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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019, file photo shows marijuana buds in Akron, Ohio. Several county attorneys are pressuring Utah to scrap its plans for a state-run medical marijuana dispensary system, arguing the system would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Attorneys from Salt Lake and Davis County said Tuesday, July 30, that current plans to use local health departments as pickup points for medical marijuana would make county employees de-facto drug dealers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
July 31, 2019 - 4:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials preparing to launch the state's medical marijuana program next year face mounting pressure from county attorneys to scrap plans for a state-run dispensary system and lingering scrutiny from companies rejected for grower's licenses. The state announced Wednesday...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, center, signs legislation in Atlanta, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions are asking a judge Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to keep it from taking effect while a legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued last month on behalf of Georgia advocacy groups and abortion providers to challenge the measure. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 10:14 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of a Georgia law that bans most abortions on Tuesday asked a judge to keep it from taking effect while their legal challenge plays out. The law is set to become enforceable Jan. 1. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for...
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July 17, 2019 - 6:45 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul has acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders and two other human rights activists of charges of engaging in terrorist propaganda. The media advocacy group said Erol Onderoglu of Reporters Without Borders; Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head...
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Migrants rest on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat, as they sail off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on Thursday, July 4, 2019. An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said the health of the 54 migrants it rescued at sea is rapidly deteriorating, prompting fears of another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving Humans said Friday in a tweet that its sailing boat ALEX was off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 15, 2019 - 2:41 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A leading advocacy group for refugees said Monday that with half of 2019 gone, humanitarian organizations have received only 27% of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide this year. Norwegian Refugee Council secretary-general Jan Egeland...
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July 11, 2019 - 4:56 pm
Oliver North, the retired Marine who was pushed out as president of the National Rifle Association in a dispute within the gun-rights group, said in court documents filed Thursday that he was thwarted when he tried to raise alarm bells about alleged misspending and denied that he tried to oust the...
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July 11, 2019 - 4:53 pm
Former National Rifle Association President Oliver North says in court filings that he was thwarted as he tried to raise concerns about alleged misspending at the gun lobbying group. He denied that he had tried to stage a coup to oust NRA's longtime top executive. The documents detail concerns...
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June 28, 2019 - 5:59 am
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday in Atlanta is the latest effort by abortion providers and advocacy groups to challenge a wave of restrictive abortion laws passed in conservative states. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive...
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FILE- In this April 26, 2019 file photo, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Christopher W. Cox speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist has resigned in another sign of infighting within the powerful gun lobbying group, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Cox's departure comes just days after the NRA placed him on administrative leave, claiming he was part of a failed attempt to extort the longtime CEO. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
June 26, 2019 - 11:42 am
The National Rifle Association's top lobbyist resigned Wednesday, the latest development in a dizzying array of in-fighting within the gun lobbying group in recent months that has ensnared even its most ardent loyalists. Chris Cox's departure came the same day the NRA confirmed it was severing ties...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2019 aerial file photo, the Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding of downtown Davenport, Iowa, are area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters. The prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion in repairs and cleanup, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, and advocacy group for river communities, said Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 10:26 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding...
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Peter Bowyer, the facility manager at AquaBounty Technologies, holds one of the last batch of conventional Atlantic salmon raised at the commercial fish farm in Albany, Ind., Wednesday, June 19, 2019. AquaBounty will be producing the first genetically modified animals approved for human food in the U.S. and one way companies are pushing to transform plants and animals, as consumer advocacy groups call for greater caution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
June 20, 2019 - 10:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. The salmon produced...
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