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Inmate dies after apparent assault

May. 30, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system reported that an inmate died after being assaulted by another inmate. A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections said Jamaal King, a 34-year-old inmate at Elmore Correctional Facility, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in an apparent...

FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, an iPad displays the types of bets that can be placed at the Golden 1 Center's Skyloft Predictive Gaming Lounge, in Sacramento, Calif. Two California lawmakers on Thursday, May 28, 2020, pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown designed to slow spread of the coronavirus, though their revised proposal immediately renewed a turf battle between powerful gambling interests. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Legal sports betting pitched as California budget salve

May. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, though their revised proposal immediately reignited a turf battle between powerful...

Delegates stand during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

May. 28, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory. The National People’s Congress approved the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was...

Group stops collecting signatures for marijuana legalization

May. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group seeking a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas has stopped collecting signatures due to the coronavirus pandemic but will refocus its efforts for 2022, a spokeswoman said. Arkansas True Grass wanted an amendment to legalize marijuana use...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Republicans Tried to Suppress the Vote in Florida. And Failed. The New York Times May 26 Who gets to cast a ballot in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, could well determine who will be the next leader of the...

Poland's main ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wears a mask for protection against the coronavirus in parliament during work on new legislation that is to ensure the health and safety of the postponed presidential election to be held this summer, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish ruling party chief wants presidential vote by June 28

May. 27, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s most powerful politician, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said Wednesday the country's postponed presidential election must be held no later than June 28 to be in line with the national constitution. Originally scheduled for May 10, the vote was postponed...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows Mary Marshall, one of two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for Marshall, 20,  of Twin Falls, Idaho, and 19-year-old Madison Kenyon of Johnston, Colo., filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

May. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, 20, of...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

Language explaining income tax issue to voters approved

May. 22, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly has approved language that explains the pros and cons of adding a graduated rate to the income tax system. The House on Friday adopted a joint resolution that provides for information to go to voters before the Nov. 3 election. It received a 71-45...

Medicaid expansion plan to appear on Missouri ballot

May. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will get to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands of low-income adults. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said Friday that the initiative had received more than enough petition signatures from registered voters to be placed on the...