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Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Dec. 18, 2018 3:08 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers are vowing to pursue legal and parliamentary means to thwart the government while allowing for a lull over the Christmas holidays. About 150 to 200 people...

N. Carolina gov. vetoing bill with congressional race redo

Dec. 18, 2018 12:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said Tuesday he's vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy...

UN approves compact to support world's refugees; US objects

Dec. 17, 2018 11:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also sets out...

Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

Dec. 17, 2018 7:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final...

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

Dec. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Lawmakers from all opposition parties took to a temporary podium to declare...

Michigan governor signs more bills inspired by Nassar case

Dec. 17, 2018 6:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed more legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. Laws enacted Monday will give judges more flexibility to admit evidence of a defendant's prior commission of a sex assault, stiffen prison terms related to child pornography and...

After judge's ruling against 'Obamacare,' what happens now?

Dec. 17, 2018 4:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O'Connor's opinion was issued late Friday, and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and...

Polish president signs bill reinstating Supreme Court judges

Dec. 17, 2018 3:52 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president signed legislation Monday that reinstates Supreme Court judges who were forced into early retirement despite the European Union condemning the removals as a violation of democratic standards. Earlier in the day, the EU's top court, the European Court of Justice,...

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

Dec. 16, 2018 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and...

Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'

Dec. 15, 2018 4:45 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. "It's not only the right thing to do, it's long overdue," Holcomb...