Month: August 2022

Student loan relief limited for many by US drug war’s legacy
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Student loan relief limited for many by US drug war’s legacy

FILE — President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. Many have cheered President Joe Biden's proposal to provide student loan forgiveness to millions of Americans as a significant step toward addressing the nation's racial wealth gap and other inequities facing borrowers of color. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)FILE - Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-Fla., left, and Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., talk to reporters about a legislative package to address the problem of crack cocaine on Aug. 5, 1986, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Some borrowers of color stand to benefit less from President Bides’s proposal to provide student loan forgiveness as at least a generation of ...
AG files civil right lawsuit vs Tucson over COVID-19 mandate
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AG files civil right lawsuit vs Tucson over COVID-19 mandate

AP-AZ-Tucson-Vaccine Requirements-Lawsuit Aug 30, 2022 3:20 PM - 163 words PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that it has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Tucson over its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements and related conduct. Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the city violated state law and discriminated against employees who requested religious accommodations or disability-based medical exemptions to Tucson’s vaccine mandate. The city implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination directive in August 2021, requiring that all of its more than 4,000 employees get the vaccination or submit a request for religious accommodation or medical exemption. Employees had to be vaccinated by December 2021 or they would face termina...
Arizona judge slaps down Finchem, Gosar over defamation suit
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Arizona judge slaps down Finchem, Gosar over defamation suit

Mark Finchem, a Republican candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a Save America rally Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)FILE - Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., waits for a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, on July 22, 2021. An Arizona judge has ordered three Republicans, including secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem and Gosar, to pay $75,000 in attorney fees for filing a defamation suit against a former Democratic lawmaker “primarily for purposes of harassment.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge has ordered three Republicans, including secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, to pay $75,000 in a...
Arizona governor to focus on semiconductors in Taiwan visit
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Arizona governor to focus on semiconductors in Taiwan visit

FILE - Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2021,. Ducey is to arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday for a visit focused on semiconductors, the critical chips used in everyday electronics that the island manufactures. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By HUIZHONG WU and JOE McDONALDAssociated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday for a visit focused on semiconductors, the critical chips that are used in everyday electronics and have become a battleground in the technology competition between the U.S. and China. His visit is the latest in a recent string by U.S. politicians that have angered China, which claims the self-governing island off its coast as part of its territory and sa...
2nd grader in Arizona brings 2 guns and ammunition to school
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2nd grader in Arizona brings 2 guns and ammunition to school

BOWIE, Ariz. (AP) — A second-grade student at a southeastern Arizona elementary school is facing charges for allegedly bringing two guns and ammunition to school, authorities said Wednesday. Cochise County Sheriff’s officials said they were called Monday to Cochise Elementary School in Bowie on reports that a 7-year-old student had a weapon. Deputies met with school officials and the student and said a handgun and ammunition was found in his backpack and a second gun also was discovered. Authorities contacted the student’s parents and gave the boy a juvenile referral for charges of misconduct with a weapon and a minor in possession of a firearm. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said it was unlikely that the boy’s parents will face charges in the incident, which remains under investigat...
Gen Z, millennials speak out on reluctance to become parents
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Gen Z, millennials speak out on reluctance to become parents

This Aug. 15, 2022, photo shows El Johnson, right, with her girlfriend, Sara Goodie, in Austin, Texas. Johnson has decided not to bear children, though she hasn’t ruled out adoption. The birth rate in the U.S. has dropped dramatically as more young people decide not to have children. (El Johnson via AP)This March 2022 photo shows Alyssa Persson in Chicago. At 31, Persson has decided she will not have children. Her decision is in line with dramatically low birth rates in the U.S. (Alyssa Persson via AP)This photo shows Dannie Lynn Murphy at home in Seattle on Aug. 18. At 28, Murphy says she has decided not to raise children. Her decision plays into a dramatic drop in birth rates in the U.S. (Dannie Lynn Murphy via AP)This July 1, 2021, photo shows Emily Shapiro in Asbury Park, N.J. At 23, ...
GOP, Dems seek political boost from student loan debt plan
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GOP, Dems seek political boost from student loan debt plan

President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, on the newly announced student loan forgiveness plan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Republican gubernatorial incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaks to supporters Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Hialeah, Fla. DeSantis will face U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in November. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)FILE - Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, speaks to supporters after the polls closed on primary election day Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohi...
Arizona Supreme Court keeps voting rights measure off ballot
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Arizona Supreme Court keeps voting rights measure off ballot

FILE - Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel speaks during oral arguments, in Phoenix on April 20, 2021. The Arizona Supreme Court will review a lower court's decision to keep a voter initiative rolling back Republican-backed election law changes and expanding voting access on the ballot and could decide to block it after all. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)FILE - Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2021, in Phoenix. Ducey and the GOP leaders of the state House and Senate are urging the state Supreme Court to overrule lower court judges and block three voter initiatives from the ballot. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)FILE - Terry Goddard speaks during an election night party on Nov. 4, 2014, in Phoenix. Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and th...
Turkish pop star jailed over joke released to house arrest
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Turkish pop star jailed over joke released to house arrest

Turkish pop star Gulsen performs during a concert in Aydin, Turkey, March 27, 2022. A Turkish court on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, released pop star Gulsen Colakoglu from jail but placed her on house arrest as she awaits trial on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools.. (Depo Photos via AP, File) Associated Press Aug 29, 2022 6:49 AM - 340 words Eds: UPDATES: Updates caption. With AP Photos. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday released pop star Gulsen from jail but placed her on house arrest as she awaits trial on charges of “inciting hatred and enmity” for a joke she made about Turkey’s religious schools. Last week, the 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen Colakoglu, was taken away fr...
Chauvin moved to Arizona federal pen in George Floyd killing
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Chauvin moved to Arizona federal pen in George Floyd killing

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin has been relocated from the restrictive confines of a Minnesota state prison to a medium-security federal lockup in Arizona where he will likely be given a little more freedom and have a greater sense of autonomy despite his infamy for killing George Floyd. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) By GRETCHEN EHLKEAssociated Press Aug 25, 2022 1:35 PM - 628 words By GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press Derek Chauvin has been moved from a Minnesota state prison where he was often held in solitary confinement to a medium-security federal prison in Arizona, where the former police officer convicted in George...