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Maine governor proposes historic education funding boost

May. 12, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Thanks to a forecast for healthy economic growth, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday proposed increasing the state's share of primary education costs to 55% — meeting a goal established in a voter referendum more than 15 years ago. The...

Japan ruling party renews charter change drive amid pandemic

May. 11, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's governing party is renewing its push for its long-cherished goal of revising the country's pacifist constitution, saying effective anti-coronavirus measures such as lockdowns aren't possible without an emergency clause in the charter providing enforcement and the...

Former lawmakers sue over Supreme Court election changes

May. 10, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed to challenge a legislative proposal to change the way Supreme Court justices would be elected in Montana. A Roman Catholic nun, a former court clerk and three former state lawmakers are among those challenging the...

Sturgeon: Scotland independence vote matter of when, not if

May. 09, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Sunday that a second Scottish independence referendum is “a matter of when, not if," after her party won its fourth straight parliamentary election. Johnson has invited the leaders of the...

French demonstrators demand more action on climate change

May. 09, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Sunday to call for more ambitious measures in the fight against climate change. The nationwide protests come after the lower house of parliament this week approved a climate...

Scottish government sets stage for another independence vote

May. 08, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish National Party won its fourth straight parliamentary election on Saturday and insisted it will push on with another referendum on Scotland's independence from the U.K. even though it failed by one seat to secure a majority. Final results of...

Lawsuit challenges Idaho's new ballot initiative process

May. 07, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two groups on Friday filed a lawsuit with the Idaho Supreme Court challenging the state's new law making it more difficult to get voter initiatives or referendums on ballots. A group that has had previous ballot initiative success and another...

UK's Johnson hails electoral win as focus turns to Scotland

May. 07, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party made further inroads in the north of England on Friday, winning a special election in the post-industrial town of Hartlepool for a parliamentary seat that the main opposition Labour Party had held since 1974. Managing...

Super Thursday: Britons vote in a bumper crop of elections

May. 06, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of British voters were casting ballots Thursday in local and regional elections, and the choices of Scottish voters in particular could have huge repercussions for the future of the United Kingdom. On what has been dubbed Super Thursday, around 50...

COVID-19 overshadows independence in key Scottish election

May. 05, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

EYEMOUTH, Scotland (AP) — James Cook was an enthusiastic supporter of Scottish independence, but now he’s not so sure. As Scotland holds an election Thursday that could be a stepping stone to the breakup of the United Kingdom, the seafood wholesaler has more urgent...