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Hong Kong protests expand to oppose China, with no end near

Jul. 16, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Colin Wong has come to know the sting of pepper spray well. After more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong's sweltering heat, memories of the burning sensation are a constant reminder of what protesters call an excessive use of force by police. Each time he felt the now-familiar...

The Latest: Immigrant advocates sue over new asylum rule

Jul. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's effort to end asylum protections for many migrants (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Immigrant advocates are suing the Trump administration over its move to end asylum protections for most migrants who cross the southern U.S. border. The American Civil...

Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

State officials update Idaho's 50-year-old mining laws

Jul. 16, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday approved a rewrite of Idaho's 50-year-old mining law, but they still have work to do. Republican Gov. Brad Little and other members of the Idaho Land Board voted to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

Murphy signs bill aimed at making smart guns available

Jul. 16, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed into law a measure to make so-called smart guns available in the state, reversing his predecessor's vetoes of similar legislation. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill at Governor Livingston High School alongside Attorney General Gurbir...

State-employed registered nurses sue for unpaid overtime

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds claim hundreds of state-employed nurses have not been paid overtime for two years. The lawsuit filed in state court on June 28 seeks a court order to force the...

Activists: Duterte in crosshairs with new law on harassment

Jul. 16, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine activists on Tuesday welcomed a new law signed by the president that prohibits a range of acts of sexual harassment, but said it puts him in its crosshairs given his history of crude sexual remarks. Philippine officials on Monday belatedly released a copy of Republic...

Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...