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A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

May. 19, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavored to make up for the consequences and racial...

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

May. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a fetal...

Texas passing laws, but not leading abortion fight this time

May. 17, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sidestepping bigger abortion battles playing out elsewhere in the U.S., Texas Republicans on Friday pushed a bill toward Gov. Greg Abbott's desk that would ban the state's liberal capital city from leasing a downtown building to Planned Parenthood for just $1. For Texas, which has...

Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions

May. 17, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations...

Group raises concerns over New Mexico's landmark energy law

May. 17, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Proponents of New Mexico's energy industry say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals. In one...

Correction: Hollywood-Heartbeat Law story

May. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 16 about the entertainment industry's reaction to Georgia's "heartbeat" law The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the leader of a grassroots group that has advocated against the policy. Her name is Krystal Redman, not Crystal Redman. A corrected...

Trump administration rejects subpoena for tax returns

May. 17, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday missed another deadline to produce President Donald Trump's tax returns. A top House Democrat said he expects to take the administration to court as early as next week over the matter. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a letter that he will not...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

May. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications,...

Warren unveils abortion rights platform following new laws

May. 17, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe...