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WVa gov to wait on outcome of anti-school mask mandate bill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday questioned a bill moving through the Republican-led Legislature that would prohibit mask mandates in public schools in response to the coronavirus, saying that he will wait on the proposal's final outcome before deciding how to...

Kansas teen's death has spotlight on 'stand your ground' law

Jan. 21, 2022 15:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers were thinking of homeowners facing down burglars and people attacked on the street when they wrote a “stand your ground” law more than a decade ago allowing use of deadly force in self defense. They didn't envision it applying to police officers, jail...

NY eyes voting reforms following defeat of ballot referendum

Jan. 21, 2022 15:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would extend absentee balloting through the rest of 2022 under a bill that breezed through the Democratic-controlled Senate and Assembly this month. The Assembly passed the bill 100-45 on Wednesday, and the Senate passed the bill last week with a 42-21...

Facing tough '22 elections, Dems want a year of achievements

Jan. 21, 2022 14:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they’re addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently. Last...

EXPLAINER: How is North Dakota shield law supposed to work?

Jan. 21, 2022 13:49 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The confiscation of a North Dakota reporter's cellphone by a Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent has shined a light on the state's 19-year-old shield law, which is aimed at protecting journalists from being forced to turn over notes and other information without a court...

Black Mississippi senators protest vote on race theory bill

Jan. 21, 2022 13:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black lawmakers walked out in protest Friday and withheld their votes as the Mississippi Senate passed a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory. The state superintendent of education has said critical race theory is not being taught in...

Sentence slashed in robbery that led to FBI agent's death

Jan. 21, 2022 12:46 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A botched bank heist that led to the accidental death of an FBI agent earned convicted robber Francisco Herrera-Genao a 117-year prison sentence. Now, the New Jersey convict, imprisoned since 2007, could be free in as soon as four years because of legislation...

New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel

Jan. 21, 2022 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favoring their own goods and services over those of rivals. It could, for example,...

Bill to legalize pot-derived pain relief spray introduced

Jan. 21, 2022 11:36 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would allow Idaho residents with multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders to use a pain-relief spray derived from marijuana has been introduced in the House. The bill provides a carve-out in Idaho code for nabiximols, an oral spray that...

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Jan. 21, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany. ...