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New Georgia laws aim at schools; some laws already in effect

Jun. 30, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's a strange July 1 for new Georgia laws. Friday, the first day of the month, is when most new laws passed by the General Assembly customarily take effect. But this year, many of the most important measures either became law as soon as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed them,...

Pro-Palestine mapping website raises alarm in Jewish groups

Jun. 29, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ Jewish community is on edge after the launch this month of a mysterious pro-Palestine website listing the names and addresses of scores of local institutions — a number of them Jewish — and making calls to “dismantle” and disrupt them. The...

Probe sought in migrant deaths at Morocco-Spain border

Jun. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Activists on Wednesday urged Morocco to launch an “unbiased” investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants who were trying to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla last week. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded in a letter...

Judge refuses to block tighter Indiana bail restrictions

Jun. 29, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block an Indiana law that will impose strict limits on charitable groups that pay the bail money needed to get people released from jail. The ruling issued Wednesday will allow the law to take effect as scheduled on Friday. The...

Hong Kong bars some journalists from handover anniversary

Jun. 29, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities, citing security reasons, have barred more than 13 journalists from covering events this week marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, according to the Hong Kong Journalists Association and media reports. The journalists...

Ressa says Philippine courts to decide Rappler closure order

Jun. 29, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said her Rappler news website was operating “business as usual” Wednesday and would let Philippine courts decide on a government order to close the outlet critical of the outgoing Duterte administration and its deadly drug...

Wisconsin's Democratic AG sues to block state's abortion ban

Jun. 28, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's 173-year-old abortion ban, arguing that statutes passed in the 1980s supersede the ban and it's so old that modern generations never consented to it. Wisconsin passed a law...

Arrest of Indian Muslim journalist sparks widespread outrage

Jun. 28, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in New Delhi have arrested a Muslim journalist for allegedly hurting religious sentiment in what many slammed as the latest example of shrinking media freedom under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Mohammed Zubair, a co-founder of...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Signage war will just sow more confusion about gas taxes If the courts side with the Illinois legislature, by the end of next week signs could be popping up at gas stations all over the state. They will explain...

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

Jun. 27, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution, a decision that opponents said would open the door to “much more coercive prayer" in public schools. The court ruled...