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N Carolina judges keep alive lawsuit against voter ID law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges are keeping alive a lawsuit that challenges the state's new photo voter identification law as discriminating against racial minorities, but the court won't stop IDs from being required in upcoming elections as the case grinds ahead. Voters last November passed a...

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

Jul. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The bill had failed to gain final approval in Congress, but was not completely dead. The Constitutional Court voted Friday to grant a...

3K federal inmates released under criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,100 federal inmates were being released Friday by the Bureau of Prisons as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. The First Step Act gives judges more discretion in sentencing, eases mandatory minimum sentences and encourages inmates to participate in...

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slump

Jul. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers ratified Friday a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters attempting to breach the parliament security zone. The austerity budget, which increased income and import taxes and suspended early...

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'

Jul. 19, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Bernie Sanders, the chief proponent of Medicare for All, says such...

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. The announcement came after Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both...

House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign

Jul. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, transforming an issue that once splintered the party into a benchmark for the 2020 election. Even though the bill has little chance of passing the Republican-led...

US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

Jul. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where there has been uproar over auction houses listing tribal pieces for sale over the years. The lawmakers...

Ex-Nevada Senate Democrat sentenced for campaign fund fraud

Jul. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former top Nevada Democratic lawmaker was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in federal prison and fined almost $250,000 for misusing campaign funds to pay personal bills and open a downtown Las Vegas nightclub where he hosted political fundraisers. Ex-Senate Majority Leader...