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Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

House backs 3 bills to support protests in Hong Kong

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed three bills Tuesday aimed at showing U.S. support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The action follows months of protests over the Beijing government's aggressive attempts to enforce control over the semi-autonomous territory. One of the bills condemns China's...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

7th grader inspires bill letting restaurants stock EpiPens

Oct. 15, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The first time Kennedy Pelletier had an allergic reaction, she was eating at a restaurant at Disney, and didn't know what the problem was. Pelletier, of Wilbraham, later discovered she was severely allergic to fish, shellfish and seafood. A year and a half ago, she had another reaction after...

Impeachment dominates, but much other work awaits Congress

Oct. 13, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they're returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It's a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end...

Algerians protest bill to boost foreign money in oil sector

Oct. 13, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are protesting in front of their parliament against a bill aimed at attracting foreign investment to the oil and gas sector, which underpins the national economy. Surrounded by police, protesters raised their fists and accused the government of selling out...

California to end its use of private, for-profit prisons

Oct. 11, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed. The Democratic governor said the...

Ugandan official says new bill will target homosexuals

Oct. 11, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bill proposing harsh penalties against gay sex is set to be introduced in Uganda's national assembly, according to a senior official who has expressed regret over the failure of an attempt years ago to punish homosexuals. Lawmakers supporting anti-gay legislation have "remobilized"...

In Wisconsin, vote to aid disabled lawmaker turns partisan

Oct. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved accommodations for a disabled Democratic lawmaker, despite his objections that Republicans had tied the changes to unrelated provisions aimed at expanding GOP power. Majority Republicans pushed the bill through after hearing emotional...

Abortion ban opponents conflicted in Louisiana governor race

Oct. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many hundreds of...