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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sen. Wiener has introduced legislation that would ban certain medically unnecessary surgeries on children born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The first-of-its-kind legislation would not allow these types of surgeries until the child is at least 6-years-old. A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids

Jan. 15, 2021 5:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker is trying again to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children until they are at least 6-years-old, hoping a narrower focus combined with new legislative leadership will be enough to get the first-of-its-kind legislation signed into law....

FILE - This file photo from Wednesday Jan. 6, 2021, shows Trump supporters swarming the Capitol, as Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. A little used Civil War-era statute that outlaws waging war against the United States is getting a fresh look after the attacks on the Capitol. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Rare sedition charge gains interest after Capitol attack

Jan. 15, 2021 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Civil War-era sedition law being dusted off for potential use in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol was last successfully deployed a quarter-century ago in the prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks. An Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, and...

Prosecutors drop securities case against former VW CEO

Jan. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have set aside a securities-law case against the former CEO of Volkswagen because he could face heavier penalties in a separate criminal fraud case connected to the company's 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The court in the city of Braunschweig said in a...

John Clancey, an American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law, speaks during an interview in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Clancey said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

AP Interview: Arrested US lawyer says HK courts face choice

Jan. 15, 2021 3:48 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — An American lawyer who became the first foreigner arrested under Hong Kong's national security law said Friday that the courts now have a choice between the new law and the city's legally enshrined freedoms, as China cracks down on dissent in the Asian financial capital. John Clancey was...

Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina listen during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Jan. 14, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The heartbeat abortion bill has stalled in recent years, but appears to have a good chance of passing in 2021.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

Jan. 14, 2021 4:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are again considering a bill that would ban most abortions in the state and it seems much more likely to pass this time thanks to conservative gains in the General Assembly and at the U.S. Supreme Court. The ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Transcript of Trump's speech at rally before US Capitol riot

Jan. 13, 2021 9:11 PM EST

President Donald Trump spoke at a rally near the White House on Jan. 6 before a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump was impeached Wednesday by the U.S. House on a single charge of “incitement of...

Lawmakers vote to move cases out of Franklin Circuit Court

Jan. 13, 2021 8:07 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a bill that would curtail the statewide influence of a circuit court traditionally assigned high-profile cases involving state government. The measure sent to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear reflects a long-running goal of many...

Congressional staff passes through a metal detector and security screening as they enter the House chamber, new measures put into place after a mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Democrats are set to pass a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke constitutional authority under the 25th Amendment to oust Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Latest: House urges Pence to remove Trump from power

Jan. 12, 2021 11:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the attack of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 11:28 p.m. The House has voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and hold a Cabinet vote to remove President Donald Trump from...

Some Uber, Lyft drivers sue over California ballot measure

Jan. 12, 2021 7:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drivers for app-based ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said...

Family members of farmers prepare food for fellow farmers as they block a highway in protest against new farm laws at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India's top court suspends implementation of new farm laws

Jan. 12, 2021 11:34 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Tuesday temporarily put on hold the implementation of agricultural reform laws and ordered the creation of an independent committee of experts to negotiate with farmers who have been protesting against the legislation. The Supreme Court's ruling came a day after...