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Referendum aims to restore vaccine opt-outs in Maine

Feb. 17, 2020 2:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Debate over a referendum aimed at nullifying a Maine law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccinations is intensifying during the countdown to a statewide vote. A group that supports the elimination of most opt-outs launched a television ad...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

FILE - This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Feb. 17, 2020 1:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a...

Staunch Trump ally Armstrong aims to tackle practical issues

Feb. 17, 2020 1:28 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A freshman congressman from North Dakota who spent much of his first term defending President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings said Monday he wants to return to Washington and begin working on practical issues. Republican Rep. Kelly Armstrong formally announced his re-election...

Police: Burglary ring targeted marijuana businesses

Feb. 17, 2020 1:06 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon and Salem, Oregon seized firearms, marijuana and cash and made at least one arrest after breaking up a burglary ring that apparently targeted state-legal marijuana busisnesses, authorities said. The ring was working in Oregon and southwest Washington, according...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles as he shakes hands with European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc's new tech rules loom

Feb. 17, 2020 11:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the...

Indiana State University to consider proposed vaping ban

Feb. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University’s trustees will consider a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the western Indiana school’s ban on tobacco-related products. The Terre Haute campus is largely tobacco free under a policy that took effect in 2009, although the school has...

In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a man leaves a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan carrying his groceries in a plastic bag. New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1, 2020, implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution. But some worry the state's new regulations include a loophole that could potentially allow stores to phase in plastic bags thick enough to be considered multiuse. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Some worry if New York's coming plastic bag ban is enough

Feb. 17, 2020 9:15 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough. The law bars many types of...

New French health minister takes up post with raised profile

Feb. 17, 2020 5:22 AM EST

Incoming French health minister, Olivier Veran, a lawmaker and doctor, was handed the keys to his new ministry on Monday while it is in middle of dealing with the threat of coronavirus. His predecessor Agnes Buzyn, was named a Paris mayoral candidate Sunday, a late entry by the country's governing party after the...

This photograph provided by Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide of British Member of Parliament Debbie Abrahams shows Abrahams at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Indian officials denied the British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide. (Harpreet Upal via AP)

British MP who leads Kashmir group denied entry to India

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian officials denied a British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to an accompanying aide. Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of...