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Sununu signs 'medical freedom' immunization bill

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents can’t be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access public facilities, benefits or services under a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Supporters say the bill signed this week establishes...

Whitmer's veto of reading scholarships sparks voucher debate

Jul. 25, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's veto of $155 million in proposed spending on reading scholarships for students has sparked fresh criticism from opponents who say it would have addressed pandemic-related learning loss and approval from those who liken the grants to vouchers. ...

Navajo advocates take community approach to sexual violence

Jul. 25, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

MONTEZUMA CREEK, Utah (AP) — Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty wore her grandmother’s delicately patterned yellow, blue and purple scarf as she spoke before members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Montezuma Creek on Wednesday. The...

France: Macron calls for unity after anti-vaccine protests

Jul. 25, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appealed for national unity and mass vaccination to fight the resurgent virus, and lashed out at those fueling anti-vaccine sentiment and protests. About 160,000 people protested around France on Saturday against a special...

Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Thousands march in Hungary Pride parade to oppose LGBT law

Jul. 24, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade. March organizers expected record crowds at the...

French protesters reject bill requiring vaccine passes

Jul. 24, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, including far-right activists and members of France's yellow vest movement, protested Saturday across the country against a bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all health...

New law designed to protect Maine teachers from bullying

Jul. 24, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine teachers will be protected by a new law designed to prevent workplace bullying of educators. The proposal requires school districts to have internal policies that address and stop bullying and harassment of educators and school staff members....

Some property owners plan to fight proposed Va. gas pipeline

Jul. 24, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some people in central Virginia are preparing to fight a plan to put a natural gas pipeline through their properties that would serve a yet-to-be-built power plant in Charles City County. While Charles City County has approved the plant, property...

Beware of budget gimmicks in push for massive spending deals

Jul. 24, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators fashioning a pair of colossal bills that would deliver more than $4 trillion for infrastructure, health care, environment and other initiatives insist they will fully pay for both plans. Will they? In a Washington ritual...