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Russia adopts bill that could stymie trade with US

May. 22, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the U.S. and other countries. The bill, drafted by leading lawmakers at the State Duma in response to the latest round of U.S. sanctions, lays out a...

Populists' pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

May. 22, 2018 3:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government. Say the name "Conte" and the one who comes to...

California may expand gun violence restraining order law

May. 21, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers took steps Monday to let school employees ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from potentially dangerous people in the wake of a mass school shooting in Texas. California is already one of a handful of states that allow immediate family members and law...

Tennessee Gov.: Sanctuary bill to become law sans signature

May. 21, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday he will let a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature after complaining that it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides. Tennessee has no sanctuary cities and state law prohibits them, Haslam said,...

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

May. 21, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved. Rauner used his veto powers last week to insert the...

Michigan board: Civil rights law bars LGBT discrimination

May. 21, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency will for the first time process complaints of discrimination against LGBT people after a board said Monday that the state's civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The state Civil Rights Commission voted 5-0 to issue...

The Latest: Rauner aide says death penalty plan fixes errors

May. 21, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois House hearing on reinstating the death penalty (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Gov. Bruce Rauner's criminal justice adviser has told an Illinois House committee that Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty is designed to "avoid the legitimate...

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

May. 21, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill." Online, the argument is just as charged...

Populists' pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

May. 21, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government. Say the name "Conte" and the one who comes to...

Stars Bardot, Marceau lead fight to amend French food bill

May. 21, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading campaigns for mandatory cameras in French slaughterhouses and a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens as France's parliament prepares to debate a food industry bill Tuesday. Thirteen animal rights associations have called on lawmakers...