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Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...

Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

May. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to amend some of its health code regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses begin to reopen across Arizona. The original regulations included occupancy limitations, protective-equipment requirements,...

Spectrum sues Maine over prorated refunds when service ends

May. 24, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

Cable TV provider Spectrum is suing over a state law that goes into effect next month, requiring it to return a portion of a customer's month bill when service is discontinued. Spectrum Northeast and its parent, Charter Communications, contend its regional billing system is set up differently and that the new law...

California to decide if labor law applies to app drivers

May. 22, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A ballot initiative backed by business giants Uber, Lyft and DoorDash is now set to go before California voters in November, a multimillion-dollar shot aimed at excluding the companies from a law that would make them give more benefits and wage protections to their drivers....

Members of the Democratic Party hold banner and placards during a protest in front of the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, Friday, May 22, 2020. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have sharply criticized China's move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory. They say it goes against the

Hong Kong opposition slams China national security law move

May. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China’s move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework under which Beijing promised the...

SC gov signs bill banning shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 22, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill banning jails and prisons from using leg, waist and ankle restraints on pregnant women and women in labor, news outlets reported. “People go to prison as punishment, not for punishment.” McMaster said during the signing...

Kansas state senators and a staffer confer during talks with House members over the final contents of a bill that would limit Gov. Laura Kelly's power to direct the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are, left to right, Sen. Vic Miller, D-Topeka; Sen. Rick Wilborn, R-McPherson; Sen. Eric Rucker, R-Topeka, and Darren Beckham, executive assistant to Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers push limits on governor as AG doubts orders

May. 22, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans lawmakers in Kansas hashed out a plan Thursday night for limiting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power to direct the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic after the state's GOP attorney general suggested Kelly's been on “legally suspect” ground for three...

Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, attends the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

Key points about China's legislative session

May. 21, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of delegates from across China are in Beijing for this year’s annual session of the country’s rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body, meetings delayed by more than two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. The National People’s Congress session...

Delegates wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

China may pass bill to crack down on Hong Kong opposition

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature will take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, a move that could limit opposition activity in the semi-autonomous territory and signals the central government's determination to take greater control after months of pro-democracy...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam walks by a laptop projector as he leaves the room following the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 18, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Lawsuit says absentee voting not needed for coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of voters is suing Virginia election officials over a loosening of restrictions on absentee ballots for next month’s statewide primary, arguing that the state can’t allow voters to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to vote by mail. State elections...