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The Latest: Irish minister New abortion law to come soon

May. 26, 2018 7:14 AM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on the Irish abortion referendum (all times local): 12 noon Ireland's Minister for Children and Youth Affairs says she is grateful and emotional over with the apparent decision of voters to repeal the constitutional ban on abortions in Friday's landmark referendum. Katherine...

Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

May. 25, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott...

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional

May. 25, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state's ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida's Department of Health said in a statement it...

Online political ad bill to be law without gov's signature

May. 25, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and address foreign interference in local elections on social media will become law in Maryland without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature, the governor said Friday, citing "serious constitutional concerns" relating to the First...

US raises concerns about illnesses tied to synthetic pot

May. 25, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah. In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol,...

House calls for Pentagon probe of alleged torture in Yemen

May. 25, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives has voted to require Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to determine whether U.S. military or intelligence personnel violated the law in interrogations of detainees in Yemen. By voice vote, the House on Thursday adopted the measure as part of the 2019 defense...

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

May. 24, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Savoring the legislative triumph, he called it "the next step in America's unprecedented economic comeback." The...

Court: Inmate serving life can't sue because he's 'dead'

May. 24, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Supreme Court has ruled that a man serving life in prison can't sue the state for an attack by a fellow inmate because, under state law, he's considered dead. The Providence Journal reports that the court dismissed the negligence lawsuit brought against the Department...

Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters

May. 23, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sports coaches, the types of paid employees who allegedly learned Larry Nassar was molesting gymnasts and other athletes before the sexual abuse scandal broke, would still not be required to report such suspected abuse to the authorities under a watered-down proposal to expand...

Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet 'integrity fee'

May. 23, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact. Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney said Wednesday it is "extortion" for the leagues to demand...