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Puerto Rico debt-restructuring bill advances amid criticism

Oct. 26, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would slash the central government's debt by half but has also sparked protests and led to fiery exchanges between lawmakers and a federal control board that oversees the U.S. territory’s finances. ...

Biden ties Republican in race for Va. governor to Trump

Oct. 26, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Joe Biden framed the Virginia governor’s race as a repudiation of his predecessor, tying the Republican candidate to former President Donald Trump as he campaigned Tuesday night for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in what's become a tight and increasingly bitter...

Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 26, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Gag order in Myanmar keeps Suu Kyi's testimony restricted

Oct. 26, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified in court for the first time Tuesday in one of several cases against her, but details of what she said were not available because of a gag order on her lawyers. Since last week, all defense lawyers in Suu...

Wyoming lawmakers to mull penalties for requiring vaccines

Oct. 26, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 would result in up to $10 million in fines and at least $500,000 in damages under bills Wyoming lawmakers will consider in a rare special session that began Tuesday. In all, they plan to look at...

Judge likely to block law barring civilian police oversight

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday told lawyers that he will likely rule that a new Arizona law that prevents a majority of civilians from serving on police oversight panels is unconstitutional. But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah indicated that he was...

Wildlife agencies to cancel Trump endangered species rules

Oct. 26, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday plans to cancel two environmental rollbacks under former President Donald Trump that limited habitat protections for imperiled plants and wildlife. The proposal to drop the two Trump-era rules...

Senate OKs bill to criminalize fleeing arrest on foot

Oct. 26, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it a crime to flee a police officer who is trying to arrest them, and an additional crime if a police dog is hurt in the pursuit. The bill passed, 36-14, with every Republican...

Wisconsin Assembly passes workforce housing bills

Oct. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a package of bills Tuesday touted by Republicans and the state's building and real estate industries as a way to create more affordable housing for workers, reduce regulations and reform outdated practices. A tight...

Whitmer orders state to prep for vaccinating kids ages 5-11

Oct. 26, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday directed the state to ensure that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 will be quickly available if the federal government gives it the green light. Her directive came the same day an advisory...