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Sununu vetoes four more bills, including 'red-flag' measure

Aug. 7, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed four more bills Friday, including one that would have allowed guns to be taken from people who present a danger to themselves or others. The batch of rejected bills also included one that would have required insurance plans that cover maternity benefits to also...

Changes to Oregon public pension benefits upheld

Aug. 6, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the reductions in public employee pension benefits that state lawmakers passed last year to help address the state’s pension funding deficit and rein in the escalating pension costs. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that nine public...

Billings shuts city hall, library after employees infected

Aug. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Billings shut down city hall and the public library for cleaning after three public employees in Montana’s largest city tested positive for the coronavirus. City hall was scheduled to re-open to the public Thursday following cleaning work and then operate two days...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing some of his proposals to rollback public employee pension benefits during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California's decades-old protections for public employees' retirement benefits are not enough to bar state lawmakers from enacting reforms designed to prevent abuses such as

California court: public employees can't 'spike' pensions

Jul. 30, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's public employees can't pad their pensions by working extra hours and cashing out unused vacation and sick leave just before retiring, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling Thursday that gives a victory to local governments trying to contain spiraling pension...

FILE - In this file image made from police body cam video, New York Police officers arrest a man on a boardwalk Sunday, June 21, 2020, in New York. The man whose takedown by police, as shown in this photo, led to an officer being charged for using what officials said was an illegal chokehold. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted a civil rights organization's plan to publish a database of New York City police disciplinary records, the latest twist in a lawsuit by public safety unions seeking to block their disclosure. (NYPD via AP, File)

Appeal blocks NYCLU’s release of police discipline records

Jul. 30, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted a civil rights organization’s plan to publish a database of New York City police disciplinary records, the latest twist in a lawsuit by public safety unions seeking to block their disclosure. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals interceded...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to local people at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston near Nottingham, England. Johnson is looking for a spokesperson with broadcasting experience— and a thick skin — to become the government’s face at televised media briefings. The government placed a job ad Wednesday, July 29 on the governing Conservative Party’s website seeking applicants with news judgment, the ability to remain calm under pressure and “excellent risk management and crisis communications skills.” (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

UK's Boris Johnson seeks tough spokesperson for TV briefings

Jul. 29, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking for a spokesperson with broadcasting experience— and a thick skin — to become the government’s face at televised media briefings. The government placed a job ad Wednesday on the governing Conservative Party’s website...

Ann Arbor to put tax on ballot to build affordable housing

Jul. 28, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor voters will decide whether to raise millions of dollars through a new property tax to build or acquire housing for people with certain incomes. The 1-mill tax would cost $125 per year for a home with a $125,000 taxable value, MLive.com reported. It could raise $6.5...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 14, 2020, file photo Nevada Assemblywoman Robin Titus looks toward a colleague on the sixth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev. Titus and other Republicans reversed their votes after Democratic leaders inserted a $50 million block grant program for schools facing unexpected virus-related expenses. With the program, lawmakers attempted to compensate for cuts to programs including Nevada's

Nevada governor signs budget bills, ending special session

Jul. 20, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday signed five bills passed by the Legislature restoring some of the $536 million in cuts the governor outlined in his proposed budget and creating a federally funded grant program for schools facing coronavirus expenses. Sisolak signed the bills a...

Thousands of people enjoy the summer weather at the 'Isar' river banks in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The Latest: S. Korea has smallest rise in cases in 2 months

Jul. 19, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months as health authorities express cautious optimism that the outbreak is being brought under control. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday still reported 26 newly...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 14 The New York Times on extending unemployment benefits in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic: Unemployment benefits provide people who lose jobs with a little help for a little while. The money is not really enough to live...