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High court weighs limits on child abuse evidence

High court weighs limits on child abuse evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.
The justices on Monday debated whether out-of-court statements that children make to their teachers about abuse can be used as evidence ... (full story)


Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash<BR>

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.
These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill i ... (full story)


Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Modern meat production, in which thousands of animals are packed into barns for concentrated feeding operations, has proven to be efficient and profitable, but comes with its own set of problems.
From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the livestock industry to chang ... (full story)


Questions on plaintiffs unlikely to derail health lawsuit

Questions on plaintiffs unlikely to derail health lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite questions about four challengers' legal right to bring their lawsuit, the Supreme Court probably will not be deterred from deciding whether millions of people covered by the health care overhaul are eligible for the subsidies that make their insurance affordable.
The court will hear arguments in ea ... (full story)


Tampa Bay tugboat business ancestor ran Civil War blockades

Tampa Bay tugboat business ancestor ran Civil War blockades

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — His roots in Tampa's shipping industry date back more than 150 years, when Arthur Savage's great-great-grandfather, Capt. James McKay Sr., ran blockades during the Civil War and founded commercial shipping on Florida's west coast.
Shipping is so ingrained in Savage's DNA that with little effort, he can na ... (full story)