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California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 16, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

Judge reviews tax credits to support private school tuition

Sep. 16, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge heard arguments Thursday over the constitutionality of allowing public tax credits to support private school tuition as a school-choice dispute reached a Kentucky courtroom. Opponents said the provisions represent a form of aid to private...

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law's swift impact, and future

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in October will hear the Biden administration's efforts to block Texas' new law banning most abortions, which is already putting a strain on clinics and patients in the two weeks since it took effect. U.S. District Judge Robert...

Biden slammed for challenging nuclear workplace health law

Sep. 16, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state are upset the Biden administration is challenging a law making it easier for workers who become ill at a former nuclear weapons production site to be compensated. The Supreme Court will likely decide in the next few...

EU Parliament asks Polish PM to stop law primacy court case

Sep. 16, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on Poland’s prime minister to cancel a case in which he asks a top Polish court whether Poland’s or the European Union's law takes precedence in the country. The court’s ruling,...

Portland scraps Texas boycott, allocates abortion funds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has scrapped a plan to boycott Texas businesses because of a new law that prohibits most abortions there, deciding Wednesday to instead set aside $200,000 to fund reproductive care. The liberal Pacific...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

Sep. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction. ...

Attempt by far-right to reconvene Idaho House fizzles

Sep. 15, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attempt by far-right lawmakers Wednesday to form a quorum at the Statehouse that they say would have allowed them to force the Legislature to reconvene and pass laws to prohibit vaccine mandates fizzled when only 16 of the 70 House members showed up. ...

Officials: Police in Elijah McClain hometown racially biased

Sep. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A civil rights investigation that was launched amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain — a Black man put into a chokehold during an encounter with suburban Denver police two years ago — found a deeply engrained culture of racially biased policing within the...

Pritzker: Illinois a 'force for good' by cutting carbon gas

Sep. 15, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants. ...