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Emboldened Biden, Dems push ban on so-called assault weapons

Nov. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden speaks about the “scourge” of gun violence, his go-to answer is to zero in on so-called assault weapons. America has heard it hundreds of times, including this week after shootings in Colorado and Virginia: The president wants to sign...

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail

Nov. 25, 2022 11:15 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One of Illinois' most comprehensive — and contentious — pieces of criminal justice legislation is scheduled for another cleanup, after it was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is legislators' last chance to finalize details before...

Wis. election officials weigh changes to military voting

Nov. 25, 2022 09:36 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials are weighing whether changes to military absentee voting are needed after a top Milwaukee election official was charged with fraud in false requests for military absentee ballots just days before the Nov. 8 election. Kimberly...

EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?

Nov. 25, 2022 01:43 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault...

Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen, 5 others over fund

Nov. 25, 2022 01:30 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong were fined after being found guilty Friday of failing to register a now-defunct fund that aimed to help people arrested in the widespread protests three years ago. Cardinal Joseph Zen, a retired...

Writer who accused Trump of 1990s rape files new lawsuit

Nov. 24, 2022 13:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A writer who accused former President Donald Trump of rape filed an upgraded lawsuit against him Thursday in New York, minutes after a new state law took effect allowing victims of sexual violence to sue over attacks that occurred decades ago. E. Jean Carroll’s...

Tennessee judges uphold contentious school voucher law

Nov. 24, 2022 12:24 PM EST

A Tennessee judicial panel has upheld the state’s school voucher law, which allows public tax dollars to be given to families to pay for private schooling. Critics of vouchers argue that the law will weaken the state's public education system, but the three-judge panel said...

Russian Duma gives LGBTQ 'propaganda' bill final approval

Nov. 24, 2022 07:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Thursday gave their final approval to a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting gay rights in the country, another step in a years-long crackdown on the country's embattled LGBTQ community. The new bill expands...

Georgia high court reinstates ban on abortions after 6 weeks

Nov. 23, 2022 15:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated the state’s ban on abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy, abruptly ending access to later abortions that had resumed days earlier. In a one-page order, the justices put a lower court ruling overturning the...

Russian Duma approves key reading of LGBT 'propaganda' bill

Nov. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday gave crucial second-reading approval to a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBT rights in the country. A 2013 law banned what authorities deem to be spreading “propaganda of non-traditional...