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Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

Tuk Tuk Factory - maker of auto rickshaws popular in Asia - aims to make inroads in US
Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press

DENVER - They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing.

Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century — aims to make inroads in the United States.

US state's lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty

US state's lawmakers give final approval to death penalty repeal; governor calls it 'dark day'
Grant Schulte, The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. - Lawmakers in the central state of Nebraska gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.

The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to override a promised veto from the state's Republican governor.

Legislators pass bill that had been nixed over Islamic law

Idaho Legislature approves child-support bill that had been rejected over Islamic law concerns
Ryan Struyk And Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Legislature approved federally mandated child support rules Monday, undoing a rejection that had jeopardized U.S. involvement in an international treaty and threatened to collapse the state's payment system.

The bill now goes to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who has said he'll sign it into law.

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