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Officials push Nebraska to complete long-delayed expressways

Jun. 13, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in northeast Nebraska continue to press the state to complete it's long-delayed system of four-lane expressways to connect every community larger than 15.000 people to an Interstate. About 178 miles of the 600-mile system remains undone 33...

Israeli police say woman with knife shot dead in West Bank

Jun. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said a Palestinian woman carrying a knife ran toward an Israeli military checkpoint on Saturday and was shot dead by a private security guard. The shooting took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, one of the largest in the...

NY lawmakers wrap up 2021 work, but could return

Jun. 11, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers wrapped up this year's legislative session this week, but legislative leaders said they may return. The state Assembly continued its work into the early morning hours of Friday, ending a legislative session marked by the...

NY raises age to arrest juveniles, eases parole penalties

Jun. 10, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers would avoid jail time for nonviolent parole violations, and children under age 12 could no longer be arrested as juveniles under bills that passed the state Legislature Thursday. The state Senate and Assembly passed the Less is More Act...

WTO to intensify talks on easing access to COVID-19 vaccines

Jun. 09, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization member nations agreed Wednesday to intensify talks geared at improving access to COVID-19 products, as developing nations push for a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines and some wealthier...

Medicaid lawsuit paused as Nebraska expands benefits

Jun. 08, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit that sought to block Nebraska from imposing a two-tiered Medicaid expansion system with more benefits for people working, volunteering or meeting other requirements is on hold after state officials said they would give all participants the same benefits. ...

Greenpeace wins Australian court case against power company

Jun. 08, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s largest electricity generator on Tuesday largely lost its court case alleging that the environmental group Greenpeace had breached copyright and trademark laws by using its logo in a campaign that described the company as the nation’s “biggest...

Rhode Island governor signs bill banning child marriage

Jun. 07, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor on Monday signed into law a bill meant to ban child marriage in the state. Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee said the legislation eliminates language in state law allowing youths under the age of 18 to obtain a marriage license...

Haitians in Mexico see bleak choices as they seek protection

Jun. 06, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Adrián is trying to settle in to his third new city since 2016, when his wife was raped and mother was killed in Haiti. He will go anywhere but home. “Why do they send us back to Haiti?” he said outside a cheap Mexican hotel blocks from...

Judge overturns California’s 32-year ban on assault weapons

Jun. 05, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, calling it a “failed experiment” that violates people's constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled on Friday...