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Austria's ban on weedkiller glyphosate hits roadblock

Dec. 9, 2019 8:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An Austrian ban on the weedkiller glyphosate, a substance that has long been disputed in Europe and beyond, can't take effect on Jan. 1 as supporters hoped, the government said Monday. The country's lawmakers voted in July to ban the herbicide, best known as an ingredient in Roundup. But...

China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'

Dec. 9, 2019 2:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all ”graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily...

Analysis: New leaders set course for Mississippi Legislature

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees. Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has enough support among current and...

Senate passes Merrill's Marauders congressional medal

Dec. 8, 2019 3:10 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to an Army unit known as Merrill's Marauders that fought Japanese forces in Burma during World War II. The name given to the 5307th Composite Unit refers to its leader Brigadier General Frank Merrill. Merrill...

Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this week. The development would be a landmark in a state with many gambling options already. Those include three commercial...

Cities challenging new state law on guns

Dec. 8, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Ohio cities challenging a new state law that they say infringes on their ability to regulate firearms are ready for their day in court. The cities are asking for an injunction to delay part of the law from taking effect until the court rules whether it's constitutional. The provision the cities are challenging...

Lawmakers, health leaders take on maternal mortality

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When just a teenager, Safira Z Yasin said she "died on the table" during the birth of her first child in 1993. After being resuscitated, she woke up with a tube down her throat and her baby missing. Yasin was kept from her baby for seven days. "My doctor told me I was ready to have my baby...

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Dec. 7, 2019 11:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city's buildings every year. New York will be the largest city in the nation to...

Changes sought to Mississippi law on college trustees

Dec. 7, 2019 2:29 PM EST

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A college president and supervisors in a northeast Mississippi county want changes to a law that revised how trustees are appointed for community colleges. The Daily Corinthian reports that Alcorn County supervisors are unhappy with a law passed by the 2019 Legislature that...

New Mexico announces emergency rules for boarding homes

Dec. 7, 2019 2:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has enacted emergency rules governing the licensing and regulation of boarding homes that house individuals discharged from mental or behavioral health care institutions. The Department of Health said Friday in a statement that the emergency rules took effect Thursday and...