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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. The refusal of Gov. Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to impose their own local ordinances setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose such demands. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Local control dispute brewing over Iowa mask mandates

Aug. 9, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

The refusal of Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to adopt their own local ordinances, setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose mask rules in the absence of a governor’s...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, a police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after  Floyd's death in May.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

California eyes 11 police reforms after George Floyd's death

Aug. 8, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bills...

Pro-China supporters displays a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against the U.S. sanctions outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing's effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong, Chinese officials jeer at US sanctions

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader and China's top representative in the city took pot shots at the United States on Saturday after the Trump administration sanctioned them and nine other officials for allegedly cracking down on freedom and undermining the local autonomy of the former British colony....

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Aug. 8, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for...

New York extends some relief for renters amid COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Evictions are still on hold in New York courts as housing advocates worry about the fate of an estimated 14,000 renters who faced eviction before the state's COVID-19 emergency. Courts spokeswoman Lucian Chalfen said Friday that the state's stay of evictions is still in effect through a...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Otero County Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Coy Griffin denounces gun control and pro-abortion rights bills in the New Mexico State Legislature at a protest outside the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The group said this week seek arbitration in a fight with the New Mexico Secretary of State over fines and required reports. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Cowboys for Trump resists reveal of financial contributors

Aug. 7, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The support group Cowboys for Trump and its founder Couy Griffin are resisting pressure to disclose financial contributors in what could be a test case of a 2019 New Mexico state law that requires greater disclosures of independent political spending. Griffin, an Otero County...

Sisolak signs police reforms that include ban on chokeholds

Aug. 7, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor has signed into law two measures passed by legislators in an emergency session to address laws governing police conduct in light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, who died after an officer pressed a knee to his neck. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, front, gesturers during a news conference as House speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, right, and Secretary of Public safety Brian Moran, left, look on at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in granting the release of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, according to a report from the state's government watchdog agency that was initially withheld from the public. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Officer's killing: Report finds violations in parole case

Aug. 6, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in the case of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, the state's government watchdog agency said in a report initially withheld from the public. ...

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

Aug. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

An Iowa appeals court dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The Iowa Court of Appeals in its ruling posted Wednesday agreed with a lower court finding that the legal challenge was speculative...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, closed businesses are seen in downtown San Francisco. A California judge has ordered changes to an election information guide for arguments opposing a property tax ballot initiative. Proposition 15 will ask voters to raise taxes on business properties with a value of $3 million or more. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Judge orders changes to voter guide for property tax measure

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ordered changes to an election guide mailed to every registered California voter this fall, ruling Wednesday that some arguments opposing a hotly contested property tax initiative are “false or misleading.” Proposition 15 will ask voters to...