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Chamber sues over pandemic emergency wage in Portland, Maine

Dec. 1, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is suing over an emergency wage increase that’s part of a minimum wage referendum approved by voters in the Maine city last month. The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks both relief and clarity over when the emergency wage provision trigged...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event in Brussels. Scotland’s pro-independence leader said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 that she hopes to hold a referendum on independence from Britain as early as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance a secession vote. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

Scottish leader says she could seek 2021 independence vote

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she hopes to hold an independence referendum as soon as next year, setting up a political showdown with a U.K. government that refuses to countenance another secession vote. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would campaign in the May 2021...

Plan to boost big Swiss firms' liability fails in referendum

Nov. 29, 2020 1:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A proposal that could have stiffened penalties against companies based in Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad failed in a Swiss referendum on Sunday. The initiative titled “Responsible companies — to protect people and the environment”...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Frank Bongiorno sorts Absentee Ballots at the Albany County Board of Elections building in Albany, N.Y. New York may permanently expand voting by mail, something it tried on a wide scale for the first time in 2020, while also trying to reform its molasses-slow and opaque process for counting absentee ballots. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

New York state may speed up, permanently expand vote-by-mail

Nov. 25, 2020 7:06 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York may permanently expand voting by mail — something it tried on a wide scale for the first time this year — while also trying to reform its molasses-slow and opaque process for counting absentee ballots. A proposed constitutional amendment would do away with the...

Virginia's Franklin County won't move its Confederate statue

Nov. 18, 2020 10:25 AM EST

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — Officials in southwestern Virginia's Franklin County have voted to keep a Confederate monument in place outside the courthouse. The Roanoke Times reports that the county supervisors took the vote on Tuesday. The statue of the Confederate soldier stands outside the Franklin County...

FILE - In this Monday. July 29, 2019 file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, right, sits with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Bute House, ahead of their meeting, in Edinburgh, Scotland.   Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a “disaster.” British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in which he also said Scottish devolution had been former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “biggest mistake.” (Duncan McGlynn/Poo Photo via AP, File )

UK's Johnson allegedly brands powers for Scotland a disaster

Nov. 17, 2020 6:46 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inflamed Scottish discontent with his Conservative government by reportedly saying that giving governing powers to Scotland had been a “disaster.” British media reported that Johnson made the remarks during a video meeting with...

Former prime minister Maia Sandu prepares to cast her vote in the country's presidential election runoff in Chisinau, Moldova, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Moldovans returned to the polls Sunday for the second round of voting in the country's presidential election, facing a choice between the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent Igor Dodon, and his popular pro-Western challenger, former prime minister Maia Sandu. (AP Photo/Roveliu Buga)

Pro-Western candidate wins Moldovan presidential election

Nov. 16, 2020 6:39 AM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Maia Sandu, a former World Bank economist who favors closer ties with the European Union, has won Moldova's presidential runoff vote, decisively defeating the staunchly pro-Russian incumbent, according to preliminary results released Monday. Sandu captured over 57% of the vote,...

Portland looks to remove gender from city charter

Nov. 11, 2020 3:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Words including she, he, herself and himself may be purged from Portland’s founding document. The City Council will likely vote Thursday to remove all feminine and masculine terms from the city charter, substituting gender neutral wording, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. ...

Customers line up to make sports bets at Freehold Raceway in Freehold, N.J. on Oct. 24, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to allow sports betting on all major collegiate games, removing a big restriction in a wagering market that is smashing national sports betting records. A bill calling for a public referendum in 2021 was amended Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 to significantly expand collegiate sports betting in the state. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ vote would allow sports betting on all college games

Nov. 9, 2020 4:21 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.,J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to allow sports betting on all major collegiate games, removing a big restriction in a wagering market that is smashing national sports betting records. A bill calling for a public referendum in 2021 was amended Monday to...

Voters narrowly approve keeping Confederate statue in place

Nov. 8, 2020 12:11 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Voters have narrowly decided in favor of keeping a Confederate monument outside the Forrest County courthouse in southern Mississippi in place. A referendum on the monument was placed on the Nov. 3 ballot after the Forrest County Board of Supervisors couldn’t agree on what...