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Senate passes bill to support human rights in Hong Kong

Nov. 19, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday easily approved a bill to support human rights in Hong Kong following months of often-violent unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by voice vote. It now goes to the House, which has already passed similar...

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

Bill to decriminalize sex work in nation’s capital dies

Nov. 18, 2019 6:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would decriminalize sex work in the nation’s capital won’t move forward this year. The Washington Post reports the bill’s death comes after an emotional hearing that lasted 14 hours. Thousands of emails about the bill revealed a deep divide between...

Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise

Nov. 15, 2019 8:39 PM EST

It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S. House and Senate leaders said Friday they’ve reached an agreement in principle on merging their two versions of bills against robocalls. The House bill had...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

The Latest: Some exchange students urged to leave Hong Kong

Nov. 13, 2019 12:19 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7 p.m. Several Nordic students at Hong Kong Baptist University are being moved because anti-government demonstrators are on the school grounds. Student Elina Neverdal Hjoennevaag told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Wednesday that they...

New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

Nov. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey,...

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers charged, student mourned

Nov. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters vented...