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Alaska judge rules Sweeney won't advance to special election

Jun. 24, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge ruled Friday that Alaska elections officials do not need to put the fifth-place finisher in this month's U.S. House special primary on the upcoming special election ballot in place of a candidate who withdrew. Superior Court Judge William...

Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden

Jun. 24, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House sent President Joe Biden the widest ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The...

How US states have banned, limited or protected abortion

Jun. 24, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Congress approves free student meal extension through summer

Jun. 24, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

Congress passed a bill Friday that aims to keep up the expanded, pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students this summer. Final passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act in the U.S. House came less than a week before rule changes for child nutrition programs were set to expire...

Giffords documentary comes as gun debates stay center stage

Jun. 24, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

In the two years documentary filmmakers shadowed former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the most jarring moment for them was in the kitchen of her Tucson, Arizona, home. As cameras were rolling, she and her husband, Sen. Mark Kelly, nonchalantly opened the freezer. Kelly grabbed a...

House sends Biden compromise gun violence bill as Buffalo, Uvalde killings prompt end to decades of gridlock in Congress

Jun. 24, 2022 13:33 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — House sends Biden compromise gun violence bill as Buffalo, Uvalde killings prompt end to decades of gridlock in Congress.

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 24, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 21, 2022. Editorial: Choices A Supreme Court decision this week caught our attention. It could have significant implications right here in Vermont. The decision stems from a case out of Maine, and points to school choice. ...

Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill OK'd by Senate

Jun. 24, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill the Senate approved Thursday and the House was expect to pass Friday: — Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for...

Asian shares gain, tracking Wall Street advance

Jun. 24, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street, where the market is headed for its first weekly gain after three weeks of punishing losses. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.9% to 26,411.64 and the Kospi in Seoul jumped 1.8% to 2,356.38. Hong...

GOP unity? Some aim for reconciliation after tough primaries

Jun. 24, 2022 00:24 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two days after losing a bitter primary to a rival she once deemed a “sellout” for occasionally working with Democrats, Katie Arrington appeared at a “unity rally” to urge South Carolina Republicans to come together and back Rep. Nancy Mace in the fall general...