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Rep. William Lamberth, R-Portland, left, introduces a bill during a special session on education Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee lawmakers OK education bills in special session

Jan. 22, 2021 12:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Friday finished tackling education issues that have surfaced during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Republicans fumed that some districts still are not back in classrooms but declined to act on their proposal to withhold state funding for staying virtual. The brief...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 22, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Connecticut is barely holding its own in the battle against COVID-19; we could be winning Hartford Courant Jan. 17 In assessing Connecticut’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the contrast between...

Bill advances to limit trans youth health care in Montana

Jan. 22, 2021 11:51 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House Judiciary Committee voted Friday to advance a bill that would ban gender-confirming health care for transgender minors. Proponents of the bill say it would defend trans children from life-altering medical procedures they cannot fully consent to. Opponents say it...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020 file photo, voters masked against coronavirus line up for Wisconsin's primary election in Milwaukee. Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate would be overturned by the Republican-controlled state Legislature under a resolution that could be voted on as soon as Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Morry Gash File)

Wisconsin Republicans propose getting rid of mask mandate

Jan. 22, 2021 11:42 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature are considering ending the statewide mask mandate designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and could do so by passing a resolution as soon as next week. Twenty-seven Republican lawmakers signed on to the resolution that was...

FILE - House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, talks on a phone as he sits at the feet of the statue of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Saturday, March 13, 2010. A panel of Virginia legislators will discuss the removal of a statue of former governor and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr., from the state Capitol grounds. Byrd was a staunch segregationist and the architect of massive resistance against integrating schools. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers vote to remove statue of segregationist

Jan. 22, 2021 11:40 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia legislators advanced a bill Friday to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch segregationist, from the state Capitol grounds. The decision to advance the bill comes amid a yearslong effort in history-rich Virginia to rethink who is honored in the state's...

Mel Silva, right, the managing director of Google Australia and New Zealand, appears via a video link during a Senate inquiry into a mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content.  (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Jan. 22, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying “we don't respond to threats.” ...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

Minnesota Democrats unveil bill to expand voter access

Jan. 21, 2021 7:09 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are aiming to expand election protections and access to the ballot box after an election that featured disinformation and doubt about the results. The bill, with voting rights lawyer and freshman Democrat Rep. Emma Greenman of Minneapolis as chief author, has a...

Kansas moves into second phase of COVID-19 immunizations

Jan. 21, 2021 6:36 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is shifting into the second phase of coronavirus immunizations as the Republican-led state House on Thursday approved a bill that would extend the state’s pandemic emergency declaration. The 119-3 vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who has until Jan. 26...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, is University of Montana cross country runner Juniper Eastwood, center, warming up with her teammates at Campbell Park in Missoula, Mont. Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Montana. The proposed ban is personal for people like Eastwood, a transgender woman and former member of the University of Montana's track and field and cross-country running teams. She said the legislation

Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday in Montana, one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health...