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Hong Kong asks Beijing to step in into row over UK lawyer

Nov. 28, 2022 09:35 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said on Monday he will ask Beijing to rule whether to let foreign lawyers be involved in national security cases after the city's top court allowed a prominent pro-democracy publisher to hire a British lawyer for his upcoming trial. John Lee...

Conn. legislators head into session on gas tax, other issues

Nov. 27, 2022 10:50 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are set to discuss gasoline taxes, heating-bill help, pandemic pay for essential workers and other issues when they convene Monday for a special legislative session. Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he was calling the General Assembly...

Wisconsin board: UW Health not required to recognize union

Nov. 26, 2022 11:31 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin labor relations commission has ruled that the UW Health hospital system will not be required to recognize a nurses union or engage in collective bargaining negotiations. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in its Friday ruling found that UW...

German government seeks to ease rules for naturalization

Nov. 26, 2022 06:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's socially liberal government is moving ahead with plans to ease the rules for obtaining citizenship in the European Union's most populous country, a drive that is being assailed by the conservative opposition. Chancellor OIaf Scholz said in a video message...

Alaska Democrats, Republicans form coalition Senate majority

Nov. 25, 2022 22:07 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska state Senate will have a coalition of Democrats and Republicans serving as a majority caucus next January, officials announced. Friday. The coalition will include nine Democrats and eight Republicans, leaving three members of the 20-seat chamber...

Emboldened Biden, Dems push ban on so-called assault weapons

Nov. 25, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden speaks about the “scourge” of gun violence, his go-to answer is to zero in on so-called assault weapons. America has heard it hundreds of times, including this week after shootings in Colorado and Virginia: The president wants to sign...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Nov. 25, 2022 11:53 AM EST

Parkersburg News and Sentinel. November 22, 2022. Editorial: Dead Last: West Virginia lawmakers must focus on boosting state Were it not for Mississippi, West Virginia would be the bottom of the barrel in most studies ranking states, in a variety of categories....

Illinois legislators to decide whether to end cash bail

Nov. 25, 2022 11:15 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — One of Illinois' most comprehensive — and contentious — pieces of criminal justice legislation is scheduled for another cleanup, after it was both venerated and vilified during the fall election campaign. This is legislators' last chance to finalize details before...

Wis. election officials weigh changes to military voting

Nov. 25, 2022 09:36 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials are weighing whether changes to military absentee voting are needed after a top Milwaukee election official was charged with fraud in false requests for military absentee ballots just days before the Nov. 8 election. Kimberly...

EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?

Nov. 25, 2022 01:43 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault...