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UK could face public health 'crisis' from energy bill hike

Aug. 19, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's public health leaders appealed to the government on Friday to urgently tackle soaring energy prices, warning that the steep rise in household bills will lead to more people falling sick and increase the number of annual deaths linked with cold homes. In a...

Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Aug. 18, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry hit a legal roadblock in January when a judge struck down a $192 million oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico over future global warming emissions from burning the fuels. It came at a pivotal time for Chevron, Exxon and other industry...

Families win $5M in settlement over classroom abuse suit

Aug. 18, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The families of four nonverbal special education students have received $5 million in settlement money after they sued the county school system based in West Virginia's state capitol, alleging abuse in the classroom. The Charleston Gazette-Mail obtained...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 18, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Over 200 unhoused people have died in Oregon this year

Aug. 17, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least 207 Oregonians have died while experiencing homeless this year. That’s according to preliminary data from the Oregon Health Authority, The Register-Guard reported. This is the first time Oregon has released such numbers. Senate Bill...

Sweden presents plan to tackle high winter power bills

Aug. 17, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's government said Wednesday it wants to pass legislation forcing the country's public power transmission network operator to help reduce household and business electricity bills this winter. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, whose Social Democratic...

Abortion ban goes to S. Carolina House floor for big fight

Aug. 16, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A near total abortion ban in South Carolina that does not include exceptions for pregnancies' caused by rape or incest was sent to the state House floor Tuesday but not without hints and warnings that the lack of exceptions could cause a big legislative fight in a few weeks....

Idaho leaders OK $321K in transgender-birth certificate case

Aug. 16, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers who made it more difficult for transgender people to change the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a U.S. court ruling banning such obstacles must pay $321,000 in legal fees to the winning side after losing in the same court. ...

Trial starts in challenge to new Montana voting laws

Aug. 15, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native Americans who must travel long distances to election offices and cope with unreliable and infrequent mail delivery are further disenfranchised under election laws approved last year, a lawyer said Monday during opening statements in a trial challenging the laws'...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Aug. 15, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Spin doesn’t change that Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst refused to help with insulin costs When the chance came to put potentially decisive votes behind their words Aug. 7, the Iowa Republicans blinked. ...