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Georgia voting equipment breach at center of tangled tale

Sep. 24, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The tale of breached voting equipment in one of the country's most important political battleground states involves a bail bondsman, a prominent attorney tied to former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and a cast of characters from a...

Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

Sep. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The tattoos on Billie Stafford’s hands — inspired by street art and full of references to her work helping prevent drug-related deaths — have become an indelible memorial to the friend who inked them and the opioid crisis that killed him in April. As a...

Al Jazeera journalist's killing referred to ICC in complaint

Sep. 20, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A coalition of lawyers and advocacy groups said Tuesday it has referred the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court on behalf of her family, calling on prosecutors to investigate what it described as Israel’s deliberate...

Virginia governor seeks new transgender student policies

Sep. 17, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration has rewritten Virginia's model policies for the treatment of transgender students, issuing guidance for school divisions that would roll back some accommodations and tighten parental notification requirements. The...

Texas judge blocks investigations of trans youth families

Sep. 16, 2022 19:22 PM EDT

A Texas judge on Friday expanded her order blocking the state from investigating families of transgender youth who have received gender- affirming medical care. Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued a temporary injunction preventing the state from investigating members of the LGBTQ advocacy...

Minnesota high court to hear debate on cameras in courtroom

Sep. 16, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether to permanently allow cameras in the courtroom, following trials by ex-police officers Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter that were watched by millions of people around the world. An advisory committee of...

BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution

Sep. 15, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement Thursday over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations at the Whiting facility in Indiana. The agreement is the second in the past year...

Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction

Sep. 13, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials announced plans Tuesday to list the tricolored bat as endangered — the second U.S. bat species recommended for the designation this year as a fungal disease ravages their populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March...

Manchin's big energy deal draws pushback from many Dems

Sep. 10, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats desperately needed the vote of Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to get their signature legislative priority across the finish. So they did what Washington does best: They cut a deal. To help land his support for a bill hailed by advocacy groups as the...

WVa university graduates' transcripts blocked after closure

Sep. 08, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Holly Martin had just been offered her dream job as a school guidance counselor and was on track to earn her second master’s degree when she got alarming news: State officials in Washington, where she lives, hadn't received her undergraduate transcript. ...