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Justices spar in latest clash of religion and gay rights

Dec. 05, 2022 18:24 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...

Unmarked graves, an 'ugly history': W.Va. weighs mine safety

Dec. 05, 2022 14:53 PM EST

HAVACO, W.Va. (AP) — Mayapple plants sprout in the sunken soil where the bodies lie, their leaves sheltering the unmarked graves like tiny umbrellas. The forgotten burial ground is overrun by four-wheel tire tracks near a path strewn with discarded bottles and other trash. More...

Putin signs law expanding LGBT 'propaganda' restrictions

Dec. 05, 2022 09:07 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBT rights in the country. A 2013 law banned what authorities deem to be spreading “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Dec. 05, 2022 07:14 AM EST

Detroit News. December 3, 2022. Editorial: Repeal right-to-work at our own risk Democrats want to force workers to pay union dues against their will once again as they make repealing Michigan’s right-to-work law one of their first legislative targets when they take...

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. ...

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...

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...