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Protesters raise candles during a protest in front of the presidential palace, as they urge Polish President Andrzej Duda to reject a bill changing the judiciary system, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Poland's lawmakers continue a heated debate about the controversial draft law by the ruling populist party that will reorganize the work of the Supreme Court, which, the opposition says, will subordinate the court to the justice minister. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
July 19, 2017 - 2:55 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is coming closer to imposing sanctions on Poland for the government's controversial attempt to take control of the judiciary, a senior EU official warned Wednesday, as new street protests and heated debate erupted in the Polish parliament. The ruling...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 19, 2017 - 2:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 8:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has invited Senate Republicans to the White House after a GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed for a second time...
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Gov. Jerry Brown, center, flanked by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, speaks of the passage of a pair of climate change measures, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 18, 2017 - 3:06 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's signature initiative to fight global warming will get another decade of life after lawmakers from both parties joined Gov. Jerry Brown in extending the law credited with reducing the state's carbon footprint. Monday night's votes to renew California's cap-and-...
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July 12, 2017 - 7:40 am
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The predominantly Roman Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize gay marriage, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies with "you are now spouses." The Catholic Church had opposed the...
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July 07, 2017 - 5:57 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday he doesn't think the failure of Congress to agree on a way to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act puts tax reform in jeopardy. The Republican said he hopes a final version of the health care plan will be approved this summer, and...
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July 07, 2017 - 3:41 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn't think the failure of Congress to agree on a health care law puts tax reform in jeopardy. Ryan also told reporters Friday that he was satisfied with what Congress has been able to achieve in the first six months under President Donald...
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David Kilada, political director of Oregon Right to Life, examines a bill in Keizer, Ore., Thursday, July 6, 2017, that requires insurance companies to cover abortions at no cost to the patient. Those who have no U.S. insurance, including those in the country illegally, will be able to have costs paid by the state's Medicaid program. Kilada said the bill, passed by the Legislature on Wednesday, will force taxpayers to assume some of the costs of an increasing number of abortions, even if they oppose the procedure. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
July 06, 2017 - 8:33 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A sweeping new bill passed by Oregon lawmakers will force taxpayers to assume some of the costs of abortions, even though many oppose the procedure, anti-abortion campaigners said Thursday as a legal expert predicted the measure will draw lawsuits. The bill passed Wednesday by...
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July 04, 2017 - 4:32 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new law requires every police officer in South Carolina to be trained in recognizing mental illness and de-escalating confrontations with people who are manic, not malicious. State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel says officers increasingly encounter people with...
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Joel LaSalle, Current Fish and Oyster owner, sits in front of a partition known as a "Zion Curtain" that prevents customers from seeing their alcoholic drinks being mixed and poured, before it's taken down at his restaurant Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. A new Utah law is making wine, liquor and higher-alcohol beer more expensive. Parts of a broad liquor law passed by state legislators this year takes effect Saturday, including the price increase and measures allowing some restaurants to take down their "Zion Curtains." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
July 01, 2017 - 4:58 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A trendy downtown Salt Lake City seafood restaurant started business Saturday with glass-smashing and champagne, a symbolic gesture in its emancipation from Utah's so-called "Zion Curtains" alcohol law. "It feels fabulous and liberating. It's a hallelujah moment," said Joel...
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Pro-independence activists chant slogans after being stopped by police officers during a march in Hong Kong, China, Saturday, July 1, 2017. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
July 01, 2017 - 8:25 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory. In a speech...
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