Nation
April 1

Florida voters will decide whether to protect abortion rights and legalize pot in November

The Florida Supreme Court issued rulings Monday allowing the state's voters to decide whether to protect abortion rights and legalize recreational use of marijuana, rejecting the state attorney general's arguments that the measures should be kept off the November ballot.
Nation
April 1

Oregon governor signs a bill recriminalizing drug possession into law

Oregon's Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek on Monday signed into law a bill that recriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, ending a first-in-the-nation experiment with decriminalization that was hobbled by implementation issues.
Politics
April 1
Clockwise from top left: Keala Ede, Theodora Gaïtas, Sarah Hennesy, Elizabeth Bentley, Lisa Beane and Liz Kramer are the six finalists for the upcomi

Governor announces six finalists for two Minnesota Supreme Court seats

By midsummer, Walz is replacing retiring justices G. Barry Anderson and Margaret Chutich.
Nation
April 1

Why Trump's alarmist message on immigration may be resonating beyond his base

The video shared by former President Donald Trump features horror movie music and footage of migrants purportedly entering the U.S. from countries including Cameroon, Afghanistan and China. Shots of men with tattoos and videos of violent crime are set against close-ups of people waving and wrapping themselves in American flags.
World
April 1

LGBTQ-inclusive church in Cuba welcomes all in a country that once sent gay people to labor camps

Proudly wearing a rainbow-colored clergy stole and a rainbow flag in her clerical collar, the Rev. Elaine Saralegui welcomed all to her LGBTQ+ inclusive church in the Cuban port city of Matanzas.
Politics
April 1

Indianapolis police believe more than 1 fired shots in violence that left 7 youths injured

Police investigating a shooting in downtown Indianapolis that wounded seven young people — all 16 years and under — said Monday that they believe more than one person fired shots.
Business
April 1

Microsoft splits Teams from Office after antitrust scrutiny

Microsoft will stop packaging its Teams videoconferencing app with its Office software after the practice attracted antitrust scrutiny.
Nation
April 1

White House Easter egg roll draws a huge crowd after storm-delayed start

Thunder and lightning delayed the start of the annual Easter egg roll at the White House on Monday, but the event eventually rolled ahead under gray skies with a large crowd including many youngsters wearing ponchos or colorful jackets against intermittent rain.
Politics
April 1
Secretary of State Steve Simon talks to inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud on March 21 about the state's new law restoring vot

Minnesota Voters Alliance says new law improperly restored voting rights to felons

State Supreme Court conducts expedited oral arguments on the legal challenge. Voting in the state primary begins in June with about 57,000 felons newly eligible to vote.
Nation
April 1

Atlantic City mayor says search warrants involve 'private family issue,' not corruption

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said Monday that a search of his home last week by prosecutors involved ''a private family issue,'' not a crime.
Business
April 1

Donald Trump's social media company lost $58 million last year. Freshly issued shares tumble

Less than a week after a flashy stock market debut, Donald Trump's social media company is disclosing that it lost nearly $58.2 million in 2023.
Nation
April 1

States move to shore up voting rights protections after courts erode federal safeguards

An appeals court ruling that weakened a key part of the Voting Rights Act is spurring lawmakers in several states to enact state-level protections to plug gaps that the ruling opened in the landmark federal law aimed at prohibiting racial discrimination in voting.
Nation
April 1

Kansas lawmakers race to solve big fiscal issues before their spring break

The Kansas Legislature is scrambling to address tax cuts, funding for disability services and immigration issues ahead of its annual three-week spring break starting next week. Most bills that don't pass by then won't be considered when lawmakers return April 29 for a short wrap-up session.
Nation
March 31

Trump's immigration rhetoric makes inroads with some Democrats. That could be a concern for Biden

The video shared by Donald Trump features horror movie music and footage of migrants purportedly entering the U.S. from countries including Cameroon, Afghanistan and China. Shots of men with tattoos and videos of violent crime are set against close-ups of people waving and wrapping themselves in American flags.
Nation
March 31

The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden's recognition of 'Transgender Day of Visibility'

President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump's campaign and religious conservatives for proclaiming March 31 — which corresponds with Easter Sunday this year — as ''Transgender Day of Visibility.''
Business
March 31

New $20 minimum wage for fast food workers in California set to start Monday

Most fast food workers in California will be paid at least $20 an hour beginning Monday when a new law is scheduled to kick in giving more financial security to an historically low-paying profession while threatening to raise prices in a state already known for its high cost of living.
Politics
March 31

Democrats hope Biden could get a boost from down-ballot races under Wisconsin's new legislative map

Wisconsin's presidential primary Tuesday clears the way for a general election campaign that Democrats see as an opportunity unlike any in recent state history.
Nation
March 31

Former US Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts has died at age 82

Longtime U.S. Rep. William D. Delahunt of Massachusetts, a Democratic stalwart who postponed his own retirement from Washington to help pass former President Barack Obama's legislative agenda, has died following a long-term illness, his family announced.
Politics
March 30

Biden wins the North Dakota Democratic primary

President Joe Biden has won North Dakota's Democratic presidential primary.
Nation
March 30

Connecticut becomes one of the last states to allow early voting after years of debate

For the first time, Connecticut has allowed people to cast ballots early, in person, ahead of an election, years after almost every other state in the country offered voters that option.

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