and technical college for free under a bill passed by the state Senate for the second straight year.
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Colorado governor works to try to prevent teachers strike

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday he is seeking to prevent Denver teachers from walking off the job next week after they overwhelmingly voted to strike over pay.
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Florida's 2018 youth vote swells over previous midterm

They rallied hundreds of thousands to march for gun reform, landed on the cover of Time magazine and raised millions of dollars from celebrities like Oprah and George Clooney. But could the teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting actually motivate unpredictable young voters to cast their ballots?
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Iowa Sen. Ernst denies allegation of affair with soldier

Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday denied allegations leveled by her ex-husband that she had an affair with a subordinate while she served in the military.
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California city approves 25-cent fee on disposable cups

Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don't bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of an ordinance approved by city officials to eliminate restaurant waste.
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Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats

A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election.
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The Latest: More police patrols near targeted Muslim enclave

The Latest on plot to attack an upstate New York Muslim community (all times local):