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Seattle City Council member to propose police alternative

Jul. 6, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council member is introducing legislation to redirect money from the police budget to creating a new mental health and substance addiction first-responder program. The proposal from council member Andrew Lewis would send unarmed medics and crisis workers to reports of people...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

Group to start veto-proof drive to repeal Whitmer's powers

Jul. 6, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers said Monday that they will begin collecting voter signatures within days for a veto-proof measure that would repeal a law that has given Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad emergency powers during the pandemic. The ballot committee Unlock Michigan announced its plan after the state...

Mexico warns states against parental veto of sex ed classes

Jul. 6, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican federal government has warned five states against proposals to allow a kind of parental veto over school curriculum that deals with gender issues and sex. Legislators in five states have put forward proposals favored by conservatives that would require schools to let parents...

FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. Social media site and messaging services Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will suspend processing law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong, as they assess the impact of the new national security law enacted in the city last week. Facebook and its popular messaging app subsidiary WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday, July 6, 2020, that they would pause the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook, others block requests on Hong Kong user data

Jul. 6, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the effect of a new national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in...

In this file photo dated Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, pro-democracy protesters in central Hong Kong. The Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming on Monday July 6, 2020, accused Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson of meddling in China's affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, FILE)

Chinese diplomat derides UK's move to offer HK citizenship

Jul. 6, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China's affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming defended his country’s new national...

A 23-year-old man, Tong Ying-kit, arrives at a court in a police van in Hong Kong Monday, July 6, 2020. Tong has become the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new national security law, for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the

Hong Kong police granted sweeping powers under security law

Jul. 6, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — In implementing the national security law for Hong Kong, police will have sweeping authority that allows them to take actions including conducting searches without a warrant, restricting suspects from leaving the city, and intercepting communications. Hong Kong's government issued the...

Bill altering N.C. transportation board becomes law

Jul. 6, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill that gives North Carolina legislative leaders more involvement in overseeing the Department of Transportation has become law without Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. The Democratic governor had until Sunday night to act on the measure, but Cooper announced earlier in the day he...

A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard carefully folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The banner was the last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem on it. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Ex Rep. Henry set path to Mississippi flag change

Jul. 5, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Momentum built rapidly in the past month for Mississippi to decommission the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. Marching toward change took decades, and it took work by thousands. An important advocate was the late Democratic state Rep. Aaron Henry of...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait to cross a closed road to go to their homes as they wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Ashdod, Israel, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Coronavirus restrictions have gone into effect in Israel after the number of new cases there hit a record high the previous day, while the West Bank prepares to go into lockdown. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Jul. 5, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel said Sunday it has ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas. Israel’s Health Ministry said...