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The EU flag hangs from Europa House in London, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain is set to start in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

Sep. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of creating a post-Brexit trade deal. But the atmosphere was soured by U.K. lawmakers voting to let their government wriggle out of commitments...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana COVID-19 special session opens with power debate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Only three months removed from their last gathering, Louisiana legislators returned Monday for a special session focused on the coronavirus outbreak, with deepening rifts between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers over the appropriate response to the pandemic. The...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine acknowledges members of the media while entering his residence, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio. Ohio Rep. John Becker took his frustration with Ohio's coronavirus public health orders to a new level Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 by filing criminal charges against DeWine. A reviewing prosecutor dismissed the charges almost immediately, and a DeWine spokesman called the move

Lawmaker demands charges against governor over virus orders

Sep. 29, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A conservative lawmaker took his frustration over Ohio’s coronavirus public health orders to a new level Monday by demanding that criminal charges be filed against fellow Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. Rep. John Becker, a Republican from Cincinnati, says DeWine has exceeded his...

Black leaders: Lawmakers must OK police accountability bill

Sep. 27, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 50 Black leaders and organizations from across Massachusetts are pressing state lawmakers to act on a stalled police accountability bill. The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved separate versions of the bill. A conference committee has been working to hammer out a final...

Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, left, speaks with Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, on the House floor as the Louisiana Legislature reached the final hours of its legislative session, on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Another special session: Louisiana lawmakers return Monday

Sep. 26, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers say the focus for their special session starting Monday centers on the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Laura recovery, but the session agenda is so broadly written that dozens, if not hundreds of bills, on a long list of topics could be filed. Seventy items...

Earlier absentee ballot processing on special session agenda

Sep. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday officially called Connecticut lawmakers back to the state Capitol for a special session next week to consider bills that could lead to changes in how public utilities are regulated and allow local election officials to start processing absentee ballots a little earlier. The General...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lamont must attend to New London wind project before it falls apart The Day Sept. 23 This might happen elsewhere, we suppose, but it is hard to imagine another scenario in which a city looking at the $157...

Michigan Legislature eases processing of absentee ballots

Sep. 25, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state's presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than normal. Election officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m....

Argentine lawmaker suspended for conduct in virtual session

Sep. 24, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine lawmaker was suspended Thursday for inappropriate conduct with a woman during a virtual session of congress, when he appeared on camera touching his wife as she sat on his lap. During the broadcast of the virtual session of Argentina's Lower House, the images of...

FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2020 file photo, House lawmakers, from left, Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, Rep. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, and Rep. Michael O'Brien, D-Warren, testify before the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight in Columbus, Ohio. Greenspan was identified Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 to be the lawmaker who spoke with FBI agents about the passage of the legislation now tainted by a $60 million federal bribery probe. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Texts show Ex-House speaker pushed lawmaker to pass bailout

Sep. 24, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker leading the charge to repeal a nuclear bailout bill was unsuccessfully pressured by the former House speaker to vote in favor of its passage, newly released records show. In late May 2019, former House Speaker Larry Householder texted his fellow GOP colleague Rep....