Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who h...

Tennessee House speaker scandals spur 'no confidence' vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have cast a vote of no confidence in House Speaker Glen Casada, who remains ensnared by a spate of scandals. House GOP Majority Le...

California regulators not taking action against care homes

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 milli...

Alaska ferry service may have to pay armed Canadian police

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will pay armed Canadian police to provide protection to U.S. personnel at a ferry terminal in British Columbia. CoastAlaska reported Friday that the Alas...

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of t...

A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreation...

Taiwan holds first joint wedding for gay and straight couples

Taiwan's first joint wedding ceremony for gay and heterosexual couples took place in Taipei Saturday (May 18), one day after same-sex marriage was made legal in the nation. Taiwan made history ...

In abortion debates, female lawmakers recount their rapes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her collea...

Texas passing laws, but not leading abortion fight this time

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sidestepping bigger abortion battles playing out elsewhere in the U.S., Texas Republicans on Friday pushed a bill toward Gov. Greg Abbott's desk that would ban the state's liberal...

Latest: GOP-led Missouri Legislature approves abortion ban

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Missouri's Republican-led Legislature...

Test of 'cannabis cafes' gets state OK, but obstacles remain

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out "cannabis cafes" where adults could use pot in a social setting. The 3-2 vote by the Canna...

EU citizens in UK have their say on Brexit in European vote

LONDON (AP) — Hedwig Hegtermans has lived in Britain for two decades, but she didn't have a vote when the country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. She's determined to have her say on Brexi...

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for Asia. The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, includ...

Taiwan's legislature approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's legislature approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia.

Taiwan set to legalize gay marriage despite legislative hurdles

TAIPEI (DW) -- Over 1,500 pro-marriage equality supporters gathered outside Taiwan's legislature earlier this week as lawmakers tried to smooth out differences among three competing draft bills on...