Free-range parenting law eyed around U.S.

In this April 6, 2018, photo, Caleb Coulter, 10, left, and his sister Kendra, 12, play tag during a visit to the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. Critics say letting children strike out on their own can expose them to serious dangers. But lawmakers and advocates in several states say the protective pendulum has swung too far. They want to send a message that parents who raise their children in a healthy environment can grant them more freedom. Amy Coulter, mother of Caleb and Kendra, said she doesn't call herself a free-range parent. But she does avoid intervening with teachers on her older children's grades and encourages her children to use their own money to buy things at the grocery store. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps to bolster the idea that supporters say is an antidote for anxiety-plagued parents and overscheduled kids.

Court: Women can’t be paid less than men based on past wages

In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo provided by Aileen Rizo, Rizo, along with her daughters Diana Acosta, 10, center, and Vivan Acosta, 6, right, attend the national Women's March in Fresno, Calif. Relying on women's previous salaries to determine their incomes at new jobs perpetuates longstanding disparities in the wages of men and women and is illegal when it results in higher pay for men, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, April 9, 2018, in a novel opinion that aims to address the "financial exploitation of working women." The unanimous ruling by an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in the case of a California school employee who learned over lunch with colleagues in 2012 that she made thousands less than her male counterparts. Aileen Rizo took a job as a math consultant in Fresno County in 2009 after working for several years in Arizona. (Aileen Rizo via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Relying on a woman’s previous salary to determine her pay for a new job perpetuates disparities in the wages of men and women and is illegal when it results in higher pay for men, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Judge issues injunction in abortion provider case

This Jan. 26, 2018, photo shows Helen Weems, left and Susan Cahill at All Families Healthcare in Whitefish, Mont. In February 2018, Weems opened All Families Healthcare in Whitefish along with physician assistant Cahill, who in 1997 challenged a state law that at the time said only physicians could perform abortions. A state judge has ordered the state not to enforce the Montana Abortion Control Act against Weems, an advanced practice registered nurse, and an unnamed certified nurse midwife while they challenge the constitutionality of the state law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions. (Greg Lindstrom/Flathead Beacon via AP)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An advanced practice registered nurse and a certified nurse midwife can provide abortions in Montana — as long as they have the proper training — while they challenge the constitutionality of a state law that allows only physicians and physician assistants to perform abortions, a judge has ruled.

Reno teen hit by train trying to save dog will walk again

Annika Kerns lies with her dog Buster on the hospital bed that her parents have set up in the living room of their Reno, Nevada, home Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Nearly a month ago, Annika, 18, was hit by a train as she hiked past a no-trespassing sign with her boyfriend, a friend and her dog Buster. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It was at least a football field away when Annika Kerns saw the train.

Married detectives accused in thefts, pawning of state guns

This Wednesday, April 4, 2018, booking photo released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Phoenix police Detective Michael Darrick Maya. A married couple who worked as detectives for the state Department of Economic Security and the Phoenix Police Department face felony charges in the alleged thefts and pawning of state-owned guns and other equipment. Maya is accused of trafficking in stolen property, money laundering and conspiracy, while his wife, now-former DES Detective Autumn Maya, is accused of theft, fraud, forgery, trafficking in stolen property, money laundering and conspiracy. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — A married couple who worked as detectives, one for Arizona’s social-welfare agency and other for the Phoenix Police Department, have been arrested in the alleged thefts of numerous state-owned guns and other law enforcement equipment, officials said Thursday.

Body suspected to be from California cliff crash found

FILE - This March 28, 2018, aerial file photo taken from Alameda County Sheriff's Office drone video, courtesy of Mendocino County, shows the pullout where the SUV of Jennifer and Sarah Hart was recovered off Pacific Coast Highway 1, near Westport, Calif. On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office said a body has been recovered in the vicinity where the SUV plunged off a cliff, killing the family of eight in March 2018. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — A body was recovered Saturday in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff last month, killing a family of eight in what authorities suspect may have been an intentional crash.



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