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Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail

Jun. 11, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony. ...

Justice Department will review restrictive GOP voting laws

Jun. 11, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will scrutinize a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states that tighten voting rules, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, vowing to take action on any violations of federal law. He announced plans to double...

Latino group sues to block Democrat-drawn maps in Illinois

Jun. 11, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts, a Latino civil rights organization argued in the latest lawsuit seeking to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade. The...

Iran regains UN voting rights and lashes out at US sanctions

Jun. 11, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran regained its voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment on its U.N. dues and lashed out at the United States for maintaining sanctions that have prevented it from accessing billions of dollars in foreign banks. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 11, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. June 3, 2021. Editorial: No excuse for legislative lag on marijuana Connecticut has had years to plan this. Why can’t the Legislature figure out how to finally legalize a marijuana marketplace for all adults? ...

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich enters US Senate race

Jun. 10, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Thursday he's running for U.S. Senate, becoming the third major candidate seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democrat Mark Kelly. Brnovich, who is in his second term as the state's top...

Massachusetts lawmakers push to extend mail-in, early voting

Jun. 10, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday extending many of the policies adopted when the pandemic hit last year — including mail-in voting — through Dec. 15 of this year. The bill was approved on a voice vote. Lawmakers are hoping to get the...

GOP leaders sue to block Democrat-drawn legislative maps

Jun. 09, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican leaders filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging new legislative district boundaries that were drawn and approved by Democrats who control state government, saying residents were “robbed” of a fair and transparent process for creating maps that...

Bill moving up absentee deadline in NC clears Senate panel

Jun. 09, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina would have to be received by the day of the election, under a Republican-backed bill that cleared a divided Senate committee on Wednesday. Current law says ballot envelopes must be postmarked by the...

Census releases guidelines for controversial privacy tool

Jun. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hold onto your calculators, statisticians! After three years of fierce debates, conflicting academic papers and a lawsuit, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced guidelines for how a controversial statistical method will be applied to the...