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Georgia's ruling party announces electoral changes

Jun. 24, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The leader of Georgia's ruling party says the ex-Soviet nation will hold the next parliamentary election based entirely on a proportionate system, fulfilling a key demand of anti-government protesters. Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the Georgian Dream party, made the statement...

Maine set to collect data on petition signatures under bill

Jun. 24, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's set to collect data on how ballot campaign groups pay for petition signatures under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Mills' office says she signed the bill June 21. The Republican-sponsored legislation requires groups to provide the state a list of individuals...

Final budget talks expected to address coal reclamation cuts

Jun. 24, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate decision to cut funding Republican Gov. Mike DeWine budgeted for reclaiming abandoned coal mining sites is expected to arise during budget compromise talks this week. The Senate version of Ohio's two-year state budget trimmed the $4 million DeWine proposed for coal mine...

West Virginia Senate to meet on bill OK'ing charter schools

Jun. 24, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate is set to take up a sweeping education bill that would allow the state's first charter schools. The Republican-controlled chamber is scheduled to reconvene Monday at 5 p.m. as part of the special legislative session. The wide-ranging GOP proposal would...

Protesters block Hong Kong building access, plan new action

Jun. 24, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters fearing an erosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy blocked access to a government office building for nearly two hours Monday and plan more demonstrations to draw the attention of leaders attending the G-20 summit this week. About 100 demonstrators jammed the entryway and lobby of...

Sanders, progressives unveil bill to cancel student debt

Jun. 24, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives are unveiling legislation cancelling all student debt, going further than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the two jockey for support from the party's liberal base. By...

AP FACT CHECK: Obama is a silent partner in Trump's boasts

Jun. 24, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for example, Trump can brag about U.S. energy supremacy thanks...

Q&A: Census citizenship question sparks legal debate, fears

Jun. 24, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a request from the Census Bureau to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status. The plan has set off litigation and debate and raised some important questions. Among them: _____ Q: What is the proposed question? A: The Census Bureau would ask for...

France may let lesbian couples use in-vitro fertilization

Jun. 23, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French government is drafting legislation to give single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization and related procedures in France instead of having to seek it abroad. French law currently restricts assisted reproduction to infertile heterosexual couples. French newspaper...

Georgia: Protests held by parliament for 4th straight day

Jun. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of protesters convened for a fourth straight day outside the Georgian parliament building, calling Sunday for the resignation of the interior minister and for changes in the election code. The anti-government protests that started Thursday also focus on Russian control of...