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Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana in 2024

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin.

Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

WASHINGTON – The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.

Washington House aims to close Northwest immigration jail

SEATTLE  — The Washington House of Representatives voted Tuesday to ban for-profit, private detention facilities in the state, in a move aimed at shutting down the Northwest immigration detention center in Tacoma.

Federal judge says California can enforce net neutrality law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don't pay for premium service.

For Senate rules arbiter, minimum wage is latest minefield

WASHINGTON — She's guided the Senate through two impeachment trials, vexed Democrats and Republicans alike with parliamentary opinions and helped rescue Electoral College certificates from a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol. She also does spot-on impersonations of senators including Bernie Sanders.

Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

Facebook announced Tuesday that it would lift a ban on Australians viewing and sharing news on its platform after it struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.

Idaho panel OKs less restrictive ‘ballot harvesting’ bill

BOISE — A revamped version of a proposed law making it a felony in Idaho for third parties to collect and return multiple ballots to election officials headed to the full House for debate and a vote after it passed in committee on Monday.

UN nuclear chief in Iran as it threatens watchdog’s cameras

The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog met Sunday with Iranian officials in a bid to preserve his inspectors' ability to monitor Tehran's atomic program, even as authorities said they planned to cut off surveillance cameras at those sites.

New legislation would protect drivers who hit protestors

OKLAHOMA CITY — When massive demonstrations against racial injustice erupted across the nation last summer, protesters used an increasingly common tactic to draw attention to their cause: swarming out onto major roads to temporarily paralyze traffic.

Idaho bill to outlaw demonstrating at private homes advances

A bill to make illegal demonstrating at a person’s residence headed to the full House on Friday, after a series of demonstrations at the homes of officials and police officers spurred by frustration with restrictions on gatherings or mask-wearing mandates to slow infections and deaths because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian leader urges Facebook to lift its news blockade

Australia’s prime minister on Friday urged Facebook to lift its blockade of Australian users and return to the negotiating table with news publishing businesses, warning that other countries would follow his government’s example in making digital giants pay for journalism.

Utah bill banning trans athletes in girls sports advances

SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal to ban transgender athletes from playing on girls sports teams passed the state House Wednesday in Utah, one of more than 20 states considering similar measures that opponents say would harm transgender teenagers.