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Critics: Critical bank law is softened under Trump proposal

Jan. 29, 2020 3:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Community Reinvestment Act has over past four decades spurred hundreds of billions of dollars in lending to low- and middle-income communities. But it's out of date and in need of an overhaul. Now, the Trump administration is proposing changes that some community advocates say will...

Lehigh University imposes new restrictions on Greek life

Jan. 28, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Lehigh University is imposing new restrictions on fraternities and sororities — amounting to a “pause" on their activities — following reports that earlier warnings about excessive alcohol use and other misconduct had gone unheeded by the groups at the eastern...

From left: Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, and Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia, answer questions at a press conference at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Martinsburg, W.Va. (Ron Agnir/The Journal via AP)

Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea

Jan. 28, 2020 6:03 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In what they acknowledged is a long-shot bid, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged unhappy Virginia counties Tuesday to secede and join a neighboring state where Democrats aren't in charge. Both Justice, a Republican in a state...

This undated photo provided by the Wilson Country Sheriff’s Office shows Spencer Alan Boston. Authorities in Tennessee say Boston lit a marijuana cigarette in court while expressing his views on marijuana legalization. News outlets report Boston, 20, was arrested Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession after sparking up in the courtroom. (Wilson Country Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Sheriff: Man stirs the pot by lighting joint in court

Jan. 28, 2020 4:20 PM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The rapper Afroman famously sang about how getting high on marijuana prevented him from going to court. A Tennessee man decided to combine the two when he lit a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom, authorities said. Spencer Alan Boston, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with...

In a photo from Jan. 17, 2020, the Michigan Hall of Justice is seen in Lansing, Mich. The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down key changes to the state's ballot drive law on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. The ruling was the second in fourth months to negate much of the law that was enacted by Republican-led Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Snyder in a contentious lame-duck session in 2018. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

Jan. 28, 2020 3:48 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state's ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower judge. It struck...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017 file photo, demonstrators carrying signs chant as they protest outside of the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump's travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is scheduled to hear arguments in three lawsuits filed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose relatives have been unable to enter the U.S. because of the ban. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Court hears request to proceed with Trump travel ban cases

Jan. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appeared skeptical Tuesday as civil rights groups sought to allow legal challenges to President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries to move forward despite a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban. The ban, put in place...

EU slaps sanctions on 7 over elections in east Ukraine

Jan. 28, 2020 9:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday slapped sanctions on seven people accused of undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty for their role in organizing Russian local elections in the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014. The seven, who will see their assets frozen and face travel bans in...

In this March 27, 2017, file photo, tourists from China take pictures at the New England Aquarium in Boston. With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others opting to avoid travel as the new coronavirus spreads, tourism around the global is taking a heavy hit during one of the biggest travel seasons, the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions

Jan. 28, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads. Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators were among the industries...

FILE - This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

What to know for year two of the Trump tax plan

Jan. 28, 2020 3:34 AM EST

It’s that time again. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday. Last year’s filing season was an adjustment for taxpayers and industry professionals alike as it was the first under a massive overhaul of federal tax law. While this year’s season is...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press event at U.N. headquarters. Ardern said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 that New Zealand's general election will be held on Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Zealand's Ardern seeking reelection in Sept. 19 vote

Jan. 27, 2020 11:09 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be lauded around the world as a liberal icon but whether she can translate that into a reelection victory in September remains uncertain. Ardern on Tuesday announced the general elections would be held on Sept. 19. She is seeking a second...