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Assembly to vote on ending licenses for braiding hair

Jun. 23, 2021 01:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People would be allowed to braid hair without a license under a rare bipartisan bill the state Senate was set to send to Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday. The Black community has been pushing to deregulate braiding for years. Thirty states currently...

Wisconsin Senate poised to approve gun sanctuary bill

Jun. 23, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was poised Wednesday to approve a bill that would prohibit police in Wisconsin from enforcing any future federal federal laws banning or restricting the use of guns. The proposal is part of a national wave of...

Man is first to stand trial under Hong Kong's security law

Jun. 23, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The first person to stand trial under Hong Kong's national security law pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag. Tong Ying-kit was arrested...

Kobe Bryant's widow to settle lawsuit over deadly crash

Jun. 23, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa Bryant, her children and relatives of other victims filed a...

Adams takes fragile lead in NYC Democratic mayoral primary

Jun. 23, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appeared to take a fragile lead Tuesday in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, but it could be weeks before it becomes clear who is actually on top in the first citywide election to use ranked choice voting. ...

Rights group: Facebook amplified Myanmar military propaganda

Jun. 23, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

Facebook's recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company's own policies in Myanmar following a military takeover in February, a new report by the rights group Global Witness says. A month after the military seized...

Too early to declare who won 8-way primary for Manhattan DA

Jun. 23, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On TV dramas, cases brought by the Manhattan district attorney usually wrap up in about an hour. Figuring out who’s likely to be the borough’s next district attorney in real life will take a bit longer. A winner in the Democratic primary for the...

EXPLAINER: What's next now that GOP has blocked voting bill?

Jun. 23, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

Senate Republicans have blocked debate of a sweeping overhaul of how elections are run in the U.S. The bill was pushed by congressional Democrats who argued it was needed to counter a spate of new GOP laws this year tightening voting rules in the states. A look at what...

Biden faces growing pressure from the left over voting bill

Jun. 23, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When New York Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones was at the White House for the signing of the proclamation making Juneteenth a national holiday last week, he told President Joe Biden their party needed him more involved in passing voting legislation on the Hill. ...

Indicted Rochester mayor defeated in Democratic primary

Jun. 23, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who ran for a third term while under indictment in a campaign finance case and under fire for her handling of a police killing, was defeated Tuesday in the Democratic primary by City Councilman Malik Evans. Evans’...