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Georgia's president vetoes media legislation that has provoked weeks of protests

May. 18, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia’s president on Saturday vetoed the so-called “Russian law” targeting media that has sparked weeks of mass protests. The legislation would require media and non-governmental organizations to register as “pursuing the interests of a foreign...

Noncitizen voting, already illegal in federal elections, becomes a centerpiece of 2024 GOP messaging

May. 18, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One political party is holding urgent news conferences and congressional hearings over the topic. The other says it’s a dangerous distraction meant to seed doubts before this year's presidential election. In recent months, the specter of immigrants voting...

Youngkin vetoes bills on skill games, contraception and Confederate heritage tax breaks

May. 17, 2024 22:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin took action on a final batch of bills from the year's regular legislative session Friday, signing seven but vetoing 48, including closely watched measures that would have ended a tax break for a Confederate heritage organization and allowed...

Democratic South Carolina House member has law license suspended after forgery complaint

May. 17, 2024 15:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A legislator in South Carolina has had his law license suspended after a former client accused him of forging his signature to reach a settlement in a lawsuit without his permission. Democratic Rep. Marvin Pendarvis cannot practice law until the state...

Judge says South Carolina can enforce 6-week abortion ban amid dispute over when a heartbeat begins

May. 17, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that South Carolina can continue to enforce a ban on nearly all abortions around six weeks after conception as an appeal continues on what exactly defines a heartbeat under the law. Planned Parenthood had asked the law be set aside as...

Japan passes a revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for the first time

May. 17, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Friday passed a revision to the country’s civil code that will allow divorced parents the option of joint child custody, a change that brings the nation in line with many other countries. The revision, the first to custody rights in nearly 80...

Repeal of a dead law to use public funds for private school tuition won't be on Nebraska's ballot

May. 16, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A measure to repeal a now-defunct law passed last year that would use public money to fund private school tuition has been pulled from Nebraska’s November ballot, the secretary of state announced Thursday. Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen said he's pulling...

Disability rights advocate says state senator with violent history shoved him at New York Capitol

May. 16, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A disability rights advocate made a complaint to New York State Police saying he was shoved twice in the state capitol building by state Sen. Kevin Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat with a history of violent behavior. Michael Carey said his confrontation with Parker...

Georgia's leader says a divisive media bill passed by lawmakers is unacceptable and she'll veto it

May. 16, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A controversial media bill passed this week by Georgia's parliament is “unacceptable” and will be vetoed, President Salome Zourabichvili said Thursday, reaffirming her opposition to a measure that critics describe as a threat to free speech. In an...

Over 80,000 Illinois people banned from owning guns still keep them, report shows

May. 16, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In Illinois, 114,000 people are banned from owning guns because of legal tangles or mental health issues — three-quarters of them haven't surrendered their firearms, according to data the Cook County sheriff will present Thursday. Sheriff Tom Dart is...