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EU slaps coup-related sanctions on top Myanmar officials

Jun. 21, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on several senior officials and organizations in Myanmar over the military coup in February and the security crackdown that followed. The EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on 8 officials and froze the...

Debate over Myanmar upends start to UN rights body session

Jun. 21, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body opened its latest session on Monday and was immediately embroiled in a debate over the representation of Myanmar, where a military takeover toppled the civilian government in February. Western countries said two planned...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 20, 2021. Editorial: Fairer Ohio redistricting does not include arming one party at taxpayer expense In two separate constitutional referendums, in 2015 and 2018, Ohio voters overwhelming rejected grotesquely partisan...

When it comes to heated divorce, pets aren't people too

Jun. 21, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the eyes of the law, pets are property when it comes to divorce, but new ways of working out custody of the dog, cat or parrot have sprung up with special mediators and “petnups” to avoid courtroom disputes. Alaska, California and Illinois are...

Analysis: New laws affect alcohol, elections and autopsies

Jun. 20, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several new laws take effect July 1 in Mississippi, including one that will allow home delivery of liquor, wine or beer from local stores. The deliveries are authorized by House Bill 1135. Buyers will have to prove they are at least 21, delivery...

Illinois governor signs voter access plan that moves primary

Jun. 20, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ primary election will be moved from March to June next year under a voter access expansion recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The new law makes mail voting a permanent option, allows jail inmates awaiting trial to cast ballots...

Montana health officials struggle with changes to state law

Jun. 20, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Legislation aiming to protect businesses from COVID-19 restrictions imposed by local authorities was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte more than a month ago, but across the state, elected officials, public health officers and attorneys are left with wildly...

Australia accused of 'excessive and unnecessary' secrecy

Jun. 20, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world’s most secretive democracies. Last week, a former Australian spy was convicted...

New York law gives nurses a voice in hospital staffing plans

Jun. 19, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring general hospitals in the state to seek input from nurses and other staff in creating staffing plans that are to include specific guidelines on how many patients each nurse is assigned. The...

Suburban St. Louis police chief resigns over new gun law

Jun. 19, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police chief has resigned over concerns about a new Missouri law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Philip Dupuis, who had been the police chief of the city of...