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EXPLAINER: Congress is acting on gay, interracial marriage

Dec. 05, 2022 01:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Legislation that ensures same-sex and interracial marriages are recognized as legal unions appears headed for final approval and President Joe Biden's signature, a bipartisan agreement that reflects a wider acceptance of gay rights in both Congress and the country. ...

California lawmakers to meet, eye big oil's high gas prices

Dec. 05, 2022 00:07 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Furious about oil companies' supersized profits after a summer of record-high gas prices, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday will formally start his campaign to punish big producers by asking the Legislature to fine them and give the money back to drivers. ...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Dec. 04, 2022 23:28 PM EST

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. December 3, 2022. Editorial: SAFE-T Act revisions move in the right direction but still leave uncomfortable questions No one could realistically have expected that modifications considered and ultimately approved for the controversial...

Supreme Court weighs 'most important case' on democracy

Dec. 04, 2022 17:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is about to confront a new elections case, a Republican-led challenge asking the justices for a novel ruling that could significantly increase the power of state lawmakers over elections for Congress and the presidency. The court is set to hear...

Democrats in Vermont House announce leadership positions

Dec. 04, 2022 12:17 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democrats in the Vermont House of Representatives have selected their leaders ahead of the next legislative session. The Democrats held a public caucus Saturday at the State House in Montpelier. Rep. Jill Krowinski of Burlington was tapped for...

Teens create a ‘period pantry’ for free pads, tampons

Dec. 04, 2022 09:03 AM EST

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — When Ariyanna Ghala, 14, was shopping with her mom, she noticed how expensive a box of pads were and thought there must be something she could do to help people who couldn’t afford them. The teen in Vienna, Va., talked to her friends Ramsey Warner and Isabel...

Fate of Confederate monuments still undecided

Dec. 03, 2022 03:13 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When a group supporting Confederate monuments flew a banner Sunday over TIAA Bank Field before the Jaguars game, it drove home that a year after City Council pledged to make a decision on the future of a Confederate monument in Springfield Park, none of the long-promised...

House OKs bill meant to help owners keep guns in emergencies

Dec. 02, 2022 10:49 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House lawmakers have advanced a proposal meant to ensure that gun owners' lawfully held firearms and ammunition aren't seized by the government during natural disasters, public health crises or other declared emergencies. The bill that cleared the...

DeSantis 2024 prospects prompt Fla. lawmakers to review law

Dec. 02, 2022 09:41 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions if they run for...

Germany welcomes Biden comments in trade dispute

Dec. 02, 2022 07:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden's apparent willingness to discuss tweaking U.S. legislation that European leaders say unfairly discriminates against their industries. Biden acknowledged during a visit to Washington by French President Emmanuel Macron on...