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Putin signs laws on annexation as Kyiv takes back dozens of towns
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Putin signs laws on annexation as Kyiv takes back dozens of towns

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed laws formally absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, even as its military struggles to control the territory that was illegally annexed. The documents finalizing the annexation, carried out in defiance of international laws, were published on a Russian government website on Wednesday morning. Both houses...

Putin signs annexation laws as Russia calls U.S. military aid for Ukraine an “immediate threat”
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Putin signs annexation laws as Russia calls U.S. military aid for Ukraine an “immediate threat”

As Vladimir Putin signed laws Wednesday formally declaring a huge swath of Ukraine part of Russia, his ambassador in Washington called the United States’ plan to provide Ukraine with an additional $625 million in military aid an “immediate threat” to Russia’s strategic interests. The ambassador said the ongoing provision of heavy weapons to Ukraine had...

Putin Signs Laws Annexing 4 Ukrainian Regions
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Putin Signs Laws Annexing 4 Ukrainian Regions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed laws absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, a move that finalizes the annexation carried out in defiance of international law. The documents were published on a Russian government website on Wednesday morning. Earlier this week, both houses of the Russian parliament ratified treaties making the...

Arizona abortion rights backers sue to overturn old ban
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Arizona abortion rights backers sue to overturn old ban

PHOENIX — Supporters of abortion rights on Tuesday sued to block an old Arizona law that criminalizes nearly all abortions, arguing that laws passed by the state Legislature after 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision should take precedence and abortions should be allowed until 15 weeks into a pregnancy. The lawsuit filed by a Phoenix abortion...

Scottish agency concerned about UK’s move on EU laws
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Scottish agency concerned about UK’s move on EU laws

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has warned of major food safety and standards risks if the United Kingdom scraps certain European rules. The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill covers more than 2,400 pieces of EU legislation. These regulations were kept in UK law at the end of the Brexit transition period. The Bill includes a date...

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling
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GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

PHOENIX — Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. Republican candidates were silent a day after the...

Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban
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Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

PHOENIX — Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics statewide will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid the filing of criminal charges against doctors and other medical workers. The judge lifted a decades-old injunction that blocked enforcement of...

Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Skirts Marijuana Laws and Raises Health Concerns
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Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Skirts Marijuana Laws and Raises Health Concerns

Suzan Kennedy has smoked marijuana, and says her Wisconsin roots mean she can handle booze, so she was not concerned earlier this year when a bartender in St. Paul, Minnesota, described a cocktail with the cannabinoid delta-8 THC as “a little bit potent.” Hours after enjoying the tasty drink and the silliness that reminded Kennedy...

Donald Trump lashes out after NY AG Letitia James files fraud lawsuit
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Donald Trump lashes out after NY AG Letitia James files fraud lawsuit

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about transgender athletes during the America First Agenda Summit, at the Marriott Marquis hotel July 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump assailed New York Attorney General Letitia James as “racist” and “grossly incompetent” in an indignant social media post Thursday, one...