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Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Jun. 19, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state...

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Jun. 18, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits...

House votes to block military transgender ban

Jun. 18, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday night to block President Donald Trump's move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. The House passed, by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces an...

California governor, lawmaker alter proposed vaccine rules

Jun. 18, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent...

Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn't political

Jun. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, said Tuesday that he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters in Louisiana because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law . The governor, seeking a second term on the October ballot,...

Lamont signs bill increasing Connecticut's smoking age to 21

Jun. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont has signed legislation that increases the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21. The bill signed into law Tuesday by the Democrat also prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under 21. The new law takes effects...

Jon Stewart keeping up pressure on Mitch McConnell

Jun. 18, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert's late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to replenish a victims' fund for first responders to the 9/11 attacks. Stewart mocked McConnell on Colbert's "Late Show" Monday night,...

NC residents say a community pool has discriminatory rules

Jun. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — Residents of a North Carolina community say a private pool is enforcing discriminatory rules that ban dreadlocks, weaves and baggy pants. News outlets report Wake County residents have been sharing the rules on social media and calling for conversation on what they say are racist...