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Israel raids Palestinian rights groups it labeled terrorists

Aug. 18, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel raided the offices of several Palestinian advocacy groups it had previously blacklisted as terrorist organizations early Thursday, sealing entrances and declaring them closed. Western diplomats visited one of the offices hours later in a show of...

For early-childhood grantmakers, collaboration is key

Aug. 18, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

When Phyllis Glink took a job at the Irving Harris Foundation 26 years ago, “we were by far the biggest funders in early childhood because there weren’t that many of us,” she recalls. A group of maybe a dozen foundations interested in early-childhood issues would sometimes...

Immigration advocates sue LexisNexis over personal data

Aug. 16, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Data broker LexisNexis Risk Solutions allegedly violated Illinois law by collecting and combining extensive personal information and selling it to third parties including federal immigration authorities, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by immigration advocates. ...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 12, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. August 11, 2022. Editorial: Black bears are here to stay. We need to learn to live with them. West Hartford resident Bill Priest said it best: “I was in total shock.” And let’s all be honest with each other, how else would you...

Massachusetts governor signs major climate bill into law

Aug. 11, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' governor signed into law Thursday a major climate change bill that's meant to bring the state closer to its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker encourages the development of offshore wind...

Advocacy group sues Ohio panel overseeing state opioid money

Aug. 10, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drug policy reform group has sued the state panel that will decide how Ohio distributes more than half of the money it will receive from a nationwide settlement regarding the opioid addiction crisis. Harm Reduction Ohio filed two lawsuits Monday against the...

NC teachers group critical of proposed license, pay overhaul

Aug. 09, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of North Carolina's leading teacher advocacy group criticized on Tuesday a proposed overhaul of public school instructor pay and licensing, saying that implementing such changes would make existing classroom staffing challenges even worse. The state...

Judge considers whether to block Georgia abortion law again

Aug. 08, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge is considering whether Georgia officials should once again be prohibited from enforcing the state's restrictive abortion law while a legal challenge against it is pending. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney heard arguments Monday from lawyers...

Court sets fall arguments on trans youth treatment ban

Aug. 06, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in November over Alabama’s efforts to outlaw the use of gender-affirming medications to treat transgender minors. Alabama is asking a federal appeals court to lift an injunction and let it enforce a law that...

Census lawsuit tossed based on definition of 'whereby'

Aug. 02, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a public records lawsuit on the 2020 census based on a Webster's dictionary definition of one obscure word: “whereby.” The lawsuit was over an even more obscure concept: how a statistical method was used to fill in details when information...