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New state laws ban drivers holding phones, hike marriage age

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Using a handheld cellphone while driving will become illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law taking effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving was among numerous laws going onto the books Wednesday after being approved by the state Legislature this year....

South Dakota ban on phone use while driving starts July 1

Jun. 27, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Drivers in South Dakota who use their cellphones can be pulled over and ticketed purely for that offense starting Wednesday. A new state law taking effect July 1 makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to use a cellphone while driving except in an emergency or to use a GPS app or to read or...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 file photo, Markus Braun, CEO of financial services company wirecard, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany. Prosecutors in Germany say that the former CEO of the payments company Wirecard has been arrested in an accounting scandal that centers on a missing sum of 1.9 billion euros, or 2.1 billion dollars. Markus Braun resigned on Friday after the company disclosed that auditors couldn't find accounts containing the money. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)

Ex-CEO of Wirecard arrested in scandal over missing billions

Jun. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The former CEO of German financial technology company Wirecard has been arrested on suspicion of misrepresenting the firm's finances in an accounting scandal that centers on a missing 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion), prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday. Markus Braun resigned on Friday after...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at her office in New York. New York's attorney general on Thursday, June 18, 2020, blasted the New York City Police Department and the mayor for ignoring repeated invitations to testify at a hearing on allegations that officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce a citywide curfew in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

Stark accounts, scorn for NYPD at protest brutality hearing

Jun. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid harrowing testimony about New York City police officers slamming peaceful protesters to the ground, kicking a woman in the face and beating people with batons, the state's attorney general blasted the NYPD and the mayor Thursday for ignoring repeated invitations to testify. Attorney...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Administration seeking to roll back tech company protections

Jun. 17, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department proposed Wednesday that Congress roll back long-held legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, putting down a legislative marker in President Donald Trump’s drive against the social media giants. The proposed changes would...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Administration seeking rollbacks on tech company protections

Jun. 17, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is proposing that Congress roll back legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter that generally could not be held legally responsible for what people post on the sites. The proposed changes to Section 230 of a major telecommunication...

A healthcare worker administers a routine COVID-19 test to state Sen. Mimi Steward, of Bernalillo, on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M.. Legislators and state workers were tested in a parking garage the state Capitol ahead of a special legislative session called in response to the budget crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Public access to Statehouse still banned amid pandemic

Jun. 16, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sticking with a ban on direct public access to the Statehouse in favor of remote internet video access as legislators gather this week to rewrite the state budget. A divided Supreme Court rejected a petition Tuesday from nearly two-dozen rank-and-file lawmakers to keep...

Court rules phone charging kiosks are illegal gambling

Jun. 12, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday ruled that cellphone-charging kiosks that allow users to win or lose money by playing a video game are illegal gambling machines. The court upheld rulings from Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the state appeals court that also determined...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The (Munster) Times. June 6, 2020. NWI mayors extend peaceful solidarity amid protests, unrest Our nation was founded on the right of our populace to protest injustice. It’s at the very heart of the freedom of speech protected by our Constitution’s First Amendment. Fortunately, some key Region...

Idaho Supreme Court considers State Superintendent lawsuit

Jun. 5, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical on Friday about whether the Legislature can legally shift some duties previously handled by one statewide elected official to a different entity. The question — of exactly which responsibilities the superintendent of public...