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Minimum wage, abortion rights, audit ballot drives advance

Jan. 19, 2022 16:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of 2022 ballot drives to raise Michigan's minimum wage, protect abortion rights and conduct another audit of the presidential election cleared a procedural step Wednesday when the state elections board approved summaries to appear atop their petitions. ...

Iran's Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote 'My Uncle Napoleon,' dies

Jan. 14, 2022 22:41 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture's self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94. The travails of Uncle Napoleon, whose...

Indiana Senate abandons contentious school curriculum bill

Jan. 14, 2022 18:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate will not consider contentious Republican-backed legislation that supporters say would have increased parental control over what their kids learn but that teachers and other critics say would have amounted to censorship, a top lawmaker said Friday. ...

Indiana teachers push back against school curriculum bills

Jan. 10, 2022 16:12 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A controversial Indiana bill that Republican lawmakers contend would increase transparency around school curricula has drawn opposition from dozens of teachers who testified Monday at the Statehouse that the legislation would censor classroom instruction and place unnecessary...

Ballot drive to protect abortion rights launched in Michigan

Jan. 07, 2022 13:29 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive launched in Michigan on Friday would enshrine a woman's right to an abortion in the state constitution, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers weakening or overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Reproductive Freedom for All's petition would...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 27, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Dallas Morning News. Dec. 26, 2021. Editorial: Will Texas school superintendents quit in droves in 2022? Public school superintendents feel pressure from many sides. It comes from politicians, parents, teachers and sometimes even students. As stewards of...

Noem pens bill to block race theory in schools, colleges

Dec. 21, 2021 09:28 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has drafted a bill that would block teaching critical race theory in South Dakota schools, public universities and technical colleges. Noem announced the legislation on Monday, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. ...

From masks to book banning, conservatives take on educators

Dec. 19, 2021 11:15 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A recent Wyoming school board meeting was again packed with opponents of mask mandates when things took an abrupt turn and a parent started reading aloud sexually explicit passages from a book available in school libraries. “Parents like myself had no idea...

United Arab Emirates to end censorship of cinematic releases

Dec. 19, 2021 11:00 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Sunday that it will no longer censor films released in cinemas, the country's latest effort to boost its brand as a liberal hub attractive to foreigners. Instead of cutting sensitive scenes that could offend...

China's #MeToo victims face abuse, payback for going public

Dec. 16, 2021 03:25 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Human resources and upper management wouldn't deal with her accusation of sexual assault, a former employee of Alibaba said. So she went into the busy cafeteria at the Chinese e-commerce giant's headquarters and screamed out her plight. Now she's facing...