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Mississippi grand jury clears deputy in fatal shooting

Jun. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury says it found “no criminal conduct” by a deputy sheriff who shot and killed a man outside a courthouse. The Sun Herald reported the Harrison County grand jury reached a decision Monday and issued a brief statement that...

New Missouri law limits length of public health restrictions

Jun. 15, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson enacted a new law Tuesday limiting the duration of local public health restrictions and barring governments from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to use public facilities and transportation. The law took...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 15, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Many are in a needless panic about critical race theory. Legislators must instead stand up for common sense. Moral panics don’t produce good policy. Neither does banning things. ...

Council OKs bill requiring delivery app/restaurant deals

Jun. 15, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a law that will require meal-delivery apps to sign agreements with restaurants instead of listing restaurants on the apps and taking orders without permission. Council President M. Lorena González, who sponsored the...

Geneva regains diplomatic spotlight with Putin-Biden summit

Jun. 15, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A year ago, Geneva was largely down on its diplomatic luck: The Trump administration had an “America First” policy that shunned the internationalism the Swiss city epitomizes, and blasted some of its top institutions like the World Health Organization, the Human Rights...

Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying

Jun. 15, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost internet security to penetrate the computers of critical U.S. entities. The hack of Pulse...

Hundreds protest Manchin's opposition to voting law overhaul

Jun. 14, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators outraged with Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election law marched through West Virginia's capital city on Monday evening. Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign,...

Election delays in 3 dozen NC cities gets final lawmaker OK

Jun. 14, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 30 North Carolina towns and cities — Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville among them — would have their local elections moved from the fall to early next year because of delays in census data in legislation given final General Assembly approval on Monday...

Bill expanding access to NC gov't worker info clears Senate

Jun. 14, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Short explanations of why a North Carolina state or local government employee was transferred, demoted or suspended would be accessible by the public or media in legislation approved by the Senate on Monday night. The measure, backed by the North...

Motion filed to join lawsuit over Kansas City police funding

Jun. 14, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City filed a motion Monday that she said was intended to represent taxpayers in a lawsuit over proposals to change how part of the city's police department budget is spent. Gwen Grant said in a...