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Idaho Supreme Court won't block strict abortion bans

Aug. 12, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges over the laws play out in court, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling means potential relatives of an embryo or fetus can now sue abortion providers over procedures...

Inflation Reduction Act may have little impact on inflation

Aug. 12, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation raging near its highest level in four decades, the House on Friday gave final approval to President Joe Biden's landmark Inflation Reduction Act. Its title raises a tantalizing question: Will the measure actually tame the price spikes that have inflicted hardships...

Kansas abortion vote shows limits of GOP's strength

Aug. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to a detailed Associated Press analysis of the voting...

New York scraps word ‘inmate’ in state law

Aug. 12, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has amended several state laws to remove the word “inmate” and replace it with “incarcerated person” to refer to people serving prison time. The changes, signed into law Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, are intended to reduce the stigma of being in...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 11, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 11, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

Times and Democrat. August 10, 2022. Editorial: S.C. has more than climate vs. wildfires South Carolina and Georgia are glad to be the exceptions. Nearly 70% of the U.S. population across parts of every state in the continental United States, except for...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 11, 2022 12:26 PM EDT

Advance Media New York. August 5, 2022, Editorial: Finally, Upstate, Crouse invite CNY into merger discussion After months of “radio silence,” SUNY Upstate Medical University will hold two public forums later this month to explain why it wants to acquire Crouse...

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

Aug. 11, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A second Australian state on Thursday banned public displays of Nazi symbols. New South Wales, the nation’s most populous state, followed Victoria, the second most populous, which banned the public display of Nazi swastikas in June. The law was passed...

Judge won't toss lawsuit against Utah transgender sports ban

Aug. 10, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected the request by Utah officials to throw out a lawsuit challenging a state ban on transgender kids who want to compete in youth sports. The ruling comes ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday where Judge Keith Kelly will assess...

Russian journalist detained, charged over war criticism

Aug. 10, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

Russian authorities detained a former state TV journalist who quit after staging an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine and charged her Wednesday with spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces, according to her lawyer. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged over...