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New Arkansas legislation takes aim at boycotting Israel

Jun. 25, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Among the many new laws that Arkansas legislators approved last year was a requirement that contractors bidding on state jobs sign a pledge they are not boycotting Israel. The potential First Amendment violation is Act 710 of 2017, also known as Arkansas Code Annotated 25-1-501 and...

Corporate America increasingly avoids gun-industry business

Jun. 24, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — With Gary Ramey's fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to start offering one of his handguns for sale on his website. That didn't sit well with the company he used to process payments, and they informed him they were dropping his account. Another...

Egypt's president approves law for ride-hailing apps

Jun. 24, 2018 10:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi approved a law governing popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the companies appealed a court ruling that revoked their licenses, the country's official gazette reported Sunday. The law establishes the basis for operating licenses and fees, and...

Gun industry sees banks as new threat to 2nd Amendment

Jun. 24, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — With Gary Ramey's fledgling gun-making business taking off in retail stores, he decided to start offering one of his handguns for sale on his website. That didn't sit well with the company he used to process payments, and they informed him they were dropping his account. Another...

New Florida law reignites beach access fight in Panhandle

Jun. 24, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Along a stretch of white, sandy shoreline in Florida's Panhandle, a simple question has led to profanity-laden arguments, private security guards and calls to law enforcement: Who owns the beach? In one coastal county, a new state law is set to rekindle that uproar just in...

Transgender rights battle returning to North Carolina court

Jun. 24, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than a year after North Carolina undid its "bathroom bill," a legal battle is simmering over a law that replaced it. A federal judge on Monday will hear arguments from transgender advocates who claim in a lawsuit that the replacement law still discriminates against the LGBT...

Iowa part of national trend placing limits on local control

Jun. 24, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Since winning control of both legislative chambers two years ago, Iowa Republicans have moved aggressively to block city and county government actions, leaving local officials frustrated but matching a trend seen in other states with single-party control. Legislators in Iowa last...

Trump pushes tough immigration stance in Nevada appearance

Jun. 24, 2018 1:10 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, President Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying "we have to be very strong" as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic. Trump was in Las Vegas to...

The Latest: Governor calls contempt ruling unjustified

Jun. 22, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a contempt of court ruling against the Arizona prisons chief for failing to adequately improve health care for inmates (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Gov. Doug Ducey's office says a contempt of court ruling against Arizona's prison director for failing to adequately improve...

Heller, Laxalt to attend roundtable with Trump on tax law

Jun. 22, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt will join President Donald Trump Saturday afternoon for a roundtable meeting on the GOP tax cuts. Deputy White House Political Director Brian Jack told reporters in a conference call Friday that others...