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To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Jun. 12, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall assembled a lesson plan on the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, she wondered how she might have to go about it differently next year under a new Tennessee state law that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and...

Connecticut legislature addresses nursing home deficiencies

Jun. 12, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some big changes are expected at Connecticut nursing homes in the coming months. From mandatory two-month supplies of personal protection equipment and full-time infection specialists to the ability for residents to have cameras in their rooms,...

Transgender athletes fight Florida’s new ban

Jun. 12, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — They’ve spent months in limbo, anxiously waiting to figure out how they would be able to celebrate Pride Month 2021. They could emerge from more than a year of isolation to celebrate their identities with the rest of their community, free...

Study: Illinois public defenders struggle with big caseloads

Jun. 12, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Public defenders across Illinois are struggling with excessive caseloads and a lack of independence that is negatively affecting their clients, according to a new study commissioned by the Illinois Supreme Court. The study, which was released Tuesday,...

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail

Jun. 11, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony. ...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

Bills that could force Big Tech breakups unveiled in House

Jun. 11, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of House lawmakers put forward a sweeping legislative package Friday that could curb the market power of Big Tech companies and force Facebook, Google, Amazon or Apple to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. The...

California governor signs orders to roll back virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's official: Most of California's coronavirus rules governing public gatherings will disappear on Tuesday after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday afternoon that heralds the end of the pandemic's hold on much of public life for the nation's most...

$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...