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Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church

Jul. 12, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds...

Poland's centrist government suffers defeat in vote on liberalizing abortion law

Jul. 12, 2024 13:49 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his centrist coalition government suffered a bitter defeat Friday in parliament, where a slim majority rejected legislation that would have eased the strict anti-abortion law. The vote was 218-215 with two abstentions...

European Union says X's blue checks are deceptive 'dark patterns' that breach its social media laws

Jul. 12, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Friday that blue checkmarks from Elon Musk's X are deceptive and that the online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements, the first charges against a tech company since the bloc's new social media regulations took effect. ...

Putin signs bill increasing income taxes for the wealthy in Russia

Jul. 12, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday endorsed a bill that raises income taxes for the rich, part of efforts to help fill government coffers during the fighting in Ukraine. Putin signed the bill into law two days after it was approved by both houses of...

New York law couldn't be used to disarm reservist before Maine shooting, Army official says

Jul. 12, 2024 09:34 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Army couldn’t use New York’s red flag law to disarm a reservist experiencing a mental health crisis before a mass shooting in Maine because he was not a New York resident, a nurse practitioner told an independent commission. Maj. Matthew Dickison...

Pennsylvania authorizes regulations for carbon capture wells

Jul. 11, 2024 22:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania legislation aimed at helping the nation’s No. 2 natural gas-producing state attract carbon capture projects and enable federally funded hydrogen hubs was approved by lawmakers Thursday night despite criticism that the technology is unproven. ...

Pennsylvania lawmakers approve sale of canned alcoholic drinks in grocery stores and more retailers

Jul. 11, 2024 19:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians will be able to buy canned alcoholic drinks, called ready-to-drink cocktails, from a wider variety of retailers under legislation approved Thursday. The state Senate approved the bill, 32-17, and sent it to Gov. Josh Shapiro's desk. ...

California police say suspect shot and killed 4, including wife, son and parents-in-law

Jul. 11, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A California man is in custody after fatally shooting his wife, their 6-year-old son and his wife's parents, a San Francisco Bay Area police department said Thursday. A second son, 1, also was shot and is in the hospital in critical condition, said Alameda...

Referendum set for South Dakota voters on controversial carbon dioxide pipeline law

Jul. 11, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

After years spent trying to gain regulatory approval for a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline intended to snake through the Midwest, the effort could be complicated even further if South Dakota voters reject a law passed by the Legislature that pipeline opponents say is an attempt to squelch local...

Congress OKs bill overhauling oversight of troubled federal Bureau of Prisons

Jul. 10, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system and increased congressional scrutiny. ...