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Samoa's 1st female PM takes office after constitution crisis

Jul. 27, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa's first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday. A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair that her predecessor...

Tunisia on edge as president suspends parliament, fires PM

Jul. 26, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Troops surrounded Tunisia’s parliament and blocked its speaker from entering Monday after the president suspended the legislature and fired the prime minister and other top members of government, sparking concerns for the North African country's young democracy at...

Newspaper: Georgia hospitals skirting pricing requirements

Jul. 25, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some hospitals in Georgia have not made it easy for a patient to find out how much they charge for specific procedures despite a federal requirement to provide clear and accessible pricing information online, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. ...

Rutledge calls for putting tax elimination on '22 ballot

Jul. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Thursday that while running for the Republican nomination for governor, she also will try to put on next year's ballot a proposition to end the state's individual income tax. Rutledge, who is...

Missouri Supreme Court reverses Medicaid expansion decision

Jul. 22, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that the constitutional amendment would wrongfully force lawmakers to set aside additional money. The...

Poland's Senate confirms new ombudsman after long standoff

Jul. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Senate endorsed a human rights lawyer Wednesday as the nation’s next ombudsman, ending months of political tug-of-war over the sensitive position. In a vote facilitated by the right-wing ruling party waiving its objections, senators...

New timeline takes Maine redistricting process into the fall

Jul. 21, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is allowing the state more time for redistricting because of delays in the release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Under the Maine Constitution, lawmakers have until early June of the year...

Court rejects lawsuit challenging child protection system

Jul. 20, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a former state employee who accused the Department of Health and Human Services of failing to protect children from abuse and neglect. Anna Carrigan, a former social worker, sued the...

Pro-democracy, women's rights activists to get Liberty Medal

Jul. 20, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and a Saudi women's rights activist will be presented the Liberty Medal later this year. The National Constitution Center announced Tuesday that the annual award will be presented Sept. 21 to Jimmy Lai and Loujain...

Missouri treasurer sues secretary of state over amendment

Jul. 20, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri treasurer on Monday sued the secretary of state over a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with expanded powers for the treasurer's office. Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick sued fellow Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft,...