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Tickets are adding up for motorists under hands-free law

Oct. 22, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine law enforcement officers have written up several hundred motorists for violating a law that prohibits motorists from using hand-held electronic devices. The Portland Press Herald reports that 232 tickets have been written since the law went into effect on Sept. 19. Fine and...

Oklahoma prison officials say cellphone jamming would help

Oct. 21, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thousands of illegal cellphones are making it into the hands of prison inmates who use the devices to commit crimes, but prison officials testified Monday that they're prohibited from using one of the best tools to stop it — jamming technology. Prison officials from Oklahoma and...

India restores post-paid cellphone services in Kashmir

Oct. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Postpaid cellphone services were restored in India-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after India's government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown. Landline phones were restored in the region last month, but the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

Federal agency to give $12M for Wyoming broadband expansion

Oct. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of Wyoming over the next decade. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported three companies are expected to receive funds to extend service to more than 4,700 Wyoming homes...

In Wisconsin, vote to aid disabled lawmaker turns partisan

Oct. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved accommodations for a disabled Democratic lawmaker, despite his objections that Republicans had tied the changes to unrelated provisions aimed at expanding GOP power. Majority Republicans pushed the bill through after hearing emotional...

The Latest: Assembly approves accommodations for disabled

Oct. 10, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Assembly debate over rule changes, accommodations for disabled lawmaker (all times local): 2:54 p.m. The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a rule change allowing for a disabled Democratic lawmaker to phone into meetings, as he requested nearly a year ago. The...

Abortion ban opponents conflicted in Louisiana governor race

Oct. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the height of Louisiana's debate over a strict new abortion ban, phone calls poured into Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' office, from people urging him to jettison the measure and threatening to withhold votes for his reelection bid as he signed the new law. So many hundreds of...

Committee considers banning cellphones from classrooms

Oct. 8, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island school committee is trying to curb cellphone use by students in classrooms. The school committee in Newport introduced a proposal Monday that would ban cellphones in some form across all grade levels. WLNE-TV reports that students at Pell Elementary School would not be...

Wisconsin GOP to let disabled Democratic lawmaker call in

Oct. 8, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A paralyzed Wisconsin lawmaker would be allowed to call into committee meetings he can't attend in person under rule changes Republicans unveiled Tuesday that are designed to meet demands the Democrat made nearly a year ago. But Democrats and Rep. Jimmy Anderson, who is paralyzed from...