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Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

Iowa court upholds 2019 law on documents filed in appeals

Apr. 16, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a portion of a 2019 law that prohibits people seeking an appeal of their criminal conviction from filing documents on their own when they're represented by an attorney. The case centered on an appeal...

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear coronavirus-related cases

Apr. 16, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court has agreed to take up the Democratic governor's challenge of Republican-backed laws aimed at limiting his authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The GOP-dominated legislature passed the measures this year over Gov....

Mississippi law will ban shackling inmates during childbirth

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will join a growing number of states and the federal government in banning the use of restraints on women giving birth in a jail or prison. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday signed House Bill 196, the “Dignity for Incarcerated...

As America embraces early voting, GOP hurries to restrict it

Apr. 16, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on...

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

Apr. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,...

WA Senate OKs bill to reinstate durg possession penalties

Apr. 15, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession. The Seattle Times reports that lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5476, in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck...

Clashes break out at student protest in northern Greek city

Apr. 15, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators clashed with police Thursday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki at the end of a march to protest a new law allowing the policing of university campuses. About 7,000 people participated in the march, which...

EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

Apr. 15, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. How, some might ask, can air fresheners be the basis for a traffic...

Florida 'anti-riot' bill goes to governor amid racial strife

Apr. 15, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who began campaigning for the measure last year following a summer of turmoil across the country...