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Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. As lawmakers debated in a special session in Parliament that was called to address political tensions, student-led rallies were set to continue with a march through central Bangkok on Monday evening to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

Oct. 26, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand expanded their protests internationally on Monday, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The...

In-person early voting begins Monday in Maryland

Oct. 23, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland voters can begin to vote in person next week at dozens of sites statewide. Early voting centers open Monday morning and will operate daily until Nov. 2. Maryland has allowed early in-person voting since 2010, but it wasn’t offered during the June primary due to the...

Sri Lankan trade union and civil society activists hold placards outside the parliament as they protest against a proposed constitution amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka Parliament votes to strengthen presidential power

Oct. 22, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament by a large majority has approved a constitutional amendment concentrating powers under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and reversing reforms a previous government had made to curb authoritarianism. After the August elections gave him the parliamentary votes to...

Groups pushing pot legalization report cash advantage

Oct. 22, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The groups pushing for South Dakota voters to legalize marijuana have a large cash advantage over opponents of the proposal as the campaigns enter their final days. The Argus Leader reported that two of committees pushing for recreational and medical marijuana ballot measures have...

FILE- In this June 3, 2016 photo, New Jersey state Sen. Paul Sarlo speaks at a news conference in Rutherford, N.J. The New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution in 2021 permit it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

NJ eyes betting on college playoff games here and elsewhere

Oct. 21, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to allow betting on college playoff or championship games, and hopes to ask voters to amend the state Constitution next year to permit it. If voters approve a referendum that could be on the November 2021 ballot, it would remove a significant part of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Races for president, Senate top Kentucky ballot

Oct. 21, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring re-election bids by President Donald Trump and his top ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional...

Long lines as Missouri medical marijuana dispensaries open

Oct. 21, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's first licensed marijuana dispensaries opened this weekend in the St. Louis area with long lines. The two dispensaries run by N'Bliss opened Saturday in Ellisville and Manchester. Another dispensary is expected to open Monday in the Kansas City area nearly two years after...

New Mexico high court OKs rule changes on pretrial detention

Oct. 20, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has approved rule changes that court officials say will enhance public safety by helping prosecutors assess whether certain felony defendants are dangerous and should be kept in jail while awaiting trial. The justices approved the changes last week, the...

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai Cabinet approves Parliament session to debate protests

Oct. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. The...

Recent Missouri editorials

Oct. 20, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Oct. 18 Our Opinion: Less talk, more action on domestic violence The Show-Me State has many things we can take pride in. But one of our state’s blemishes, and something we don’t talk about enough, is our domestic violence problem. All states have their own problems...