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EU executive criticizes rule of law issues in Hungary, Slovakia, Italy; lauds reforms elsewhere

Jul. 24, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission Wednesday criticized rule of law developments in Hungary, Italy and Slovakia, but welcomed reforms in Poland and Spain in its latest democracy health check across the 27-nation bloc. Across the board, EU countries had fully...

New Michigan law makes it easier for prisons to release people in poor health

Jul. 23, 2024 17:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a law Tuesday that would make it easier for people to be released from Michigan prisons if they're in debilitating health and considered to be a minimal risk to the public. The new law replaces a 2019 law that was seen as vague and hard...

Iowa law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy to take effect Monday

Jul. 23, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled the state's strict abortion law will take effect Monday, preventing most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The law passed last year, but a judge had blocked it from being enforced....

Senate to consider bills that aim to protect children and teenagers online

Jul. 23, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will consider legislation this week that aims to protect children from dangerous online content, moving forward with what could become the first sweeping new regulation of the tech industry in decades. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday...

Russian parliament passes measure broadening 'undesirable' organization criteria

Jul. 23, 2024 12:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved legislation expanding the reach of a law on declaring foreign-funded organizations “undesirable,” a designation that blocks their work in the country. The measure passed its final reading in the Duma. It goes...

Iowa law barring most abortions after six weeks will take effect Monday, judge orders

Jul. 23, 2024 11:44 AM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa law barring most abortions after six weeks will take effect Monday, judge orders.

In Washington state, Inslee's final months aimed at staving off repeal of landmark climate law

Jul. 23, 2024 01:57 AM EDT

SILVERDALE, Wash. (AP) — Standing at a transit center near four new wireless bus charging stations in a small community west of Seattle, Gov. Jay Inslee told transit and city leaders where money to pay for them — more than $1 million — came from. “It’s possible only because...

National bail fund returns to Georgia after judge says limits were arbitrary

Jul. 22, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people behind bars, said Monday it is reopening its Atlanta branch after a judge temporarily blocked part of a Georgia law that restricts organizations from helping people pay bail. Last month,...

As Georgia presses on with 'Russia-style' laws, its citizens describe a country on the brink

Jul. 21, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Eka Gigauri is used to harsh words from officials about the anti-corruption work she does in Georgia. But seeing her face on posters, accusing her of being an agent of foreign influence, a traitor and a spy, rattled her. Gigauri, who leads one of Georgia’s main anti-corruption...

Colombia's president pushes for health and labor changes as he opens new session of congress

Jul. 20, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government will propose legislation aimed at overhauling the health sector and will pursue changes to labor laws, President Gustavo Petro said Saturday as he inaugurated a new session of congress. Petro, Colombia’s first left-wing president,...