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President Donald Trump speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

May. 26, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump's tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under...

LGBT rights ballot drive sues to cut signature requirement

May. 26, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group organizing a ballot drive to add LGBT anti-discrimination protections to Michigan’s civil rights law sued the state Tuesday, saying coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to collect the required 340,000 valid voter signatures. Fair and Equal Michigan and two...

Justice Department defends Alabama absentee ballot rule

May. 26, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s requirement to have witnesses sign an absentee ballot is not a violation of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Department of Justice argued in a brief Monday. The Justice Department filed the statement of interest in a lawsuit that contends Alabama’s election...

This undated photo provided by Idaho State University shows Mary Marshall, one of two female track athletes who want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports. It's the first such law in the nation. Attorneys for Marshall, 20,  of Twin Falls, Idaho, and 19-year-old Madison Kenyon of Johnston, Colo., filed a request Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to side with Idaho in fighting the lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April. (Eric Gordon/Idaho State University via AP)

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

May. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, 20, of...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Lam tried again Tuesday to defend a new national security law that China's parliament is going to impose on Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

May. 26, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory's civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly. The city's chief executive,...

Ohio crime labs able to differentiate hemp from marijuana

May. 26, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An upgrade in equipment at Ohio's three state crime labs has allowed technicians to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana but is not likely to have much effect on how law enforcement agencies enforce drug laws. Upgraded testing began two weeks ago at state crime labs in...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 photo, an Ethiopian domestic worker cleans her employer's balcony, in Beirut, Lebanon. Some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. With no functioning airports and exorbitant costs of repatriation flights, many are trapped, unable to go home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

May. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction...

Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...

Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

May. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to amend some of its health code regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses begin to reopen across Arizona. The original regulations included occupancy limitations, protective-equipment requirements,...

Spectrum sues Maine over prorated refunds when service ends

May. 24, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

Cable TV provider Spectrum is suing over a state law that goes into effect next month, requiring it to return a portion of a customer's month bill when service is discontinued. Spectrum Northeast and its parent, Charter Communications, contend its regional billing system is set up differently and that the new law...