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Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Jun. 26, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups. Lawyers the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights organizations...

Divide between rural, urban Oregon is fueling climate fight

Jun. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican senators are entering the...

Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

Jun. 26, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress and campaign trail, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal...

Tesla provision helps get Wisconsin legislator behind budget

Jun. 26, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans won a key legislator's support for the state budget Wednesday after inserting provisions that allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, an enthusiast of the high-end electric cars. Sen....

Supreme Court strikes down Tennessee liquor sales law

Jun. 26, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Tennessee law that makes it hard for outsiders to break into the state's liquor sales market. The court voted 7-2 in ruling that a state requirement that someone live in Tennessee for two years to be eligible for a license to sell liquor...

Maine regulators to investigate utility bills

Jun. 26, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators plan to review customer utility accounts after thousands received excessively high electric bills. The Office of the Public Advocate asked regulators on Monday to investigate Central Maine Power accounts after customers reported receiving bills 50% or more higher...

Tech giants face questions on hate speech going into debates

Jun. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced questioning by a House panel Wednesday on their efforts to stanch terrorist content and viral misinformation on their social media platforms. The scrutiny comes as the tech giants step up safety measures to prevent disinformation online...

Brazil Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun laws

Jun. 26, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has issued new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws after his earlier effort was rejected by the Senate. The action published late Tuesday cancels a May decree that eased requirements for individuals to purchase and carry firearms in public. ...

Documents show NSA again improperly collected call records

Jun. 26, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused a similar collection of data that violated federal law. Internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union...

House panel votes out bill ending concealed carry licensing

Jun. 26, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee has approved proposed legislation to give Ohioans the legal right to carry concealed firearms without obtaining training or a license. The House Federalism Committee sent the bill to the Republican dominated House on a 7-4 vote Wednesday. Three Democrats and...