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Bill increases penalty for attacking Idaho parks officers

Jan. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws has been introduced. Republican Sen. Dan Johnson of Lewiston brought forward the legislation Monday in the Senate Judiciary Rules Committee. The change...

North Dakota's GOP-led Legislature mulls abortion bills

Jan. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature reopened the abortion debate Monday following a six-year pause despite critics saying the state is setting itself up for another round of expensive legal fights over legislation they describe as misleading and unconstitutional. In...

Gun bills more likely to become ads than law in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any notable new gun laws this legislative session, but are almost certain to campaign heavily on failed gun legislation later this year. Republicans who control the General Assembly have dispatched gun-control bills backed by Democratic Gov....

South Lake Tahoe awaits outcome of vacation home rental suit

Jan. 21, 2019 1:32 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The resort city of South Lake Tahoe says it supports implementing a new law that sets stricter occupancy limits on vacation home rentals and freezes new permits, but it's facing a lawsuit over the voter-approved initiative. The City Council is hopeful it will find the right balance while...

Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil

Jan. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EST

SAO GONCALO, Brazil (AP) — Fearing for his safety amid rising crime in Latin America's largest nation, Paulo Alberto joined a gun club three years ago and learned to shoot. But he says Brazil's tight carry laws that mean he can't take his gun anywhere but to the club limit his ability to protect himself...

Study: Kansas strictest in limiting control of food policy

Jan. 20, 2019 12:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas goes farther than any other state in limiting state and local agencies from influencing policy about food nutrition labels and portion sizes, according to a recent study. A study published this month by New York University researcher Jennifer Pomeranz found that Kansas does...

Dozens of anti-govt protests in Hungary decry labor changes

Jan. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of anti-government protests have taken place in Hungary to protest labor law changes that sharply increased the overtime hours that employers can request from workers. Saturday's rallies drew mostly hundreds of people to each event. The labor law changes were approved in...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers set to OK abortion rights measure

Jan. 19, 2019 12:53 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Democrats in the state Senate aren't wasting any time in using their new power to pass bills long blocked by the old Republican majority. On Tuesday, the chamber plans to take up the Reproductive Health Act, which would codify the abortion rights...

New rental tax worries some shore renters, homeowners

Jan. 19, 2019 10:42 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new tax in New Jersey on short-term lodging such as Airbnb rentals is rattling some property owners and renters who worry that it could deal a blow to the state's multi-billion dollar shore tourism industry by pushing people to consider other destinations. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy...

She fought cancer and Congress for DC's right-to-die law

Jan. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government form lay on the dining room table in Mary Klein's home in Northwest Washington. At the top, in bold letters, was a simple declaration: "REQUEST FOR MEDICATION TO END MY LIFE IN A HUMANE AND PEACEFUL MANNER." "I need two witnesses for my application," Klein's friend Kelly...