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Nation Feb 10More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy
In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and…
Nation Oct 31An Iowa diocese covered up priest’s abuse of dozens of boys
The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. And it was not until this week, after The Associated Press inquired about him, that he was publicly identified by the church…
Nation Jul 22Private messaging apps undermine state public record laws
Open government advocates fear that private messaging apps are being misused by public officials to conduct business in secret and evade transparency laws.
Politics Mar 11‘Fake news’ smear takes hold among politicians at all levels
It's become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician's supporters to ignore legitimate reporting and hard questions, as a smear of the beleaguered and dwindling local press corps, and as a way for conservatives to push back against what they…
Politics Feb 03State legislatures see flurry of activity on abortion bills
Republican-controlled states have passed hundreds of bills since 2011 restricting access to abortion while Democratic-led states have taken steps in the other direction.
Politics Jan 03Woman drops gender bias case against Trump campaign
A former organizer for Donald Trump in Iowa who filed a legal complaint accusing the campaign of gender discrimination has decided not to pursue a lawsuit.
Education Dec 31Spread of fake news prompts literacy efforts in schools
Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.
Politics Oct 30These four states will weigh tougher gun control in election
Gun control supporters hope passage of the proposals shows widening support for more measures designed to keep firearms away from dangerous people.
Nation Feb 02Iowa Democrats face criticism over missteps at caucus sites
Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders faced similar scrutiny Tuesday over how they and their volunteers handled the state's signature political event.