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Workers erect scaffolding at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. A new phase of building repairs has started to replace mortar on the walls of the House and Senate chambers. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: New repair work, more needed at Louisiana Capitol

Jan. 24, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Capitol cost $5 million to complete nearly 90 years ago, but its ongoing repair needs total tens of millions of dollars today, little of which has been earmarked for the upkeep project to ensure the historic Art Deco building can remain the seat of government for...

Despite restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, thousands crowd Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Mexico, Russia leaders to discuss vaccine supply

Jan. 24, 2021 3:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about...

Israel's struggling Labor party chooses new leader

Jan. 24, 2021 3:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Labor Party on Sunday chose Merav Michaeli, a veteran lawmaker and former journalist, as its new leader ahead of March elections. Michaeli, 54, faces a difficult task as she tries to revive the fortunes of the iconic party. Labor guided Israel to independence in 1948 and led the...

ACLU sues Portsmouth over resident's critical signs

Jan. 24, 2021 2:47 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has sued Portsmouth on behalf of a resident who's been ordered to take down signs on his property that are critical of the town. Resident Michael DiPaola has been feuding with the town for years over building code enforcement and...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Jan. 24, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law went into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the...

FILE - A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah is one of several more states weighing proposals this year that would allow people to carry concealed guns without having to get a permit, a trend supporters say bolsters Second Amendment rights but is alarming to gun-control advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

Jan. 24, 2021 11:21 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and...

Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina listen during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Jan. 14, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The heartbeat abortion bill has stalled in recent years, but appears to have a good chance of passing in 2021.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC House has Santee Cooper; Senate has abortion on calendars

Jan. 24, 2021 11:02 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Both the South Carolina House and Senate have long awaited and likely contentious bills on their calendars this week. The Senate could debate a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state, while on the House calendar is a bill to let a special committee of lawmakers seek...

Relatives say they can't sue nursing home where mother died

Jan. 24, 2021 10:51 AM EST

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A suburban Atlanta nursing home where 22 people died from COVID-19 has been faulted by state inspectors for failing to control infections, but relatives of people who died say they can't sue because Georgia lawmakers last year blocked lawsuits unless plaintiffs can prove the...

Small Colorado liquor stores feeling pinch of alcohol laws

Jan. 24, 2021 10:10 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Days into the new year, the owner of Morgans Liquor in Denver sat down with his financial books. The pandemic gave him a small boost in 2020 sales, but a troubling slide continued: His customer count continued to decline. “My dollars were up, the rings (on the register) were bigger,...

California to impose statewide rules for winery wastewater

Jan. 23, 2021 5:45 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — California will impose statewide guidelines for how wineries dispose of wastewater, ditching a long-held regional approach, according to a newspaper report Saturday. The new order was finalized this week by the State Water Resources Control Board, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat...