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Paris Hilton backs California bill to bring more transparency to youth treatment facilities

Apr. 15, 2024 20:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paris Hilton joined California state lawmakers Monday to push for legislation aimed at cracking down on the industry that cares for troubled teens by requiring more transparency from youth treatment facilities. The bill supported by the Hilton Hotel...

Audit says Arkansas governor's office potentially violated laws with $19,000 lectern purchase

Apr. 15, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' office potentially violated state laws on purchasing, state property and government records when it purchased a $19,000 lectern for the Republican governor that's prompted nationwide attention, an audit requested by lawmakers said...

Bill meant to improve math skills passes as Kentucky lawmakers approach end of legislative session

Apr. 15, 2024 20:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at improving the math skills of Kentucky students won final passage Monday as lawmakers considered the final stacks of bills before concluding this year's legislative session. A high-profile measure intended to reduce the Bluegrass State’s...

Tennessee schools would have to out transgender students to parents under bill heading to governor

Apr. 15, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would join the ranks of states where public school employees have to out transgender students to their parents under a bill advancing in the Republican-supermajority Legislature. GOP House lawmakers gave near-final passage to the bill on Monday,...

New Orleans shooting that killed 1, injured 11 renews calls for changes to new concealed carry law

Apr. 15, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A shooting outside a New Orleans nightclub that left one woman dead and 11 other people wounded prompted renewed calls Monday for changes to a pending Louisiana law allowing concealed carry of a handgun without a permit. The shooting took place late Sunday in...

California officials sue Huntington Beach over voter ID law passed at polls

Apr. 15, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials on Monday sued Huntington Beach over a new law that lets the city require voters to provide identification to cast ballots at the polls starting in 2026. State Attorney General Rob Bonta said the measure approved by voters in the...

Georgia lawmakers scuffle over a divisive bill that opponents say mimics Kremlin's repressive law

Apr. 15, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's legislature scuffled on Monday as the parliament debated a divisive new law dubbed the foreign agent bill. Hours later, hundreds of people protested against the legislation outside the parliament in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. ...

A key plank in Britain's plan to send migrants to Rwanda is set to become law

Apr. 15, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key plank in the British government’s plan to send some asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda is expected to become law this week, but opponents plan new legal challenges that could keep deportation flights grounded. A bill aimed at overcoming a U.K. Supreme...

The Civil War raged and fortune-seekers hunted for gold. This era produced Arizona's abortion ban

Apr. 15, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

As Union and Confederate armies clashed in a bloody fourth year of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln tasked one man to create the legal code for Arizona, almost 50 years before the territory became a state. New York judge William Thompson Howell wrote 500 pages that spanned...

Semiautomatic firearm ban passes Colorado's House, heads to Senate

Apr. 14, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled House on Sunday passed a bill that would ban the sale and transfer of semiautomatic firearms, a major step for the legislation after roughly the same bill was swiftly killed by Democrats last year. The bill, which passed on a 35-27...