Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers’ help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

[ad_1] DES MOINES, Iowa — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Nearly identical bills introduced in Iowa, Missouri and Idaho this year — … Read more

Executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate plans to fight payout to the families of Brown and Goldman

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — The executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate says he will work to prevent a payout of a $33.5 million judgment awarded by a California civil jury nearly three decades ago in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson’s will … Read more

Google removes links to California news sites for some users

[ad_1] SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people’s search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content. Google announced the move in a blog post on Friday, calling … Read more

Faced with possibly paying for news, Google removes links to California news sites for some users

[ad_1] SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Google on Friday began removing California news websites from some people’s search results, a test that acted as a threat should the state Legislature pass a law requiring the search giant to pay media companies for linking to their content. Google announced the move in a blog post on Friday, calling … Read more

Arizona just revived an 1864 law criminalizing abortion. Here’s what’s happening in other states

[ad_1] Developments this week in Arizona underscored something that was already apparent about the 2024 elections in the United States: Abortion is going to loom large as an issue in state and federal elections — including the presidential race — and directly in the form of referendums in some states. An Arizona Supreme Court ruling … Read more

House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with White House to advance Ukraine aid

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with the White House as he prepares for the treacherous task of advancing wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel through the House, a top House Republican said Thursday. House Republican Leader Steve Scalise told reporters that Johnson had been talking with White House officials about a … Read more

Fiery debate over proposed shield law leads to rare censure in Maine House

[ad_1] AUGUSTA, Maine — Fiery debate over a bill to protect health care workers who provide abortion and gender-affirming care from out-of-state lawsuits crossed a line in the Maine House, leading lawmakers to formally censure a pair of colleagues on Thursday. Rep. Michael Lemelin, R-Chelsea, said the mass shooting last October in Lewiston, Maine, that … Read more

Iowa asks state Supreme Court to let its restrictive abortion law go into effect

[ad_1] DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to let its blocked abortion law go into effect and uphold it altogether, disputing abortion providers’ claims it infringes on women’s rights to exercise bodily autonomy. The law, which bans most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and before many women … Read more

Former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says the abortion ruling from justices he chose goes too far

[ad_1] A ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona doesn’t sit well with the Republican former governor whose expansion of the state Supreme Court allowed him to appoint the four conservative justices whose ruling cleared the way for it. Doug Ducey is among Republicans in several states who are wrestling with the consequences of their … Read more

Poland has a strict abortion law — and many abortions. Lawmakers are now tackling the legislation

[ad_1] WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s parliament is finally holding a long-awaited debate on liberalizing the country’s strict abortion law. The traditionally Catholic nation has one of the most restrictive laws in Europe — but the reality is that many women terminate pregnancies at home with pills mailed from abroad. Lawmakers in the lower house of … Read more