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This law is a lifeline for pregnant workers even as an abortion dispute complicates its enforcement

Jun. 18, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Cornejo Barrera thought the legal helpline for workers sounded too good to be true. A month earlier, Cornejo Barrera had been forced to take leave from her job as head custodian at a South Carolina high school after she turned in a doctor's note asking to...

Mexico’s incoming president says surveys show support for controversial judicial reforms

Jun. 17, 2024 21:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a move reminiscent of her political mentor, incoming Mexican President Claudia Sheinbaum on Monday displayed a series of surveys commissioned by her political party that she said show a wide majority approve of controversial judicial changes. Sheinbaum said...

A judge temporarily blocks Iowa law that allows authorities to charge people facing deportation

Jun. 17, 2024 19:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked an Iowa law that would have allowed law enforcement in the state to file criminal charges against people with outstanding deportation orders or who previously had been denied entry to the U.S. U.S. District Court...

Nashville court grapples with details on school shooter that were leaked to media

Jun. 17, 2024 19:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys fighting over the release of documents involving a 2023 Nashville elementary school shooting pleaded with a judge Monday to finally issue a ruling settling the matter, their request taking on a more desperate tone amid the recent publication of leaked records...

A federal judge temporarily blocks an Iowa law that allows authorities to criminally charge people facing deportation

Jun. 17, 2024 18:34 PM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge temporarily blocks an Iowa law that allows authorities to criminally charge people facing deportation.

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 17, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

Detroit News. June 12, 2024. Editorial: Restricting access to recounts threatens election integrity Democrats are attempting to limit the ability to challenge election results in what amounts to an overreaction to rejection of the 2020 balloting by some Donald Trump...

Kansas lawmaker's law license suspended over conflicts of interest in murder case

Jun. 16, 2024 16:40 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican Kansas lawmaker who already dropped his re-election campaign last month after he was arrested in a traffic stop has now been barred from practicing law for at least a year for mishandling conflicts of interest in a murder case. The Kansas Supreme...

A few midwives seek to uphold Native Hawaiian birth traditions. Would a state law jeopardize them?

Jun. 15, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Ki‘inaniokalani Kahoʻohanohano longed for a deeper connection to her Native Hawaiian ancestors and culture as she prepared to give birth to her first child at home on the north shore of Maui in 2003. But generations of colonialist suppression had eroded many...

Partisan gridlock prevents fixes to Pennsylvania’s voting laws as presidential election looms

Jun. 15, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is seeing lots of action targeting gaps in its vote-by-mail laws. The problem is that it’s in the courtroom and not the legislature. That could make the most populous presidential swing state a hotbed of challenges and conspiracy theories if...

NY governor's subway mask ban proposal sparks debate over right to anonymous protest

Jun. 14, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to ban masks on the New York subway is drawing backlash from civil liberties groups and disability advocates, reviving a long-standing debate about the right to anonymous protest that has only grown more complex since the pandemic. ...