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Macedonian lawmakers debate putting new name in constitution

Oct. 15, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's parliament started Monday to debate constitutional amendments that are part of an agreement with neighboring Greece to rename the country "North Macedonia," changes that would go a long way to ensuring the country can join NATO. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's left-led...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Oct. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog. The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who...

Three's a crowd: Missouri voters must sift medical pot plans

Oct. 12, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri supporters of medical marijuana will have their say in the November election. The only question: Do they cast a yes vote once, twice or three times? Thanks to successful petition drives for three competing proposals, all three are on the ballot. Two would amend the Missouri...

Macedonia: Debate on constitutional changes begins

Oct. 10, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian parliamentary committee on Wednesday began debating constitutional amendments required under a deal with neighboring Greece to change the country's name to North Macedonia, in exchange for NATO membership. The move comes after a Sept. 30 referendum on the deal with...

Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November

Oct. 9, 2018 7:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized...

Judge to decide 'Marsy's Law' ballot question in Kentucky

Oct. 9, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — On election day, the Kentucky legislature will ask voters a yes or no question: "Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the...

4 states to decide on marijuana ballot initiatives this fall

Oct. 9, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

Nine states have legalized marijuana for so-called recreational use since 2012, including eight at the ballot box. Thirty-one states have authorized the drug for medical purposes. Four states have marijuana ballot questions this fall . Here's a look at them: ___ MICHIGAN The proposal would amend state law to make...

Macedonian government puts name deal before parliament

Oct. 8, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has asked parliament to start the procedure for amending the constitution to reflect a deal that would rename the nation North Macedonia in exchange for a path to NATO membership. Government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski said the proposed changes include...

Romanians back marriage redefinition, but referendum voided

Oct. 8, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 90 percent of those who took part in a national referendum in Romania supported defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast ballots, officials said Monday. The Central Electoral Commission said near-final...

Romania: Weak voter turnout voids gay marriage referendum

Oct. 7, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A referendum aimed at putting same-sex marriage further out of reach in Romania was invalidated Sunday after a quick tally showed too few voters cast ballots, election officials said. The weekend vote on a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family...