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Thousands march in Hungary Pride parade to oppose LGBT law

Jul. 24, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade. March organizers expected record crowds at the...

New law designed to protect Maine teachers from bullying

Jul. 24, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine teachers will be protected by a new law designed to prevent workplace bullying of educators. The proposal requires school districts to have internal policies that address and stop bullying and harassment of educators and school staff members....

Some property owners plan to fight proposed Va. gas pipeline

Jul. 24, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some people in central Virginia are preparing to fight a plan to put a natural gas pipeline through their properties that would serve a yet-to-be-built power plant in Charles City County. While Charles City County has approved the plant, property...

Judge hears arguments in Alaska budget dispute lawsuit

Jul. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge said he planned to issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Alaska's attorney general that raised questions about when the state budget takes effect. Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. announced his plans after hearing...

Poland a step closer to adopting controversial property law

Jul. 23, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate on Friday approved with some amendments much-disputed changes to property restitution rules, moving them a step closer to adoption. The draft regulations have drawn strong criticism from Israel and from Jewish organizations who say...

Maine to allow online voter registration in November 2023

Jul. 23, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents soon will be able to register to vote via a secure online portal. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed a proposal passed by the Maine Legislature that proponents said will expand voting access. Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce...

Governor says his position on voter ID hasn't changed

Jul. 22, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LOGANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — With talks on wider election-related legislation at a standstill, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that his position on expanding Pennsylvania's voter identification requirements has not changed, and that he is against anything that would “suppress the vote.” ...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...

NJ requires lead pipe inventory, replacement over 10 years

Jul. 22, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of public water systems in New Jersey must take inventory of their lead pipes and replace them over the next decade under a new law Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Thursday. The law makes New Jersey the latest state, along with...

Brazen shoplifting spurs California law for organized thefts

Jul. 21, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — With violent smash-and-grab shoplifting costing California businesses millions of dollars annually, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Wednesday aimed at curbing organized retail theft. The law reestablishes the crime of organized retail theft,...