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As Georgia presses on with 'Russia-style' laws, its citizens describe a country on the brink

Jul. 21, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Eka Gigauri is used to harsh words from officials about the anti-corruption work she does in Georgia. But seeing her face on posters, accusing her of being an agent of foreign influence, a traitor and a spy, rattled her. Gigauri, who leads one of Georgia’s main anti-corruption...

Colombia's president pushes for health and labor changes as he opens new session of congress

Jul. 20, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government will propose legislation aimed at overhauling the health sector and will pursue changes to labor laws, President Gustavo Petro said Saturday as he inaugurated a new session of congress. Petro, Colombia’s first left-wing president,...

Appeals court hears Christian homeless shelter's challenge to Washington anti-discrimination law

Jul. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for a Christian homeless shelter were in a federal appeals court Friday to challenge a Washington state anti-discrimination law that would require the charity to hire LGBTQ+ people and others who do not share its religious beliefs, including those on sexuality and...

Tennessee will remove HIV-positive people convicted of sex work from violent sex offender list

Jul. 19, 2024 18:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — HIV-positive people who were convicted in Tennessee of sex work under a decades-old aggravated prostitution law will no longer be required to face a lifetime registration as a “violent sex offender” under a lawsuit settlement finalized this week. Last...

Ten Commandments won't go in some Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out

Jul. 19, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't take official steps to implement a law requiring the Ten Commandments be placed in all of the state's public school classrooms until at least November as a lawsuit makes its way through the courts, according to an agreement approved by a federal judge...

Treasury warns that anti-woke banking laws like Florida's are a national security risk

Jul. 19, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is warning that state laws that restrict banks from considering environmental, social and governance factors could harm efforts to address money laundering and terrorism financing. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter sent...

Virginia lawmakers repeal restrictions on popular tuition waiver program for military families

Jul. 18, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation that will repeal new restrictions on a tuition waiver program for military families. The House of Delegates and state Senate each voted unanimously to fully restore the Virginia Military Survivors...

Georgia Democrats sue to overturn law allowing unlimited campaign cash, saying GOP unfairly benefits

Jul. 18, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats are suing to overturn the ability of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and others to raise unlimited political contributions and spend them on behalf of any political cause. The Democratic Party of Georgia on Thursday filed suit against the governor in...

New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

Jul. 18, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For nearly four years, residents of Newark's Ironbound section, a gritty, industrial neighborhood near an airport and surrounded by train tracks and many smelly sources of air pollution, had hoped an environmental justice law aimed at protecting communities like theirs would...

Germany to impose tougher penalties on people who break through airport perimeters

Jul. 17, 2024 21:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would impose tougher penalties on people who break through airport perimeters, a response to incidents such as disruptive protests by climate activists. The bill, which must still be passed by lawmakers,...