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8 sports wagering operators are licensed in North Carolina to take bets starting March 11

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eight sports gambling companies received North Carolina government licenses on Thursday so they can accept wagers from people in the state from mobile devices and computers in less than two weeks.
Justin Amash announces Republican bid for Michigan US Senate seat after having previously left GOP

Justin Amash announces Republican bid for Michigan US Senate seat after having previously left GOP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Justin Amash , who left the GOP in 2019 after calling for the impeachment of then-President Donald Trump, announced a Republican bid for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat Thursday.
Takeaways from Hunter Biden's combative deposition with Republican lawmakers

Takeaways from Hunter Biden's combative deposition with Republican lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The transcript of the congressional deposition of Hunter Biden was released late Thursday, providing a full view of the contentious testimony that took place behind closed doors Wednesday as Republicans aggressively questioned the c
Law to protect long-term funding of federal child-care system passes final hurdle

Law to protect long-term funding of federal child-care system passes final hurdle

OTTAWA — Legislation that commits the federal government to long-term funding of the national child-care system is poised to become law. The bill aims to enshrine the system into law, making it harder for future governments to defund it.
What Canadians are saying about the death of former prime minister Brian Mulroney

What Canadians are saying about the death of former prime minister Brian Mulroney

OTTAWA — Brian Mulroney is dead at 84. His family announced late Thursday that Canada's 18th prime minister died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. Here's a sampling of how Canadians are responding to the news.
California governor pushes back against criticism of fast food minimum wage law

California governor pushes back against criticism of fast food minimum wage law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration has denied a news report that he pushed for an exception to the state's new fast-food minimum wage law that benefits a wealthy campaign donor.
Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister and Progressive Conservative titan, dead at 84

Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister and Progressive Conservative titan, dead at 84

OTTAWA — There was no in-between with Martin Brian Mulroney. Canadians loved him: In 1984, they handed the youthful charmer a blank cheque and the largest majority mandate in history so he could change the country.
On the Rio Grande, 300 miles apart, Biden and Trump try to use immigration to election advantage

On the Rio Grande, 300 miles apart, Biden and Trump try to use immigration to election advantage

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — On the banks of the same Rio Grande but 300 miles apart, President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Donald Trump on Thursday surveyed the U.S.
Georgia Republicans say religious liberty needs protection, but Democrats warn of discrimination

Georgia Republicans say religious liberty needs protection, but Democrats warn of discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans are voting to protect religious rights from being trampled by state and local governments, while Democrats warn that the long-disputed measure opens the door for people and groups to discriminate against LGBTQ+ peop
Virani says new measures meant to help prevent hate crimes will come with safeguards

Virani says new measures meant to help prevent hate crimes will come with safeguards

OTTAWA — A series of steps would need to happen before a judge can restrict a person's movement because of fears they could commit a hate crime, federal Justice Minister Arif Virani said Thursday as he defended a suite of tougher penalties to combat