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Northern Ireland judge rules that amnesty law for 'the Troubles' breaches human rights

Feb. 28, 2024 11:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A new law that gives immunity from prosecution for most offenses committed during Northern Ireland's decades of sectarian violence is not compliant with human rights, a judge in Belfast ruled Wednesday. The British government's Legacy and Reconciliation Bill, passed...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Feb. 28, 2024 07:14 AM EST

Yankton Press & Dakotan. February 26, 2024. Editorial: South Dakota Bill Seeks To Undercut Voters Again There’s a memorable line from the graphic novel (and movie) “V for Vendetta” that declares, “The people should not fear their governments; the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Feb. 28, 2024 07:12 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. February 23, 2024. Editorial: Say no to human bones sold as ‘curiosities’ Minnesota Legislature should pass bill that would prohibit use of “calcified” remains for commercial purposes. At $2,200, a specimen available...

Hong Kong's plan for a new national security law deepens fears over eroding civil liberties

Feb. 28, 2024 05:15 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong moves toward enacting a new national security law, four years after Beijing imposed a similar law that all but wiped out dissent and vocal pro-democracy media in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, concerns are spreading among the city's international business and...

Georgia Republicans seek new laws to crack down on immigrants after nursing student killed

Feb. 27, 2024 22:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House Republicans are pushing to require every eligible police and sheriff's department to help identify undocumented immigrants, arrest them and detain them for deportation. The proposal advanced through the state House Public Safety and Homeland Security...

Louisiana moves closer to final passage of tough-on-crime bills that could overhaul justice system

Feb. 27, 2024 20:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana, a state grappling with one of the highest rates of incarceration and violent crime in the country, is on the cusp of overhauling parts of its criminal justice system as the state's GOP-dominated legislature barrels ahead with a package of bills — ranging from...

New York Democrats propose new congressional lines that could help them in battleground races

Feb. 27, 2024 20:34 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democrats are proposing a new congressional map that could shift a few battleground districts in the party’s favor, potentially giving their candidates an advantage in House races that could determine control of Congress. The bill, introduced late...

Georgia lawmakers approve tax credit for gun safety training, ban on merchant code for gun stores

Feb. 27, 2024 18:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Separate gun bills passed by the Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday would provide a tax credit to pay for gun safety training and gun safes, while another would prohibit financial institutions from using a code to distinguish firearms retailers. The tax credit...

Ex-law partner is evasive as attorneys press for details on Willis and Wade's romance in Trump case

Feb. 27, 2024 18:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A former law partner of Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade was evasive on the witness stand Tuesday as lawyers pressed him on details about a romantic relationship between Wade and District Attorney Fani Willis that has roiled the 2020 Georgia election case against Donald...

Vice President Harris to mark 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary in Selma

Feb. 27, 2024 15:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate the 59th anniversary of a landmark civil rights moment. Harris will speak as part of the annual remembrance of “Bloody Sunday,” on the bridge where, on March 7, 1965, white...