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Phones are distracting students in class. More states are pressing schools to ban them

Feb. 27, 2024 01:26 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In California, a high school teacher complains that students watch Netflix on their phones during class. In Maryland, a chemistry teacher says students use gambling apps to place bets during the school day. Around the country, educators say students routinely...

Macron booed by French farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support agriculture

Feb. 24, 2024 10:19 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with boos and whistles at the opening of the Paris Agricultural Fair on Saturday by angry farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support them. Macron was scheduled to visit the event, which draws crowds of visitors...

Senators urge Biden to end duty-free treatment for packages valued at less than $800

Feb. 23, 2024 17:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators looking to crack down on the number of packages from China that enter the country duty-free are calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action, saying U.S. manufacturers can’t compete with low-cost competitors they say rely on forced labor and state...

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

Feb. 23, 2024 15:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “illegitimate” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes...

Top EU official says decisions coming next week on the release of massive funds for Poland

Feb. 23, 2024 07:50 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The head of the European Union’s powerful Commission announced on Friday in Warsaw that decisions will be taken soon to release billions of euros to Poland, funds frozen by the bloc over the previous Polish government's anti-EU policies. Ursula von der Leyen...

What to know about New York and Arizona’s fight over extraditing suspect in grisly hotel killing

Feb. 22, 2024 18:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man wanted in the killing of a woman found bludgeoned to death with an iron in a Manhattan hotel was apprehended in Arizona this week. But in a legal twist, Arizona officials are balking at sending him to New York to answer to authorities. The top prosecutor in...

Thousands of farmers advance on Madrid for a major tractor protest over EU policies

Feb. 21, 2024 21:52 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Madrid on Wednesday as part of ongoing protests against European Union and local farming policies and to demand measures to alleviate production cost hikes. The protest, the biggest to take place in the Spanish...

Proposed Louisiana bill would eliminate parole opportunity for most convicted in the future

Feb. 21, 2024 21:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in Louisiana — a state that routinely has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country — are considering a bill that would eliminate the chance of parole for nearly all prisoners convicted after Aug. 1. The legislation is one piece of...

Iowa school district paying $20K to settle gender policy lawsuit

Feb. 21, 2024 12:04 PM EST

MARION, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school board has reached an agreement resolving a lawsuit over a now-rescinded district policy that allowed students to request a gender support plan to begin socially transitioning at school, without the permission of their parents. Linn-Mar Community...

UN top court shouldn't urge Israel to immediately withdraw from Palestinian-claimed lands, US says

Feb. 21, 2024 08:15 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States said Wednesday the United Nations' top court should not issue an advisory opinion that says Israel should “immediately and unconditionally withdraw” from territories sought for a Palestinian state. Acting State Department legal...