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New York governor: State to limit where guns can be carried

Jun. 29, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will ban people from carrying firearms into many places of business unless the owners put up a sign explicitly saying guns are welcome, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday. The Democrat said she and legislative leaders have agreed on the broad strokes of a...

Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes pass Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses...

UN keeps peacekeepers in Mali as Russia and China abstain

Jun. 29, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to maintain the U.N. peacekeeping mission in turmoil-wracked Mali, while condemning the West African nation's military rulers for using mercenaries that commit human rights and humanitarian violations. The council also...

NC hemp industry gets reprieve, as legislation gets final OK

Jun. 29, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s hemp industry appears to have avoided a shutdown, as the General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation that would make its products permanently exempt from the state’s controlled substances law. The Senate voted 41-2 for...

EXPLAINER: Abortion landscape under state 'heartbeat' laws

Jun. 29, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Laws banning most abortions at the point of the “first detectable heartbeat” are beginning to take effect across the country, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure in 1973. Such...

Republicans pitch taking gov's power from NC education board

Jun. 29, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pushed Wednesday for a constitutional amendment that would have voters elect members of the State Board of Education from each congressional district, a move that would erode dramatically the governor’s appointment authority to the panel. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

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

Indiana lawmakers delay session on abortion, tax refund

Jun. 29, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top Indiana lawmakers are delaying until late July the start of a special legislative session during which they are expected to consider tougher anti-abortion laws following U.S. Supreme Court’s decision ending the constitutional right to abortion. Republican...

Supreme Court: Montana regents make campus gun rules

Jun. 29, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Board of Regents, not the Legislature, has the constitutional authority to regulate the possession and storage of firearms on public college campuses, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision upholds a lower court ruling that...

EXPLAINER: How was Turkey’s veto of Nordic NATO bid avoided?

Jun. 29, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — When the leaders of Finland, Sweden and Turkey met with NATO’s chief Tuesday, the potential for progress was hard to predict. Some remained pessimistic the meeting would lessen Turkey’s objections to the Nordic pair’s historic request to join NATO. The...