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Sweden's parliament passes a law to make it easier for young people to legally change their gender

Apr. 17, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish parliament passed a law Wednesday lowering the age required for people to legally change their gender from 18 to 16. Those under 18 still need approval from a guardian, a doctor and the National Board of Health and Welfare. No longer required...

Alabama lawmakers advance bills to ensure Joe Biden is on the state's ballot

Apr. 17, 2024 12:05 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers advanced legislation Wednesday to ensure President Joe Biden will appear on the state's November ballot, mirroring accommodations made four years ago for then-President Donald Trump. Legislative committees in the Alabama House of...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 17, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. April 16, 2024. Editorial: Delta Must Unite On Regional Idea A Senate committee chairman’s reluctance to push hard for legislation to help the Delta’s hospitals and generally improve health-care delivery in the region was understandable. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 17, 2024 11:47 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. April 12, 2024. Editorial: Make smart changes to Minnesota marijuana laws Lawmakers should keep working on improvements to legislation legalizing cannabis. Even as Minnesota’s new law on recreational marijuana went into...

Georgia's parliament votes to approve so-called 'Russian law' targeting media in first reading

Apr. 17, 2024 07:40 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's parliament has voted in the first reading to approve a proposed law that would require media and non-commercial organizations to register as being under foreign influence if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad. Opponents say the...

Executor of O.J. Simpson's estate plans to fight payout to the families of Brown and Goldman

Apr. 16, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate says he will work to prevent a payout of a $33.5 million judgment awarded by a California civil jury nearly three decades ago in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron...

Georgia prosecutors renew challenge of a law they say undermines their authority

Apr. 16, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

Three district attorneys in Georgia have renewed their challenge of a commission created to discipline and remove state prosecutors, arguing it violates the U.S. and Georgia constitutions. Their lawsuits filed Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta challenge Georgia’s...

The Biden administration recruits 15 states to help enforce airline consumer laws

Apr. 16, 2024 18:00 PM EDT

The Biden administration is enlisting the help of officials in 15 states to enforce consumer-protection laws covering airline travelers, a power that by law is limited to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the states, which include...

Lottery, gambling bill heads to Alabama legislative conference committee for negotiations

Apr. 16, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday appointed a conference committee to try to negotiate a compromise on gambling legislation as the two chambers remain apart on whether to allow sports betting and multiple casinos in the state. The Alabama Senate voted to send...

DeSantis tweaks Florida book challenge law, blames liberal activist who wanted Bible out of schools

Apr. 16, 2024 17:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Democrats repeatedly and forcefully warned Republicans and Gov. Ron DeSantis that a new law making it easier to challenge school books was so broadly worded that it would create havoc across the state. Now they can say, “I told you so." ...