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UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Oregon sees push for strictest gun storage law in US

Sep. 18, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father's unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,000...

Oregon Governor: No special session on death-penalty law

Sep. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will not call a special session of the Legislature because of questions raised about whether a new law which narrows death penalty cases is retroactive. Brown said Wednesday that while it's clear there's a misunderstanding regarding the intent of the words...

Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...

Democrats block Pentagon bill amid border wall battle

Sep. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked debate on the almost $700 billion Pentagon budget and other spending bills amid a feud between the chamber's leaders over the rules of engagement for translating this summer's hard-won budget deal into binding legislation. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer...

California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers

Sep. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have national...

Mainers will likely have final vote on vaccine exemptions

Sep. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to undo state lawmakers' elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines will be decided by a statewide vote in March if petitions submitted Wednesday are validated by the state. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights delivered more than 77,000 signatures...

Cuomo signs bill extending statute of limitations for rape

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday to make it easier to prosecute some sex crimes by extending the statute of limitations for second- and third-degree rape. The Democratic governor was joined by actresses Mira Sorvino and Julianne Moore as well as activists from the...

NY lawmaker wants ban on plastic toiletry bottles in hotels

Sep. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There's a new push to ban those tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in hotel rooms across New York state as a way to reduce plastic waste. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced a legislative proposal Wednesday that would prohibit hotels from offering single-use...

Legislature fails to override most Sununu vetoes

Sep. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu got the last word Wednesday on gun control, voting rights and energy as lawmakers began trying to override his vetoes on more than 50 bills. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature, but they need Republican support to reach the two-thirds...