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Protesters march during a demonstration against a security law that would restrict sharing images of police, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 in Paris. Civil liberties groups and journalists are concerned that the measure will stymie press freedoms and allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished. The cause has gained fresh impetus in recent days after footage emerged of French police officers beating up a Black man, triggering a nationwide outcry. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police images

Nov. 28, 2020 1:35 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers protested across France on Saturday, and officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations repeatedly fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters who set...

Greece sets price limit on COVID-19 tests at private clinics

Nov. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government said Friday it is putting limits on how much private medical facilities can charge for coronavirus tests. Commerce and Consumer Protection Secretary General Panagiotis Stamboulidis said that the price limits would be 40 euros ($48) for PCR tests and 10 euros...

Pope backs Argentine women's opposition to abortion bill

Nov. 27, 2020 5:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging Argentine women who are protesting a proposed new law to legalize abortion, saying the protection of life is above all a matter of human ethics. In the letter to the women dated Nov. 22, the Argentine pope wrote: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Butler presides over a House session as members of the Ohio House of Representatives vote to remove Rep. Larry Householder as Speaker of the House on at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price. In one corner stands veteran GOP lawmakers like...

Pandemic affects where lawmakers meet, and what they debate

Nov. 26, 2020 10:01 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic won’t just affect how New Hampshire lawmakers meet next year, but the legislation they will consider, as well. Lawmakers will gather at the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday to be sworn in, choose leaders and elect a secretary of state and state...

New Mexico county signs contract for deputy body cameras

Nov. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — Bernalillo County officials announced Wednesday that they have signed a $3.8 million deal with a Georgia company to provide body and vehicle cameras for the sheriff’s department. The agreement calls for Utility Inc. to supply 363 body cameras for deputies while 148 vehicles...

Consumers' lawyer seeks refunds as FirstEnergy ratings fall

Nov. 25, 2020 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The lawyer for FirstEnergy’s 1.8 million residential electric customers in Ohio stepped in Wednesday to try to assure they get refunds should state legislators or the courts halt the charges the utility giant was expecting as part of a now-tainted nuclear bailout bill. Ohio...

Wolf vetoes bills on firearms during emergency, gas drilling

Nov. 25, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed bills on firearms during the pandemic or other emergencies and about the regulation and plugging of conventional oil and gas wells. All three bills had passed the politically split General Assembly with mostly Republican support and mostly Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 25 The Daytona Beach News-Journal on suicide awareness and prevention: It’s a strange place for an anti-suicide message, blazoned across the front of a sleek and speedy stock car. It must have been even stranger to see the words “Race to Stop...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden puts on his face mask after introducing nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Congress is bracing for Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Congress braces for Biden's national coronavirus strategy

Nov. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is bracing for President-elect Joe Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state approach to the COVID-19 crisis and build out a national strategy to fight the pandemic and distribute the eventual vaccine. The incoming administration’s approach...