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California aims to shield against Texas-style abortion laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday voted to stop courts in Texas and other states from penalizing abortion providers and volunteers in California, part of Democrats' plan to make the state a sanctuary for women seeking reproductive care should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn ...

Pentagon says more high-tech weapons going to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a Harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters. And Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs ...

Michigan GOP governor candidates short signatures

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections bureau said late Monday that five Republican candidates for governor, including two leading contenders, failed to file enough valid nominating signatures and should not qualify for the August primary. The stunning recommendations immediately ...

Perdue says Abrams ‘demeaning her own race’ ahead of primary

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican candidate David Perdue on Monday accused Stacey Abrams of "demeaning her own race" in Abrams' recent criticism of Georgia's quality of life for its residents. Abrams is bidding to be the first Black woman to be a governor of an American state. She's without ...

Abortion access a focus of Cuellar, Cisneros runoff in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, one of the only anti-abortion Democrats remaining in Congress, faced the toughest reelection fight of his career Tuesday in a primary runoff against progressive Jessica Cisneros that could offer clues over how much abortion rights could ...

Embattled Texas AG Paxton faces George P. Bush in GOP runoff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put his job and ability to withstand legal troubles on the line Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff against George P. Bush, whose own family record was at stake. The outcome in America's biggest red state will test how much weight the ...

GOP Sen. John Boozman fending off rivals in Arkansas primary

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Sen. John Boozman hopes to fend off three challengers in Arkansas' primary Tuesday who are trying to paint him as not conservative enough, despite his support from former President Donald Trump, groups such as the National Rifle Association and the state's ...

Ex-Trump press secretary Sanders bids for Arkansas governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — During her two years as President Donald Trump's spokesperson, Sarah Sanders used the White House briefing room to take aim at Democrats on issues such as immigration and crime. She is poised to win the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor on Tuesday after ...

1st test in chase for open Minnesota seat in Congress

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A slew of candidates hoping to win the Minnesota congressional seat vacated by the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn get their first test before voters on Tuesday. The winners of Republican and Democratic primaries will meet in August to determine who will finish the last few ...

Indiana lawmakers set to override veto of trans sports ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-dominated Indiana Legislature is poised on Tuesday to override the GOP governor's veto of a bill banning transgender students from competing in girls sports, which would mean Indiana would join more than a dozen states that have adopted similar laws in the ...

Tough GOP race for Shelby seat in Alabama closes with flurry

HUNTSVILLE. Ala. (AP) — Republican Senate hopefuls made last-minute pitches to primary voters Monday in the tight race for the GOP nomination for seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, appeared at a Huntsville rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as he seeks to ...

Re/Max CEO: Home prices can’t keep up double-digit gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. housing market is slowing as would-be buyers struggle with rising borrowing costs and a persistent shortage of properties for sale. Previously occupied home sales fell in February and March as mortgage rates shot up, crimping homebuyers' purchasing power during ...

For Americans, 2021 delivered healthiest finances in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' financial health reached its highest level in nearly a decade last year, the Federal Reserve said Monday, spurred by a strong job market and government support payments. Almost eight in 10 adults said last fall that they were either "doing okay or living ...

Police seek public’s help in search for NYC subway shooter

NEW YORK (AP) — Police searching for an unidentified man who shot and killed another passenger on a moving New York City subway train asked for the public's help Monday. "We need all eyes on this," NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted. She posted two surveillance camera photographs of ...

Atlantic City’s casinos earnings rise, but some still lag

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casinos collectively saw their profitability increase in the first quarter of this year compared not only with a year earlier, but also to the pre-pandemic period, according to figures released Monday. But only four of the nine casinos indivdually ...

Appeals court: Florida law on social media unconstitutional

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of ...

Florida insurance bills clear committee, move to Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature on Monday began a special session focused on fixing the state's turbulent property insurance market, advancing sweeping legislation to create a $2 billion reinsurance fund and place new rules around attorney fees and coverage denials as ...

Video game workers create first union at big U.S. game maker

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard have voted to unionize, creating the first labor union at a large U.S. video game company. A count of ballots on Monday revealed the results of the election affecting a small group of Wisconsin-based ...

Boards for Meta, Twitter face backlash from NY pension fund

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A major New York pension fund that has invested in both Facebook's corporate parent and Twitter believes it's time to shake up the companies' boards of directors because of their inability to keep violent content off their influential social media services. The New York ...

Facebook, Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook parent Meta said it will start publicly providing more details about how advertisers target people with political ads just months ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much ...