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Missing transgender teen misidentified, LGBT groups speak up

A frightened Kansas City mother rushed to the nearest police station one afternoon in September after her 14-year-old hadn’t come home from school. At the front desk, Judith Boris shared every detail she could think of that could help police ...

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Online sales make up a larger portion of overall sales again

More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to push total sales higher. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4 percent between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 compared with ...

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Long-term mortgage rates remain at historically low levels

U.S. long-term mortgage rates are little changed this week, remaining at historically low levels to prod prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 3.74 percent, from 3.73 percent ...

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Connecticut courts moving notices from newspapers to website

The Connecticut court system will usher in the New Year by moving required public notices to its website and out of newspapers, citing lower costs and the potential to reach a wider audience. Media representatives, however, believe the move will ...

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Federal oversight of St. Louis County Family Court ends

The U.S. Department of Justice is ending its oversight of the St. Louis County Family Court, saying the court is now in compliance with a 2016 agreement meant to ensure the fair treatment of juveniles, especially black juveniles. The Family ...

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Burning Man organizers sue over millions in US permit fees

Burning Man organizers sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to recover millions of dollars they say the government has overcharged them in fees over the past seven years at the counter-culture celebration in the Nevada desert. Black Rock City ...

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Changing Kansas Supreme Court faces wary GOP-led Legislature

Kansas’ new chief justice plans to push for changes aimed at helping veterans and the mentally ill, and expects to press for a big budget increase from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s likely to remain sharply critical of the state Supreme ...

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SUNDAYS AFTER: Patrick Shepard finds healing in basketball

Editor’s note: This is a story in a series by the Associated Press titled “Sundays After,” where Associated Press photographer Wong Maye-E and writer Juliet Linderman traveled across the U.S. and sought out men and women who were willing to share ...

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AG: Drug law affects opioid case, clergy probe to go longer

State Attorney General Dana Nessel said lawmakers should revisit Michigan’s unique law that shields drugmakers from product liability lawsuits, saying it “absolutely” has affected her strategy to seek damages for the painkiller addiction epidemic. Her office last week sued four ...

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