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Wendy's to pay $400K to resolve child labor law allegations

Feb. 18, 2020 4:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fast-food chain Wendy's has agreed to pay $400,000 to resolve allegations that it violated child labor laws by having teenage employees at dozens of Massachusetts restaurants work later and longer than allowed, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday. “We are committed to...

FILE - This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Feb. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a...

Jury decides convicted Oregon meth dealer should lose home

Feb. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law. Sheryl Sublet, 62, pleaded guilty in 2018 to to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, The Oregonian/Oregon Live...

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

Feb. 16, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the state,...

FILE - This Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020 file photo shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, bottom left, as he recognizes House speaker, Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Farifax, right, while he prepares to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address as Lt. gov. Justin Fairfax, top left, applauds before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia emerges as South's progressive leader under Dems

Feb. 15, 2020 3:20 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers are on the verge of passing the South's strictest gun laws, broadest LGBTQ...

Activists removed from hearing on Arizona sanctuary policies

Feb. 14, 2020 5:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate hearing on an effort to enshrine an existing ban on “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution erupted in shouting as immigrant rights activists called the proposal racist and the committee chairman ordered them removed. Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen’s...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign rally at the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stands at right. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Facebook's influencers nod shows murky side of campaign ads

Feb. 14, 2020 5:19 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political campaigning. The company's rule change comes days after Democratic...

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Montenegro PM, Serbian church bishop meet on religious law

Feb. 14, 2020 10:31 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights. The Serbian Church in Montenegro opposes the law, saying it enables the state to take over its property,...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, Ethiopian men read newspapers and drink coffee at a cafe during a declared state of emergency and internet shurdown in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 approved a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation just months ahead of a major election but some worry the new law will restrict freedom of expression in a country that once jailed thousands of people, including journalists, over political views. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

Ethiopia approves controversial law curbing hate speech

Feb. 13, 2020 8:11 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday approved a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation, especially online, just months ahead of a major election. The law’s approval, with 23 lawmakers opposing and two abstaining, came amid concerns over widespread...

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab speaks to legislators from south-central Kansas about implementing a 2019 law that permits counties to allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling place, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Republican secretary of state says his office needs another year to draft the regulations to ensure that electronic voter registration records remain secure and county computer systems can handle and update all records at once. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' new elections chief sparks own voting-rights dispute

Feb. 12, 2020 6:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top election official says the state needs another year to prepare before it can give voters a choice of polling places on Election Day, even though it has been nearly 10 months since the Legislature enacted a law aimed at making voting more convenient and boosting turnout. Even...