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Ex-Hawaii senator sentenced to 40 months for taking bribes

Jul. 05, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Hawaii state senator was sentenced to 40 months in prison Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for shaping legislation while in office. Former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English, 55, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in February,...

Feds sue over new Arizona citizenship proof law for voting

Jul. 05, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Arizona over a new law requiring people who use a federal form to register to vote to provide additional proof of citizenship if they want to vote for president or using the state's popular vote-by-mail system. The law...

Mexico leader to end daylight saving, keep "God's clock"

Jul. 05, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president submitted a bill Tuesday to end daylight saving time, putting an end to the practice of changing clocks twice a year. Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer said Mexico should return to “God’s clock,” or standard time, arguing that setting...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Louisiana asks court to allow abortion ban enforcement

Jul. 05, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has been asked to allow enforcement of Louisiana's ban on most abortions, Attorney General Jeff Landry's office said Tuesday. A north Louisiana abortion clinic and other abortion rights advocates are arguing against Landry's request. ...

'Something different': California GOP's bid for governor

Jul. 05, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brian Dahle, the Republican Party’s longshot hope to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, knows that to win in his progressive home state he can’t allow Democrats to label him as an election denying, abortion-hating, gun-loving, bombastic right-winger. ...

Murphy signs 7 new bills aimed at tightening NJ gun laws

Jul. 05, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

METUCHEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed seven new bills into law aimed at curtailing gun violence, including legislation to allow the state attorney general to pursue lawsuits against the firearm industry. Murphy, a second-term Democrat who's already...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jul. 05, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 29, 2022. Editorial: A Missouri vote on abortion? Conservatives are terrified of what the voters would say In May, weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court discarded the law to return abortion policy to the states, Missouri lawmakers talked about...

Companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs

Jul. 05, 2022 03:05 AM EDT

After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that's been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. ...

Hong Kong's John Lee stresses balance in easing quarantine

Jul. 05, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee said Tuesday at his first news conference since taking office that he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. Hong Kong and mainland...