Oklahoma governor signs the nation’s strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last year. … Read more

Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die down, a daunting hurdle remains: To win the changes they seek — like better pay and more reliable schedules — unionized stores must sit down with Starbucks and negotiate a contract. … Read more

Chinese leader Xi defends record to UN human rights chief

BEIJING — Chinese leader Xi Jinping defended his country’s record to the top U.N. human rights official on Wednesday, saying each nation should be allowed to find its own path. Xi, who heads the ruling Communist Party that allows no political opposition and strictly limits speech, criticized countries that he said lecture others on human … Read more

N. Korea launches ballistic missiles after Biden leaves Asia

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched three ballistic missiles toward the sea on Wednesday, its neighbors said, hours after President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to Asia where he reaffirmed U.S. commitment to defend its allies in the face of the North’s growing nuclear threat. The North’s first missile launches in about two … Read more

Indiana lawmakers set to override veto of trans sports ban

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 By CASEY SMITH Associated Press/Report for America May 24, 2022, 3:45 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article INDIANAPOLIS — The Republican-dominated Indiana Legislature is … Read more

Planned Parenthood to step in if North Dakota clinic closes

Planned Parenthood says it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota’s only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press May 23, 2022, 10:52 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article … Read more

Police arrest woman after 6-year-old son is found in trunk

Authorities and family members said a 28-year-old woman was arrested after police found her 6-year-old son’s body in the trunk of her car in a Minneapolis suburb ByThe Associated Press May 22, 2022, 9:14 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MOUND, Minn. — A 28-year-old woman has been arrested … Read more

Racist photo leads to punishment for Florida students

Officials say a group of Florida students posed for a photo outside a middle school while holding large letters that spelled out a racial slur ByThe Associated Press May 20, 2022, 7:55 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PALM CITY, Fla. — A half-dozen Florida students posed for a … Read more

Disinformation board’s ex-leader faced wave of online abuse

The former head of a widely criticized disinformation board faced a torrent of sexist profanities on social media and menacing emails filled with rape or death threats By AMANDA SEITZ Associated Press May 20, 2022, 1:54 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — Nina Jankowicz, like so many … Read more

Ex-cop pleads guilty to manslaughter in George Floyd’s death

A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd By AMY FORLIITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press May 18, 2022, 1:44 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer … Read more

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