Bill to restrict youth access to ‘sexually explicit’ public library books advances in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Activists in Louisiana are voicing concerns over a bill advancing through the GOP-controlled Legislature to restrict children and teens’ access to public library books deemed “sexually explicit,” saying the proposal could be used to target LGBTQ+ content. Around the country this year, lawmakers have debated banning gender-affirming care for minors, … Read more

Ron DeSantis, like Donald Trump, says he can create a more conservative Supreme Court

WASHINGTON − As he prepares to officially enter the 2024 presidential race, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is seeking to counter former President Donald Trump on an important issue to conservative primary voters: the Supreme Court. While using some uncertain calculations, DeSantis said the next Republican president could forge a 7-2 Supreme Court conservative majority via … Read more

Exclusive-US lawmaker demands action against Chinese chip firm CXMT after Micron

By Stephen Nellis and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Commerce Department should put trade curbs on Chinese memory chip maker Changxin Memory Technologies (CXMT) after Beijing earlier this week banned the sale of some chips by U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc, the chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee on China said on Tuesday. … Read more

‘Modern slavery’ most common in North Korea and Eritrea: study

The 2023 Global Slavery Index says modern slavery has got worse since its last survey North Korea, Eritrea and Mauritania have the highest prevalence of modern slavery in the world, according to the 2023 Global Slavery Index published Wednesday, which noted a “worsening” situation globally since its last survey five years earlier. The report said … Read more