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Former Polish dissident, editor wins top Spanish award

May. 11, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A former Polish dissident and human rights activist who is editor-in-chief of one of Eastern Europe’s most popular newspapers has won a prestigious Spanish award. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards announced Wednesday that Adam Michnik won its...

$1B hydropower project's fate rests with Maine supreme court

May. 10, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday. Attorneys for developers argued that a...

Judge finds lame-duck settlement language unconstitutional

May. 10, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Provisions in contentious Wisconsin lame-duck legislation that require Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul to get Republican lawmakers' permission to settle certain lawsuits are unconstitutional, a judge has ruled. The Wisconsin State Journal reported ...

Idaho lieutenant governor wants harshest US abortion ban

May. 09, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin on Monday demanded that Republican Gov. Brad Little call a special legislative session to eliminate rape and incest as legal exceptions to Idaho’s abortion law. The Idaho law will go into...

New York court halts family DNA searches for crime suspects

May. 06, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York court halted the use of a DNA crimefighting tool that has helped crack cold cases and put murderers behind bars, but has also raised privacy and racial discrimination concerns, because state lawmakers never approved the practice. Known as familial DNA...

Beshear predicts leeway for some action on medical cannabis

May. 05, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear sounded increasingly confident Thursday that he will have the leeway to take "at least some executive action” to make medical marijuana legally accessible in Kentucky. It was the governor's strongest signal yet that he might singlehandedly...

Court hears challenge to grand jury in Flint water cases

May. 04, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday that could wipe out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight others in the Flint water scandal, as lawyers challenged a rarely used, century-old method to investigate crimes and file indictments. It's the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 04, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. April 27, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s shame and the war on Disney And so, our governor manufactures yet another controversy out of whole cloth, or in this case out of big ears and a tail. And again, the media dutifully cover it as an...

EU: Poland fines in rule of law dispute now top $170 million

May. 03, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission said on Tuesday that the daily fines imposed on EU member country Poland for not complying with an order to suspend a disciplinary mechanism for judges have now piled up to more than 160 million euros. The EU and Poland have been at odds for...

Kentucky gov: New center won't slow medical cannabis review

Apr. 28, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that a newly created cannabis research center won’t slow his review of whether he has the authority to singlehandedly legalize medical marijuana — a decision that's likely to come this summer. The governor said he...