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New lawsuits target state restrictions on abortion pills
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New lawsuits target state restrictions on abortion pills

FILE - Boxes of the drug mifepristone sit on a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 2022. Lawsuits have been filed in West Virginia and North Carolina challenging the states' restrictions on the use of abortion pills. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File) By MATTHEW PERRONEAP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of abortion rights filed separate lawsuits Wednesday challenging two states' abortion pill restrictions, the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a protracted legal battle over access to the medications. The lawsuits argue that limits on the drugs in North Carolina and West Virginia run afoul of the federal authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has approved the abortion pill as a safe and effective meth...
‘Rick and Morty’ creator dropped by Hulu after abuse charges
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‘Rick and Morty’ creator dropped by Hulu after abuse charges

FILE - Justin Roiland poses for a portrait to promote the television series "Rick and Morty" on day two of Comic-Con International, July 21, 2017, in San Diego. Roiland, who created the animated series “Rick and Morty” and provides the voices of the two title characters, is awaiting trial on charges of felony domestic violence against a former girlfriend. A criminal complaint obtained Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, by The Associated Press from prosecutors in Orange County, Calif., detailed the charges against him. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hulu on Wednesday became the second television company to cut ties with “Rick and Morty” creator Justin Roiland after felony domestic abuse charges against him were revealed. “We have en...
Iowa lawmakers OK public money for private school students
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Iowa lawmakers OK public money for private school students

Iowa Sen. President Amy Sinclair speaks during debate on a bill that would create education savings accounts, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Spectators in the Iowa House gallery listen to debate on a bill that would create education savings accounts, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)State Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, D-Black Hawk, speaks during debate on a bill that would create education savings accounts, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)State Rep. Sami Scheetz, D-Linn, speaks during debate on a bill that would create education savings accounts, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cha...
Sierra Leone president signs women’s rights bill into law
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Sierra Leone president signs women’s rights bill into law

By CLARICE ROY-MACAULAYAssociated Press A landmark bill mandating that women make up 30% of Sierra Leone's workforce and government positions went into effect on Friday along with paid maternity leave benefits extended to 14 weeks. The legislation signed by President Julius Maada Bio applies to all companies in the private sector that employ 25 or more people. It also includes civil service positions and Cabinet appointments. “The future of Sierra Leone is female,” Bio said at the signing of the bill approved by Parliament late last year. “We must do all it takes to facilitate the timely, full, and unconditional inclusion of women in our national life, governance, and development.” The new law's 30% rule doesn't include smaller businesses and those who are self-employed, eking...
Illegal border crossings surge to highest of Biden’s term
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Illegal border crossings surge to highest of Biden’s term

FILE - President Joe Biden walks along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso Texas, Jan. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in Cuban and Nicaraguan arrivals at the U.S. border with Mexico in December led to the highest number of illegal border crossings recorded during any month of Joe Biden's presidency, authorities said Friday. The extraordinary influx came shortly before Biden introduced measures on Jan. 5 to deter Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans. U.S. authorities stopped migrants 251,487 times along the Mexican border in December, up 7% from 234,896 times in November and up 40% from 179,253 times in December 2021, Customs and Border Protection said. Cubans were stopped nearly 43,000 times in December...
Arizona executions on hold amid review ordered by governor
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Arizona executions on hold amid review ordered by governor

FILE - Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, middle, is flanked behind by Arizona House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Glendale, left, and Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, right, at Hobbs' state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2023. On Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, Hobbs ordered a review of the procurement process for lethal injection drugs and other death penalty protocols due to the state's history of mismanaging executions. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) By JACQUES BILLEAUDAssociated Press Arizona’s attorney general has put a hold on executions in the state until the completion of a review of death penalty protocols ordered by the new governor due to the state's history of mismanaging executions. The review ordered Friday by Gov. Katie Hob...
Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat
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Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is seen in the U.S. Capitol, July 14, 2022, in Washington. Gallego says he’ll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in 2024. Monday's announcement makes Gallego the first candidate to jump into the race in the battleground state and sets up a potential three-way contest. No Republican has currently announced a run. (Tom Williams/Pool photo via AP, File) By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest. Gallego said he'd fight for normal people struggling to make ends meet a...
Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools
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Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, right, and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, left, listen as April Hiosik Ignacio, center, speaks of her grandmother's time in an Indian boarding school during a "Road to Healing" event, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen, Ariz. The "The Road to Healing," is a year-long tour across the country to provide Indigenous survivors of the federal Indian boarding school system and their descendants an opportunity to share their experiences. (AP Photo/Matt York)U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a "Road to Healing" event, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the Gila Crossing Community School in Laveen, Ariz. The "The Road to Healing," is a year-long tour across the country to provide Indigenous surviv...
Man accused of firing gun inside Tucson healthcare facility
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Man accused of firing gun inside Tucson healthcare facility

Associated Press A man accused of firing a gun inside a Tucson healthcare facility is facing several charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to authorities. Tucson police said 33-year-old Arthur John Bodnar had a video court appearance Saturday and a judge ordered him held on a $50,000 bond. Bodnar also is accused of discharging a firearm within city limits and having a gun although he’s a prohibited possessor. Police were called to the healthcare facility Tuesday in response to reports that a man had walked into the lobby and fired a single shot from a shotgun. An employee at the facility called 911 and gave police a description of the suspect. Bodnar was arrested Friday. It was unclear Sunday if Bodnar has a lawyer yet who can speak on h...
Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate on vast reservation
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Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate on vast reservation

FILE - A sign urging safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic is displayed in Teesto, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation on Feb. 11, 2021. The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that has been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FILE - Navajo President Buu Nygren delivers his inaugural speech on Jan. 10, 2023, in Fort Defiance, Ariz. The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that has been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Nygren made while campaigning for the office. (AP P...