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As America embraces voting early, GOP moves to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

Apr. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,...

WA Senate OKs bill to reinstate durg possession penalties

Apr. 15, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession. The Seattle Times reports that lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5476, in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck...

Clashes break out at student protest in northern Greek city

Apr. 15, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators clashed with police Thursday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki at the end of a march to protest a new law allowing the policing of university campuses. About 7,000 people participated in the march, which...

EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

Apr. 15, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. How, some might ask, can air fresheners be the basis for a traffic...

Florida 'anti-riot' bill goes to governor amid racial strife

Apr. 15, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who began campaigning for the measure last year following a summer of turmoil across the country...

Texas House OKs dropping permit to carry handgun in public

Apr. 15, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas handgun owners would no longer need a license or training to carry their weapon in public under a bill that cleared a major vote Thursday over Democrats who railed against loosening gun laws after the 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart. ...

Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

Apr. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions, part of a wave of GOP nullification proposals to try to resist any new gun control measures. Senators...

Governor signs bills defending campus free speech in Montana

Apr. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed Thursday two bills that supporters say aim to protect freedom of expression and association on public university campuses in the state. The new law prohibits universities from denying resources to religious,...

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

Apr. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women are paid in the workplace, though the measure faces little chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill, which is...