Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews — a move that could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.

  • Written by MEGAN TRIMBLE, Associated Press

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Whether a strict Texas voter ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.

  • Written by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press