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Lawmakers: End tax breaks for companies that pull lobster

Dec. 07, 2022 12:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two lawmakers in Maine want to change laws to prevent the state from offering tax breaks or contracts to companies that stop selling lobster after sustainability organizations raised concerns. The Marine Stewardship Council and Seafood Watch removed their...

Indonesia's Parliament votes to ban sex outside of marriage

Dec. 06, 2022 19:42 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Parliament unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban sex outside of marriage and insulting the president and state institutions. Once in force, the bans will affect foreign visitors as well as citizens. They're part of an overhaul of the country's...

Audit of Idaho's general election results finds few flaws

Dec. 06, 2022 18:27 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state audit of more than 19,000 ballots cast in Idaho's general election has identified only six variations, according to a report from the Secretary of State's office. The variations all resulted from sorting errors or faint markings on the ballots that were...

South Dakota Legislature tackles Christian marks in Capitol

Dec. 06, 2022 18:18 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers can adorn their office with a crucifix, but they can't pound the nail into the state Capitol's wall, a legislative oversight board clarified on Tuesday as part of a policy regulating how religious symbols can mark the state's seat of government. ...

Biden's efforts to protect abortion access hit roadblocks

Dec. 06, 2022 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme Court stripped the constitutional right. ...

Pope tightens oversight of Vatican-linked foundations

Dec. 06, 2022 08:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday tightened control and oversight over Vatican-based foundations and associations in his latest effort to impose international standards of accounting and governance on Vatican offices and affiliated entities. A new law aims to bring the...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Dec. 06, 2022 07:13 AM EST

Kansas City Star. November 30, 2022. Editorial: Missouri’s aging Sunshine Law is too easy for politicians to ignore. Strengthen it A recent court ruling that the Missouri attorney general’s office “knowingly” violated the state Sunshine Law in 2018 is an...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Dec. 06, 2022 07:12 AM EST

Indianapolis Business Journal. December 2, 2022. Editorial: Legislation protects religious groups, same-sex couples Kudos to U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., for his vote this week to ensure that same-sex marriage is enshrined in federal law and not left to the whim of...

South Korean lawmakers raise concerns over Chinese voters

Dec. 06, 2022 04:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Members of South Korea’s ruling conservative party have proposed a bill that would place tighter restrictions on the voting rights of foreign permanent residents in local elections, which they insist is necessary to protect the country’s democracy from being...

Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

Dec. 05, 2022 21:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority sounded sympathetic Monday to a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, the latest collision of religion and gay rights to land at the high court. The designer and her...