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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground, gestures during his State of the State address as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called

Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

Feb. 20, 2020 10:51 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor...

Florida Legislature passes abortion parental consent bill

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Girls under the age of 18 will have to get a parent's permission before having an abortion under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature on Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign. The House voted 75-43 largely along party lines for the legislation that expands a...

Demonstrators protest outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Protesters gathered Thursday outside Portugal's where lawmakers were due to debate proposals that would allow euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. Groups which oppose the procedures waved banners and chanted

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Feb. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people. The landmark vote left Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting the procedures. However, the country's president...

Polish mayor tries to make amends for other town's misstep

Feb. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mayor is trying to make amends with a French community that broke formal ties with another Polish town because the latter adopted a declaration against “LGBT ideology.” In a letter to the French municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Braye, Wlodawa Mayor Wieslaw...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

Feb. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control over those deemed unable to care for themselves. In a...

Editorial Roundup: US

Feb. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Feb. 19 The Bergen Record in New Jersey on Michael Bloomberg's Democratic Presidential nominee bid: So-called moderate Democrats in New Jersey and New York are flocking to the self-funded candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, pausing...

In this July 28, 2015 photo, Roger Stewart working as a 911 dispatcher the Howard County Dispatch Center in Kokomo, Ind. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling for the resignation of Roger Stewart,  a newly appointed Kokomo city councilman, after anti-Muslim Facebook posts he shared on his profile were uncovered. (Tim Bath/The Kokomo Tribune via AP)

Indiana official 'sorry' for Islamophobic posts won't resign

Feb. 19, 2020 4:29 PM EST

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana councilman whose predecessor resigned after posting Islamophobic comments online says he will not step down after he was also criticized for sharing similar views on Facebook. Roger Stewart, a member of the Kokomo Common Council, was elected last week by the Howard County...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, fills out a voter registration form as his wife Sheena looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Fla. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Tallahassee federal judge's decision that the law implementing Amendment 4 amounted to an unfair poll tax. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 to allow as many as 1.6 million ex-felons to regain their right to vote. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will immediately ask the entire 11th Circuit to reconsider the ruling. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Court: Florida can't bar felons from vote over fines, fees

Feb. 19, 2020 4:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cannot, for now, bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees stemming from their cases, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a...

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, left, attends a House session, in Nashville, Tenn. Hargett, who had previously argued the original 2019 voter registration law would bolster election security, is submitting a separate bill in 2020 that will criminalize “intentional dissemination of misinformation” surrounding the qualifications to vote, voter registration requirements, voter eligibility and polling dates, times and locations. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Proposal would overhaul blocked Tennessee voter signup law

Feb. 19, 2020 4:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a new proposal to amend the state's legally contentious voter-registration restrictions that are currently blocked from being enforced during the 2020 elections. Last year, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed GOP-backed legislation that made...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2017, file photo Joseph M. Otting speaks after his swearing in ceremony as Comptroller of the Currency, at the Treasury Department in Washington. The Trump administration gave into public and banking industry pressure Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, announcing it would extend the comment period on its overhaul of a critical banking law by 30 days. The 30-day extension goes against what Otting told reporters and members of Congress last month that an extension on public comment period was not up for debate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump admin delays banking law overhaul by 30 days

Feb. 19, 2020 3:32 PM EST

The Trump administration gave into public and banking industry pressure Wednesday, announcing it would extend the comment period on its overhaul of a critical banking law by 30 days. The 30-day extension goes against what Joseph Otting, the Comptroller of the Currency, told reporters and members of Congress last...