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Columbia council bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

Jun. 16, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city council in Columbia, South Carolina, has banned licensed therapists from offering conversion therapy to minors in attempts to change their sexual orientations or gender identities. News outlets reported that the body passed the ordinance...

Bill opening up police internal records clears committee

Jun. 16, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Democratic-led Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill making police disciplinary records accessible to the public and mandating their disclosure in any civil or criminal court proceeding. The legislation also authorizes state agencies,...

Retiring Kentucky lawmaker scoffs at congressman's criticism

Jun. 16, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state Sen. Paul Hornback, a prominent voice on farming as a committee chairman, said Wednesday that he won't seek another term in 2022 but downplayed blistering criticism he received from a fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie. ...

Police: 1 killed, 5 wounded in Baltimore shooting

Jun. 16, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — One person was killed and five others were wounded Wednesday when gunmen walked up a street and opened fire on a Baltimore block from an intersection, the city's police commissioner said. Commissioner Michael Harrison said that the shooting erupted in a...

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin is proposing an extensive list of changes to his party's sweeping elections and voting bill, raising hopes among Democrats that they could unite behind the legislation even if the measure is nearly certain to be blocked by Republicans in a showdown Senate...

Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit: Skepticism, respect

Jun. 16, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip put his diplomatic and negotiating philosophy on display, as he rallied traditional U.S. democratic allies to confront new and old challenges and offered an often rosy take on the possibilities of cooperation with Russian...

State public defender agency settles gender pay-gap lawsuit

Jun. 16, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several female attorneys and investigators at the state Law Offices of the Public Defender are getting raises to resolve a lawsuit that alleged unfair compensation in comparison with better-paid male colleagues. Five employees at the public...

Sunshine, fatalism and 2 world views from 2 world leaders

Jun. 16, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking near the steamy banks of a shimmering lake in Switzerland, one president nonchalantly removed his jacket and spoke confidently about standing up to an adversary. The other held court in a bland, air-conditioned room where he sought to portray strength amid...

Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. The resolution calls for the newly...

Key Wisconsin policing use of force bill in jeopardy

Jun. 16, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that would set a statewide use of force policy for police in Wisconsin, and offer protections for officers who report abuses, was in jeopardy in the state Assembly on Wednesday despite winning broad bipartisan support in the Senate. ...