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Bill meant to improve math skills passes as Kentucky lawmakers approach end of legislative session

Apr. 15, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation aimed at improving the math skills of Kentucky students won final passage Monday as lawmakers considered the final stacks of bills before concluding this year's legislative session. House and Senate members were serenaded with renditions of “My...

California officials sue Huntington Beach over voter ID law passed at polls

Apr. 15, 2024 16:47 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California officials on Monday sued Huntington Beach over a new law that lets the city require voters to provide identification to cast ballots at the polls starting in 2026. The state's Attorney General Rob Bonta said the measure approved by voters...

Georgia lawmakers scuffle over a divisive bill that opponents say mimics Kremlin's repressive law

Apr. 15, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's legislature scuffled on Monday as the parliament debated a divisive new law dubbed the foreign agent bill. Hours later, hundreds of people protested against the legislation outside the parliament in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. ...

The Civil War raged and fortune-seekers hunted for gold. This era produced Arizona's abortion ban

Apr. 15, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

As Union and Confederate armies clashed in a bloody fourth year of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln tasked one man to create the legal code for Arizona, almost 50 years before the territory became a state. New York judge William Thompson Howell wrote 500 pages that spanned...

A key plank in Britain's plan to send migrants to Rwanda is set to become law

Apr. 15, 2024 10:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key plank in the British government’s plan to send some asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda is expected to become law this week, but opponents plan new legal challenges that could keep deportation flights grounded. A bill aimed at overcoming a U.K. Supreme...

Semiautomatic firearm ban passes Colorado's House, heads to Senate

Apr. 14, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled House on Sunday passed a bill that would ban the sale and transfer of semiautomatic firearms, a major step for the legislation after roughly the same bill was swiftly killed by Democrats last year. The bill, which passed on a 35-27...

Maine is latest state to approve interstate compact for social worker licenses

Apr. 14, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is set to become the latest state to join an interstate compact for social worker licensure. The proposal is designed to make it easier for social workers to practice in new states. Proponents say the process of seeking a separate license in each state...

Executor of O.J. Simpson's estate plans to fight payout to the families of Brown and Goldman

Apr. 13, 2024 13:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate says he will work to prevent a payout of a $33.5 million judgment awarded by a California civil jury nearly three decades ago in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron...

Maine governor signs bill restricting paramilitary training in response to neo-Nazi's plan

Apr. 12, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bill to restrict paramilitary training in Maine in response to a neo-Nazi who wanted to create a training center for a “blood tribe” was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday. The law, which the governor signed without public comment,...

Kentucky GOP lawmakers remove Democratic governor's role in filling US Senate vacancies

Apr. 12, 2024 19:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Friday removed the Democratic governor from any role filling future U.S. Senate vacancies — a move supporters said was unrelated to recent scrutiny about the health of the state's senior senator, Republican leader Mitch McConnell. ...