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Clashes break out at student protest in northern Greek city

Apr. 15, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators clashed with police Friday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki at the end of a march to protest a new law allowing the policing of university campuses. About 7,000 people participated in the march, which...

Lawmakers fighting like cats and dogs? Not over this bill

Apr. 15, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

CONCORD. N.H. (AP) — Nine lives notwithstanding, killing a cat in a hit-and-run soon could become illegal in New Hampshire. New Hampshire was ahead of the pack when it passed a law nearly 40 years ago that requires drivers who injure or kill dogs to notify police or...

Pot producers eager to ramp up, as legalization approaches

Apr. 15, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, NM. (AP) — Several medical marijuana providers on Wednesday warned of a potential cannabis shortage in late June, when the first provisions of a new law go into effect to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Authorized recreational cannabis sales...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 9 The Palm Beach Post on the Florida governor’s banning of COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’: Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is taking a bold step toward...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...

Arkansas governor signs stripped-down hate crimes measure

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a stripped-down alternative to hate crimes legislation that longtime supporters of such laws say doesn't provide true protections. The Republican governor on Tuesday signed the bill, which its...

Missouri lawmakers move to make daylight saving permanent

Apr. 14, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led state House on Wednesday advanced a proposal to make daylight saving time permanent. Lawmakers in a voice vote gave the bill initial approval. It needs another full House vote to move to the Senate for consideration....

Russia targets student magazine with raids, criminal charges

Apr. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Wednesday charged four editors of an online student magazine with encouraging minors to take part in illegal activity for a report about the nationwide protests supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. All four were...

Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback

Apr. 14, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two years after Arizona lawmakers repealed a ban on any HIV/AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle" as they faced a lawsuit, they have approved revamping the state's sex education laws to make them some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to...

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...