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Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

House panel scheduled to vote on expanding concealed carry

Jun. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee has scheduled a vote on legislation allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons without having to receive training, undergo a background check or obtain a license. The House Federalism Committee meets Wednesday on the bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Hood of...

New York set to adopt aggressive emission reduction goals

Jun. 19, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive emission reduction goals under a proposal worked out by state leaders and endorsed by the state Senate Tuesday night. Under the legislation, New York would generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce...

The Latest: NY set to adopt landmark emission reduction goal

Jun. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Legislature (all times local): 12:40 a.m. New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive emission reduction goals under legislation endorsed by the state Senate. Under the proposal, New York would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and...

Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Jun. 19, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state...

Pot, guns, sports betting on agenda for lawmakers' last day

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are set to finish up their 2019 legislative session and tidy up work on marijuana sales, gun control and online sports betting bills. The Legislature's last scheduled day is Wednesday. Lawmakers say they hope to finish their remaining work Wednesday, even if that means...

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Jun. 18, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits...

House votes to block military transgender ban

Jun. 18, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday night to block President Donald Trump's move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. The House passed, by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces an...

Nessel: Civil rights panel not bound by ex-AG's LGBT opinion

Jun. 18, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is not bound by a 2018 state opinion that says LGBT people have no protection under an anti-discrimination law, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office said Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's pending consideration of whether sex-based...

Amendments end California governor's unease on vaccine bill

Jun. 18, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amendments to an emotionally fraught bill designed to crack down on fraudulent vaccine exemptions change the legislation's focus just two days before a key Assembly committee hearing. The bill's author, Sen. Richard Pan, negotiated the amendments after Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed...