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Labor board moves to bar unionization by grad assistants

Sep. 20, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a new rule that would strip graduate teaching assistants at private universities of rights to collective bargaining. The proposal announced Friday would reverse a 2016 ruling by the labor board that graduate students are employees...

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

Sep. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. Beginning Monday, attorneys for five of the state's seven abortion clinics will try to prove that the law harms...

House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

Sep. 20, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights. Supporters, mostly Democrats, said the bill would restore access to justice for...

After rural hospital's closure, county seeks other options

Sep. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — About two years ago, a rural, mountainous Virginia county lost its only hospital, and local officials have now all but given up trying to bring it back. Community leaders in Patrick County said in recent interviews that reopening the hospital has proven financially unworkable, in large...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

California's dive boat, Ghost Ship fires share legal lessons

Sep. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One was a ship in name only, an artist commune set up in an Oakland warehouse. The other was a bona fide boat afloat on the ocean off Santa Barbara. Both became fiery death traps for a combined 70 souls, two of the worst disasters in modern California history. Each has brought a search...

Injured crewman sues boat owner for fiery disaster at sea

Sep. 19, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A crewman injured while escaping the fire that killed 34 people aboard a dive boat off Southern California sued the vessel's owner and the company that chartered it. Ryan Sims filed the lawsuit last week in Ventura County Superior Court saying the boat was unseaworthy and operated in an...

Key Senate panel approves $250 million for election security

Sep. 19, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced...

State police union to stop paying ex-president's legal fees

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The union representing Massachusetts State Police troopers and sergeants says it has voted to stop paying the legal fees for its former president who was indicted on several federal charges last week. The Boston Globe reports the State Police Association of Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly...

Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

Sep. 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy. It may have been more...