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Michigan court mulls legality of weaker wage, sick time laws

Jul. 17, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans' maneuver to weaken voter-proposed laws to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave was "outright unconstitutional," a top appellate lawyer said Wednesday while urging the state Supreme Court to stand as a "last line of defense" against the unprecedented...

New law grants farm workers right to unionize, get overtime

Jul. 17, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York farm workers have the right to unionize, get overtime pay and take at least one day off per week under a labor law signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act eliminates an 80-year-old provision in New York state law that prohibits...

Legislator says law limiting state auditor is a 'mistake'

Jul. 17, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who backed a new law that requires the state auditor to get the North Dakota Legislature's approval for conducting performance audits said Wednesday he will introduce legislation next session to overturn it. Approval of the measure to clip the auditor's wings,...

Do you need a Roth 401(K)?

Jul. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

If you are saving for retirement, you probably know about the 401(k) and the Roth IRA too. But are you familiar with a Roth 401(k)? It's a bit of a mashup — a Roth product available through your traditional 401(k). It allows people to save after-tax money through their workplace plan that can then be...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates sue over new asylum rule

Jul. 17, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's effort to end asylum protections for many migrants (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration over its move to end asylum protections for most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border. The American Civil...

Hong Kong protests expand to oppose China, with no end near

Jul. 16, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Colin Wong has come to know the sting of pepper spray well. After more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong's sweltering heat, memories of the burning sensation are a constant reminder of what protesters call an excessive use of force by police. Each time he felt the now-familiar...

Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

State officials update Idaho's 50-year-old mining laws

Jul. 16, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday approved a rewrite of Idaho's 50-year-old mining law, but they still have work to do. Republican Gov. Brad Little and other members of the Idaho Land Board voted to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Murphy signs bill aimed at making smart guns available

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed into law a measure to make so-called smart guns available in the state, reversing his predecessor's vetoes of similar legislation. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill at Governor Livingston High School alongside Attorney General Gurbir...