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France looks at law for returning colonial-era artifacts

Jul. 16, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French government presented a draft law Wednesday that would enable France to return certain cultural artifacts taken from African countries during the colonial era. The law, which will go to parliament for consideration, centers on the transfer of ownership of several African objects,...

President Donald speaks during an event on American infrastructure at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

Jul. 15, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with keeping big construction projects from fouling up the environment and ensuring there is public input on major...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, a protester holds a photo of George Floyd during a protest in Minneapolis over Floyd's death.  Video from the body cameras of two officers charged in the death of Floyd is being made available for public viewing by appointment on Wednesday, July 15 but a judge has so far declined to allow news media organizations to publish the footage for wider distribution. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

5 things to know today

Jul. 15, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CONSTRUCTION MADE EASIER President Trump is expected to announce a shorter environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure. Critics say the move dismantles a...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee gov to do 'whatever it takes' in abortion fight

Jul. 14, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that he will do “whatever it takes in court” to defend one of the strictest abortion bans in the country currently blocked from being implemented. “It’s very important that we defend and protect the lives of every...

A health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Waukee, Iowa. Iowa state Auditor Rob Sand said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Florida virus deaths surge, vaccine research moves forward

Jul. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — Florida surpassed its daily record for coronavirus deaths Tuesday amid rising global worries of a resurgence, even as researchers announced that the first vaccine tested in the U.S. had worked to boost patients' immune systems. Florida's 132 additional deaths topped a state...

Virginia judge upholds much of new gun background check law

Jul. 14, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge on Tuesday upheld much of a new state law that expands background checks for gun buyers but issued an injunction preventing it from being enforced on buyers between 18 to 20 years old. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring intends to appeal the injunction, his office...

Tennessee governor signs, court blocks 6-week abortion ban

Jul. 13, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure. U.S. District Judge William Campbell in Nashville opted to wait for the bill to become law to rule on whether to block the bans included in...

Rep. Bert Reeves, R - Marietta, motions that the House agree to the senate substitute to HB 444, passed, 103-67. The bill amends the

Advocates seek law change to end citizen arrests in Georgia

Jul. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights groups called for Georgia lawmakers to repeal the state's 19th-century citizen's arrest law Monday, but some Republican lawmakers voiced concerns that without the law, property owners might not have the authority to detain thieves until police arrive. The law came under fire...

Honor guard members from the Mississippi National Guard practice folding the former Mississippi flag before a ceremony to retire the banner on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, inside the state Capitol in Jackson. The ceremony happened a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the flag's official status as a state symbol. The 126-year-old banner was the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Group seeks ideas for Mississippi flag without rebel emblem

Jul. 13, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state agency said Monday that the public can submit proposals for a new Mississippi flag, using two requirements in state law: The designs cannot include the Confederate battle emblem, and they must have the phrase, “In God We Trust.” Mississippi does not have a...