Brunei death penalty moratorium applied to new Shariah laws

World 05/05/19, 23:06

Brunei's sultan has said a moratorium on capital punishment is in effect for new Shariah criminal laws including stoning people for gay sex and adultery that sparked an international outcry.The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 "draconian" while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei ...

Lawmakers target spouses who drug, rape their partners

U.S. 05/04/19, 06:51

Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex.Three and a half centuries later, vestiges ...

New Tennessee law punishes voter signup missteps; suit filed

U.S. 05/02/19, 21:27

Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to register minorities and other voters.Tennessee's NAACP chapter and ...

Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill ‘Obamacare’

Politics 05/01/19, 18:01

Taking a harder line on health care, the Trump administration joined a coalition of Republican-led states Wednesday in asking a federal appeals court to entirely overturn former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Congress rendered the Affordable Care Act completely unconstitutional in 2017 by eliminating an unpopular tax penalty for ...

NYC makes calls from jail free, 1st major US city to do so

New York 05/01/19, 14:36

New York is now providing free phone calls from jails, making it the first major U.S. city to eliminate fees for inmate calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.The Democratic mayor said the city has fully implemented the law passed by the City Council last August."For too long have people ...

Maine becomes 1st state to ban single-use foam containers

U.S. 05/01/19, 08:21

Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam.Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill into law Tuesday.The Natural Resources Council of Maine says Maine's the first state to enact such a ban. Similar legislation passed Maryland's legislature ...

Judge: Charlottesville Confederate statues are protected

U.S. 04/30/19, 15:10

A Virginia judge has ruled that Charlottesville's Confederate statues are war monuments protected by state law.Judge Richard Moore's ruling came in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville City Council members who voted in 2017 to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.Moore cited how statues of Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" ...

Wash. Legislature finishes session: What passed, what died

Health 04/29/19, 18:11

The Washington state Legislature adjourned at midnight Sunday, avoiding overtime and ending a 105-day legislative session that saw bills signed on high-profile issues and a whirlwind finish that raised questions about transparency.Entering their second year in full control of state government, Democrats enacted changes to laws touching everyday life across ...

Indiana action on teacher pay, hate crimes faulted by some

Sports 04/27/19, 12:45

Indiana Republican leaders started this year's legislative session with calls to boost the state's lagging teacher pay and adopt a hate crimes law.The GOP-dominated Legislature took action on both topics, although Democrats and advocacy groups say the steps fell short of what was needed. Republicans declared the four-month session that ...

After son was expelled, lobbyist tries to change state law

U.S. 04/26/19, 16:30

A lobbyist whose son was expelled from college under a federal sex-discrimination law successfully enlisted a Missouri state lawmaker to introduce a bill that would overhaul how such complaints are handled — a measure that one opponent called "revenge legislation."Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman said lobbyist Richard McIntosh asked him to ...

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

U.S. 04/26/19, 10:32

Kansas' highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies.The state Supreme Court's ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled Legislature hostile ...

Ukraine’s parliament adopts controversial language bill

Europe 04/25/19, 04:09

The Ukrainian Parliament has approved a language law that seeks to increase the use of Ukrainian in a country where Russian is also widely used. The Supreme Rada on Thursday, April 25, voted overwhelmingly to support the bill, which will force increased use of Ukrainian in the media and in public ...

NRA sues Los Angeles over disclosure law for contractors

U.S. 04/24/19, 14:21

The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring companies that want city contracts to disclose whether they have ties to the gun rights group.The lawsuit filed in U.S. court claims the law is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment right to free speech ...

Rehab patients’ unpaid work for big companies likely illegal

U.S. 04/24/19, 12:15

A nationally renowned drug rehab program in Texas and Louisiana has sent patients struggling with addiction to work for free for some of the biggest companies in America, likely in violation of federal labor law.The Cenikor Foundation has dispatched tens of thousands of patients to work without pay at more ...

Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum in hearing on lobbyist gifts

U.S. 04/24/19, 00:04

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists.The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, accepted gifts in violation of civil law, including travel expenses in Costa Rica ...

Japan apologizes to those forcibly sterilized, vows redress

World 04/23/19, 23:39

Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of victims forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law and promised to pay compensation.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he was offering "sincere remorse and heartfelt apology" to the victims.His apology comes just after the parliament enactment earlier Wednesday of legislation ...

Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales

Health 04/23/19, 13:20

Walgreens has decided to raise its minimum age for tobacco sales several weeks after a top federal official chastised the drugstore chain for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and other tobacco products.Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Tuesday that it will require customers to be at least 21 ...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Tech 04/22/19, 17:11

Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel.It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the ...

Utah agrees to delay implementation of new law on abortions

Health 04/18/19, 17:27

Utah officials agreed Thursday to delay the implementation of a new law that bans most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy as a legal challenge plays out in the courts.Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes made the announcement shortly before a court hearing in which abortion-rights advocates who sued over the ...

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

U.S. 04/17/19, 21:27

Democrats failed to strip language out of a Florida Senate school safety bill that would expand a law allowing some teachers to carry guns in school. They argued Wednesday that more guns in school could make them more dangerous. Senators spent nearly two hours debating proposed amendments to a wide-ranging bill ...

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