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In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, activists shout slogans during a protest in front of Assam House against the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state of Assam, in New Delhi, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

Jan. 21, 2020 8:08 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Tilli Buchanan, left, sits in court with Randy Richards, right, her attorney, during deliberations in a case where Buchanan was charged with criminal lewdness involving a child, in Salt Lake City. Judge Kara Pettit refused on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law in a blow to Buchanan who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home. Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include women’s breasts in American society, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home

Jan. 21, 2020 7:52 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge refused to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home. Judge Kara Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include...

Supporters of gun laws hold us photos of gun violence victims during the meeting of the Senate Judiciary committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The Committee passed several gun related bills. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Senate advances 'red flag' gun law, despite rally

Jan. 21, 2020 4:26 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The day after a massive gathering of gun-rights activists at the Virginia Capitol, the state Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper responds during an interview at the Governor's mansion in Raleigh, N.C. Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. During a year-end interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Cooper cited successes in recruiting companies and jobs to the state, reducing the number of opioid deaths and moving the state toward cleaner energy during the third year of his term. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

N Carolina appeals court upholds lawfulness of 2016 session

Jan. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday upheld the legality of a legislative session Republicans quickly called in December 2016 to push through laws that weakened the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The unanimous decision of three judges on the intermediate-level...

This undated photo provided by the Kansas City Police Department shows Jahron Swift. Swift, who opened fire late Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, outside a Kansas City nightclub, killing a woman and injuring over a dozen people before a guard killed him, had a past weapons charge dropped after lawmakers loosened the state's gun laws. (Kansas City Police Department via AP)

Man who opened fire at club had past weapon charge dropped

Jan. 21, 2020 3:56 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gunman who opened fire outside of a Kansas City nightclub, killing a woman and injuring at least 15 other people before a guard killed him, had a past weapons charge dropped after lawmakers loosened the state's gun laws. Jahron Swift, 29, had been in trouble with the law before he...

Wisconsin Senate gives OK to taking selfies with ballot

Jan. 21, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday. Wisconsin is one of 18 states with a law barring the showing of a completed ballot, but it is rarely enforced. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote....

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 10:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national debate over gun...

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. The country's top immigration official blamed the

ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'

Jan. 18, 2020 7:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four “immigration subpoenas” to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation. “This is not a request — it's a...

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2017 file photo shows a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in a park in Memphis, Tenn. On Friday, Jan. 7, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee's office said he will introduce legislation that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee's office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure...