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Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

Deal sealed on federal budget, ensuring no shutdown, default

Jul. 23, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders announced Monday a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first-ever federal default....

Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

Jul. 22, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state. The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a...

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

Jul. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them out from severe budget cuts inflicted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Meeting in an emergency session, regents voted 10-1 to allow administrators to expedite...

Democrats seek hearings over firing of Iowa agency head

Jul. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called Monday for government oversight hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds' refusal to discuss her reasons for asking the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services to resign. Senate and House Government Oversight Committee Democrats are...

Tofurky: Arkansas meat-labeling law unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tofurky Co., which produces plant-based alternatives to meat, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of "meat" in the labeling of its products violates free speech rights. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Oregon-based company...

Looking to declaw your cat? Don't look in New York anymore

Jul. 22, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the New...

Correction: Mental Health Day story

Jul. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — In a story July 21 about a new law that will allow Oregon students to take "mental health days," The Associated Press misspelled the first name of one of the bill's advocates. She is Hailey Hardcastle, not Haily. The story also gave the wrong title for Debbie Plotnik. She is the vice...

Ukrainian leader's party on track to win parliament majority

Jul. 22, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The party of Ukraine's president was on track Monday to win an absolute majority in parliament, a first in the country's modern history that would hand President Volodymyr Zelenskiy a clear mandate for change. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian and political novice who was elected in April,...

Kamala Harris proposes bill to invest in safe drinking water

Jul. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing legislation designed to ensure all Americans, particularly those in at-risk communities, have access to safe, affordable drinking water, the latest response to burgeoning water crises across the country. The California Democrat and presidential...