Iowa swung fiercely to Trump. Will it swing back in 2020?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Few states have changed politically with the head-snapping speed of Iowa. In 2008, its voters propelled Barack Obama to the White House, an overwhelmingly wh...

Paid parental leave for fed workers could spur wider changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government’s 2.1 million employees will get paid parental leave for the first time, a galvanizing moment in the growing movement to bring the benefit to all U.S. workers....

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court...

Trump says he'll expand child care, paid leave for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Thursday to expand child care and time-off options for working moms and dads confronted with high costs and lack of access to quality care, saying in ...

3 teachers suspended over text messages leaked online

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school board voted to discipline three teachers accused of sharing offensive text messages about students that were later leaked online. The Houston C...

German doctor fined again over abortion advertising ban

BERLIN (AP) — A German doctor has been convicted for the second time of violating a ban on advertising abortions in a case that has become a rallying point for opponents of the law. ...

California considers calling THC in pot a risk to moms-to-be

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pr...

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one cap...

Slovakia may force women to get pre-abortion ultrasound

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers in Slovakia are scheduled to debate a proposed law Friday that would compel women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat of the embryo or f...

1 year later, mystery surrounds China’s gene-edited babies

Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world by claiming he had helped make the first gene-edited babies. One year later, mystery surrounds his fate as well as theirs. He has not b...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day...

Players in Spanish women’s league go on strike

MADRID (AP) — Spanish women’s league players have gone on strike this weekend demanding better wages and worker protections. Both of Saturday’s games and the six games scheduled for Sunday were postpo...

Chain of Christian pregnancy centers to offer contraceptives

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this summer in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from...

Review: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy finds inspiration in Hawaii

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, “I Made a Place” (Drag City) Will Oldham, appearing here under his Bonnie “Prince” Billy alter ego, has made too much music in the past decade to list here, bu...

Abortion ban proposal faces a murky future in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina could get closer to being the latest state to pass a ban on almost all abortions Tuesday as a proposal faces another vote, but the bill's future is murky because i...