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New Mexico governor calls for $1,200 payment to unemployed

Nov. 23, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is calling for $1,200 cash payments to workers who have qualified for unemployment since the pandemic began. New Mexico lawmakers were drafting legislation Monday aimed at providing about $300 million in direct economic aid for the unemployed, small businesses...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 23, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: COVID-19 winning as Akron and Ohio politicians spin their wheels Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 22 Two votes in recent days illustrated how COVID-19 continues to exploit our divided politics as it sickens record numbers of people. With no...

New York Democrats claim supermajority in state Senate

Nov. 23, 2020 5:30 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders in New York said Monday that the party had won enough seats in the election to gain a veto-proof supermajority in the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said that while results are still being tabulated in some races, at least 42...

Equity obstacles in Virginia push to legalize marijuana

Nov. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Could legalizing marijuana in Virginia help address social disparities and inequities? That’s one of the topics the state’s legislative watchdog agency explores in a new report examining how the commonwealth could legalize marijuana. The Joint Legislative Audit &...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Bishop Richard Malone, of Buffalo, speaks before distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. A civil suit filed Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, former Bishop Malone and an auxiliary bishop sheltered and improperly financially supported accused priests by letting them retire or go on medical leave when they should have reported them to the Vatican. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

New York state sues Buffalo diocese over priest misconduct

Nov. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave....

Tribal leaders back bill on teaching Native American history

Nov. 23, 2020 3:38 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leaders of American Indian tribes in Connecticut voiced their support Monday for proposed state legislation that would require the teaching of Native American history in public schools. The tribal leaders issued a statement with state Sen. Cathy Osten, a Sprague Democrat, in support...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during a rally at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, together with Gov. Tony Evers, challenging parts of a Republican-authored law limiting their powers that were passed during a lame-duck legislative session two years ago. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin attorney general suing over GOP lame-duck law

Nov. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging parts of a Republican-authored law limiting his powers that was passed during a lame-duck legislative session two years ago. The lawsuit from Attorney General Josh Kaul, together with Democratic Gov....

Riot police form a cordon as flames shoot out from the Congress building after protesters set a part of the building on fire, in Guatemala City, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Hundreds of protesters were protesting in various parts of the country Saturday against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of Congress for the approval of the 2021 budget that reduced funds for education, health and the fight for human rights. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros)

Guatemalan Congress backs down on budget after protests

Nov. 23, 2020 3:26 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress backed down on Monday on a federal budget that drew angry protests, including the burning of part of the Congress building over the weekend. The new budget would have slashed social spending and was approved last week while the country was distracted by...

Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group, delivers a speech at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in east China's Zhejiang province Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Zhang praised Chinese regulators Monday in a possible attempt to repair ties after the stock market debut of its former financial services arm was suspended following criticism of them by billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Alibaba CEO says regulations for internet firms 'necessary'

Nov. 23, 2020 11:01 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The chairman and CEO of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group praised Chinese regulators Monday in a possible attempt to repair ties after the stock market debut of its former financial services arm was suspended following criticism of them by billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Beijing’s...

Marijuana plants grow at a makeshift camp outside of the Senate building in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Mexican marijuana activists have been camping outside the Senate since February of this year, growing a crop of marijuana plants and smoking it as a way to pressure the government into legalizing recreational cannabis. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexican church decries Senate's marijuana legalization vote

Nov. 22, 2020 6:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church on Sunday criticized a vote in the Senate to legalize the possession, cultivation and use of small amounts of marijuana. The bill adopted this past week must still go to the lower house of Congress for a vote. It would legalize the possession of up...