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In this aerial view, participants start to gather for a vigil to remember the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, despite permission for it being officially denied, at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, June 4, 2020. China is tightening controls over dissidents while pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and elsewhere try to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Worrying over future, Hong Kong defies ban to mark Tiananmen

Jun. 4, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy snuffed out in the mainland, the...

Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, explains his vote in favor of a bipartisan coronavirus bill as Sen. Rick Billinger, R-Goodland, listens Thursday, June 4, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Legislators passed a bill that gives their leaders oversight of the state's response to the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Supporters ram coronavirus plan through Kansas Legislature

Jun. 4, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Supporters rammed a bipartisan plan through the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature on Thursday aimed at giving lawmakers some oversight of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's response to the novel coronavirus after cutting off a debate over preventing pandemic-related lawsuits. The...

New Missouri law expands absentee voting during pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday signed a bill into law that will allow people to vote by mail this year if they're concerned about the coronavirus. Voters currently can request absentee ballots only if they provide an excuse for why they can’t vote in person. Illness is...

Amid protests, Colorado lawmakers consider police changes

Jun. 4, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a week of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Colorado state lawmakers on Thursday began considering a bill intended to hold police officers more accountable by requiring all officers to wear body cameras and allowing people to file state lawsuits against...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

Iowa Democrats unveil police conduct bills; GOP considering

Jun. 4, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats and black leaders called Thursday for urgent action by state lawmakers to enact laws regulating police conduct and investigations, after a week of protests across the nation over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the statehouse steps, Rep. Ras Smith, a...

U.S. Capitol police officers talk with demonstrators as they have a conversation about racism in America as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. At right is Lydia Robinson, 31, of Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on intercollegiate athlete compensation. Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and Gonzalez, who is planning to introduce it, said Thursday, June 4, 2020, there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Congressman: No NCAA antitrust exemption in athlete pay bill

Jun. 4, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and the congressman planning to introduce it said there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, said Thursday it's imperative for Congress...

Black Ohio lawmakers urge colleagues to help address racism

Jun. 4, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Black Democratic lawmakers made emotional appeals to colleagues in the GOP-led Ohio House for help in addressing racism as a session ended Thursday. The House had wrapped up its business on votes regarding elections and fireworks legislation when Rep. Stephanie Howse rose to address...

Telehealth expansion could become permanent after pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The temporary expansion of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill endorsed Thursday by a Senate committee. As passed by the House in March, the bill would allow reimbursement for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders conducted...

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. legislators aiming to reopen gyms despite Cooper order

Jun. 4, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gyms and fitness centers would get relief from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's COVID-19 executive order that keeps them closed in a bill approved unanimously on Thursday by a Senate committee. The measure, which would allow the gyms and health clubs to reopen indoors at 50% capacity,...