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Proposed New Zealand law says owning guns is not a right

Jul. 22, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions on gun ownership in a proposed law that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right. The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country, and...

Sununu signs bill responding to sales tax ruling

Jul. 22, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has passed legislation fighting back against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for other states to collect sales tax from the state's businesses. The so-called Wayfair ruling effectively ending the requirement that a company have a "physical presence" in a...

Alaska budget cuts may lead to more homeless in camps, cars

Jul. 22, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State budget cuts could mean an increase in the number of homeless people in Anchorage living outside. The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that vetoes of homeless services funding by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may force more people to live in camps and cars. Service...

Alaska House fails to pass capital budget funding measure

Jul. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has failed to attain sufficient votes to repair the state's capital budget. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Legislature needed to reach a three-quarters supermajority to fund Senate Bill 2002. On Saturday, the bill passed the House 27-6, but a...

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear...

Michigan officials suggest lower-cost ways to stay cool

Jul. 21, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As summer temperatures rise, the Michigan Public Service Commission is suggesting ways to stay cool while keeping utility bills under control. The agency recommends using fans to supplement air conditioning. Ceiling fans allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees...

University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

Jul. 21, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska's leadership in climate science could be threatened by budget cuts made through Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes, according to a researcher at UA Southeast. Eran Hood, a professor of environmental science, researches avalanches and glacial flooding events and...

Massachusetts bill would outlaw practice of declawing cats

Jul. 21, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. Supporters of the measure say declawing is cruel and painful. They say cats rely on their paws and claws to groom themselves and to help protect and defend their bodies. The practice involves amputating a cat's toes...

Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

Jul. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don't call it coddling. The...

Lawmakers praise new law to create court diversion program

Jul. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are praising the signing of legislation that establishes guidelines for a diversion program within the Superior Court. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey said Friday it's another step forward...