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NJ Supreme Court to rule on law authorizing $10B in debt

Aug. 12, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court is scheduled to issue an opinion Wednesday on whether a new state law letting the governor borrow nearly $10 billion to shore up the budget can stand. The law passed the Democrat-led Legislature and was signed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy after he sought...

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Aug. 12, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters, in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo by Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin Senate leader Fitzgerald wins US House primary

Aug. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald took a giant step Tuesday toward seizing an open seat in Congress, easily defeating a surveying company owner in a Republican primary as the state navigated its second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in...

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo a sign advertises 5G at the Qualcomm booth at CES International in Las Vegas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, has overturned an antitrust ruling against Qualcomm, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple. The 3-judge panel unanimously sided with the San Diego chipmaker in tossing out a ruling on a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Appeals court tosses antitrust ruling against Qualcomm

Aug. 11, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned an antitrust ruling against Qualcomm, dismissing arguments that it unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple. The 3-judge panel unanimously sided with the San Diego chipmaker in...

NY faces bigger deluge in mail-in voting in November

Aug. 11, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Election officials are warning that cash-strapped New York has a lot of work to do before Nov. 3 to ensure it can handle an even bigger flood of absentee ballots in light of a surge in mail-in voting that fueled a six-week delay for results of the June primary. New York’s...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Sheneen McClain speaks during a rally and march over the death of her son, Elijah McClain, outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Police face new lawsuit, probes after Elijah McClain's death

Aug. 11, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A police department in suburban Denver faced a new set of investigations and legal problems Tuesday as scrutiny mounts over the death last year of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by officers, and other run-ins with people of color. McClain's parents sued the...

Sisolak signs business liability and worker protection bill

Aug. 11, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Tuesday expanding workplace safety protections for hotel and casino employees and shielding businesses that follow health directives from coronavirus-related lawsuits. “It’s about acknowledging that Nevada relies heavily on the...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker motions that people sometimes forget to wear their mask even when they have it their pocket as he answers questions from the media in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that public health officials may issue fines to Illinois businesses where employees or patrons aren't wearing face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

State Supreme Court consolidates lawsuits on Pritzker orders

Aug. 11, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court declined to take on a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker's coronavirus-related orders on Tuesday, moving the case to Sangamon County and consolidating it with a similar challenge. The decision comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay...

Nebraska state senators vote on a property tax bill in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Nebraska lawmakers pushed a property tax package through another procedural vote and were expected to do the same for new abortion restrictions in the session's final days. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Property tax, abortion bills set for final votes in Nebraska

Aug. 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a property tax and business incentives package and new abortion restrictions through a key procedural vote on Tuesday, despite fervent opposition from some senators in the final days of this year's session. Each measure won second-round approval in the...

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas officials say new COVID-19 law hurts contact tracing

Aug. 11, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often rely on employers to find out who has been in close...