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Georgia State University president considers school's future

Aug. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University's president has been meeting with faculty, administrators and students to chart the institution's course for the future. President Mark Becker's goals include improving graduation rates; and increasing racial diversity among the faculty. Other goals include the...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Oregon Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

Aug. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, Democrats said Friday they will ask voters to change quorum rules, allowing the statehouse to convene with only a simple majority of lawmakers present instead of the current two-thirds requirement....

Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

Aug. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, saying that videos are a form of speech with constitutional protections under the First Amendment Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian...

Court: Idaho must give transgender inmate gender surgery

Aug. 23, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison, a federal appeals court said Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Idaho that the state's...

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Aug. 22, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube...

Cherokee chief says journey to seat US delegate will be long

Aug. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's plan to send a delegate to the U.S. House, the first such attempt by a tribal nation, will take time as well as cooperation from Congress, the tribe's newly elected chief said Thursday. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called on Congress to...

California may join other states in OKing 17-year-old voters

Aug. 22, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may join many other states in allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections, if they will turn 18 before the following general election, under a proposed amendment to the state constitution approved Thursday by the state Assembly. If two-thirds of...

Court: Electoral College members not bound by popular vote

Aug. 21, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. appeals court in Denver said Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and aren't bound by the popular vote in their states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers who have not been...