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Evers signs GOP-written state budget with $2B tax cut

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed the Republican-written state budget Thursday, enacting a two-year spending plan that includes a $2 billion income tax cut while making 50 largely minor partial vetoes, saying unfinished business still needs to be addressed.The budget will also ...

Suspect in stabbing of rabbi now facing hate crime charges

BOSTON (AP) — A man already charged with <a target="—blank" href="https://apnews.com/article/ri-state-wire-ma-state-wire-religion-fe4f0bdb7af1a7eb9b33fd494ac4cbf3">stabbing a rabbi</a> outside a Jewish school in Boston now faces additional hate crime ...

Lawyers granted slight delay in opening of R. Kelly trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly were granted a little more time Thursday to prepare his defense for his upcoming sex-trafficking trial in New York City.At a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said jury selection would go forward ...

Debate over eating meat gets heated in Spanish politics

MADRID (AP) — The amount of meat that Spaniards eat has rattled the unity of Spain's governing coalition.Members of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's progressist Cabinet are clashing over whether to discourage people in Spain from consuming so much ham, beef and other forms of animal protein. ...

Houston teen on life support following road rage shooting

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities were searching Thursday for a man accused of shooting a teenager during what they say was a road rage incident that took place as a family was driving home following a Houston Astros game.The 17-year-old was on life support at a hospital following the Tuesday ...

Fighter jets scramble, interrupt leaders in Lithuania

HELSINKI (AP) — A news conference at a NATO air base in Lithuania featuring Lithuania's president and Spain's prime minister got abruptly cut off Thursday when the pair of Spanish fighter jets serving as the leaders' backdrop were scrambled to monitor errant military aircraft in the skies ...

Oregon adopts most protective heat rules for workers in US

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon adopted an emergency rule Thursday that strengthens requirements for employers to safeguard workers from extreme heat, including expanding access to shade and cool water in what advocates called the nation's most protective heat rules following deadly record-high ...

Ducey appoints ex-aide to fill state Supreme Court vacancy

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday announced he is filling an Arizona Supreme Court vacancy by appointing Kathryn Hackett King, a Phoenix lawyer who previously worked on his staff.King, a fellow Republican whom Ducey appointed to the state Board of Regents in 2020, was Ducey's ...