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In Cuba, divisions over law to allow same-sex marriage

Oct. 19, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Adiel and Lachi are anxious to get married, perhaps dressed in black, in a ceremony by the seashore. The idea bothers the Rev. Moises de Prada, who like many of his parishioners opposes a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Cuba. ...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 19, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. ...

Court: Parts of pesticide program violate California law

Oct. 18, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state-run pest prevention program partly violates California's landmark environmental protection law with its approach to spraying pesticides, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling centers on a pest prevention and management program run...

Alabama medical cannabis license dates to stay the same

Oct. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama regulatory commission has plenty to do before people can apply for medical cannabis licenses, so it won’t push for a date that might allow sales next year, a commission official said. The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission had said...

Wyoming lawmakers plan anti-vaccine-mandate special session

Oct. 18, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers plan to hold a rare special session next week to counter President Joe Biden's proposal to require COVID-19 vaccination for certain workers. Whether the session Oct. 26-28 in Cheyenne, at a cost of $25,000 per day, proceeds to...

Derek Chauvin hires lawyer to represent him on appeal

Oct. 18, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin has hired an attorney to represent him as he appeals his murder conviction in the death of George Floyd, according to court documents made public Monday. Attorney William Mohrman filed a document with the court Friday saying he would...

Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

Oct. 18, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. ...

Biden taking social services, climate pitch to Pennsylvania

Oct. 18, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Scranton on Wednesday, the White House said, as the Democrat works to rally support in Congress for a social services and climate change package that had been a 10-year, $3.5 trillion proposal. Biden's visit to...