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The House is on the brink of approving aid for Ukraine and Israel after months of struggle

Apr. 20, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is working through a rare Saturday session to approve $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, Democrats and Republicans joining together behind the legislation after a grueling monthslong fight over renewed American support for repelling...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

Apr. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

Iowa governor signs measure increasing compensation for Boy Scouts abuse victims

Apr. 19, 2024 18:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa men who were victims of child sexual molestation while they were in the Boy Scouts of America could get higher legal compensation under a measure lawmakers approved and the governor signed into law Friday. The legislation, which retroactively waives the...

Attorneys argue that Florida law discriminates against Chinese nationals trying to buy homes

Apr. 19, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

An attorney asked a federal appeals court on Friday to block a controversial Florida law signed last year that restricts Chinese citizens from buying real estate in much of the state, calling it discriminatory and a violation of the federal government's supremacy in deciding foreign affairs. ...

Bill that could ban TikTok has been attached to the House foreign aid package. What next?

Apr. 19, 2024 13:49 PM EDT

The House has renewed its push on legislation that would ban TikTok if its Beijing-based parent company doesn’t divest from the popular social media platform, escalating the fight over the hot-button issue. The TikTok legislation, which was included in a package of bills that...

First major attempts to regulate AI face headwinds from all sides

Apr. 18, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Artificial intelligence is helping decide which Americans get the job interview, the apartment, even medical care, but the first major proposals to reign in bias in AI decision making are facing headwinds from every direction. Lawmakers working on these bills, in...

Legislation that could force a TikTok ban revived as part of House foreign aid package

Apr. 18, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation that could ban TikTok in the U.S. if its China-based owner doesn’t sell its stake won a major boost late Wednesday when House Republican leaders included it in a package of bills that would send aid to Ukraine and Israel. The bill could be law as soon as next week...

Legislation allowing doctor-assisted suicide narrowly clears Delaware House, heads to state Senate

Apr. 18, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware narrowly cleared the Democrat-led House on Thursday and now goes to the state Senate for consideration. The bill is the latest iteration of legislation that has been repeatedly introduced by Newark Democrat Paul...

Nebraska lawmakers end session, leaving taxes for later

Apr. 18, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

Nebraska lawmakers adjourned Thursday knowing they'll be called back by Republican Gov. Jim Pillen for a summer session to ease soaring property taxes. A Pillen-backed sales tax expansion failed on the last day of the session after its author, Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, pulled it...

Alabama lawmakers advance bill to strengthen state's weak open records law

Apr. 18, 2024 17:31 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday advanced legislation aimed at strengthening the state's weak open records law by setting deadlines to respond to requests to view public documents. Senators voted 29-0 for the legislation. The bill now moves to the House. ...