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Democrats target prescription drug affordability, access

Oct. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate are working on a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. Lawmakers say the measures will allow the importation of low-cost medications from Canada and will expand drug pricing transparency. Other bills...

Vaping industry spends big in Montana

Oct. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The vaping industry spent more than $554,000 lobbying Montana lawmakers and donating to campaigns from 2016 to 2019. The Billings Gazette reports that Montana health officials earlier in October documented the state's first death from vaping and earlier reported at least two cases of...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

Greens seen gaining as Switzerland elects new parliament

Oct. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Greens made significant gains as Switzerland elected a new parliament on Sunday, while a populist right-wing party remained the country's strongest but saw its support slip, projections indicated. The projected outcome would amount to a significant shift in a country where political change...

Boris Johnson faces frenzied week as Brexit deadline nears

Oct. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has...

Ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect in Providence

Oct. 20, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A ban on single-use plastic bags in the city of Providence is going into effect. The city says the ordinance takes effect on Tuesday. It prohibits retailers form offering single-use plastic bags at checkout counters, unless they can prove a qualifying exemption. The ordinance allows...

Fractious Brexit saga to continue in Parliament, courts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still at odds with Parliament over how to break the Brexit impasse, and the European Union is considering Johnson's halfhearted request for a delay to the Oct. 31 deadline. There are things to look for in the coming days. JOHNSON'S PUSH IN PARLIAMENT...

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy. Key lawmakers said they're...

Canada's Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau's flash

Oct. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Even members of his own party say Canada's Conservative leader is bland. They tout it as a virtue, the antidote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's flash and star power, and they're counting on this very quality to help Andrew Scheer defeat Trudeau's Liberal Party in national elections...

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear lame-duck arguments

Oct. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies will make one last attempt to block their Republican rivals' contentious lame-duck laws on Monday during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a union lawsuit challenging the provisions. Things look bleak for the party after conservatives...