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Legal challenge to Sununu moves forward; museum to reopen

Jul. 11, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

A challenge to Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s spending authority during the coronavirus pandemic is moving ahead, with both sides filing arguments with the court. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate sued Sununu in April, arguing that such spending requires approval by the...

Bulgarian president urges PM and government to resign

Jul. 11, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's president is calling on the center-right government to step down and the chief prosecutor to resign as the only way to ease the growing political tensions that have sparked mass protests across the country. President Ruman Radev said Saturday in a nationally televised...

Riot police officers stand at a security barricade as lawyers try to walk to the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 10, 2020. Turkey's Bar Associations continue to protest against the government's plans to amend laws regulating on lawyers and their associations. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

Jul. 11, 2020 3:38 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament passed controversial legislation amending laws governing attorneys and bar associations on Saturday, despite protests from critics who say the move could limit the independence of lawyers and reduce the professional associations’ clout. The new law,...

Sununu signs one coronavirus-related bill, vetoes another

Jul. 10, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two bills for a second time Friday, along with a third aimed at protecting renters during the coronavirus pandemic. Sununu also signed a pandemic-related bill into law — a measure that helps town and school districts whose usual process of...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, July 10, 2020, overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking decades of court precedent that upheld the governor's broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of Evers' vetoes and declined to consider a challenge to a pair of partial vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2017, saying the 2019 lawsuit was filed too late.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin high court gives mixed ruling on partial vetoes

Jul. 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday overturned three of four partial budget vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, bucking 85 years of court precedent that upheld the governor’s broad veto powers. However, the justices also upheld one of...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Pool via AP)

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

Jul. 10, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The...

Nevada State Senate Majority Leader, Nicole Cannizzaro presides over the Senate on the second day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Lawsuit: Lawmakers violate law with government day jobs

Jul. 9, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nine Nevada legislators who also work in state and local government jobs are violating a provision of the state constitution separating powers, a conservative think tank argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit, which names Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly...

Riot police officers try to avoid patrol bombs thrown by protesters outside the Greek Parliament during a protest against new protest law in Athens, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Violence has broken out in Athens during a mass demonstration against plans to curb public protests. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Violence erupts at rally in Greece against new protest law

Jul. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Violence broke out in Athens late Thursday during a mass demonstration against a new law to curb public protests, leaving six police officers injured. A group of protesters hurled gasoline bombs at riot police outside parliament, while police responded with tear gas and flash...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during his address at the inauguration of Gov. Tony Evers, right, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that curtailed the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general. The ruling Thursday, July 9, 2020 rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, giving Republican yet another victory. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored lame-duck laws

Jul. 9, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that stripped power from the incoming Democratic attorney general just before he took office in 2019. The justices rejected arguments that the laws were unconstitutional, handing...

Judge strikes down Indiana abortion complications report law

Jul. 9, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down an Indiana law that aimed to require reports from medical providers to the state if they treat women for complications arising from abortions. U.S. District Judge Richard Young's ruling Wednesday that the law was unconstitutional came two years after...