- Contact lens makers ask court to block Utah price-fixing law Updated: Jun-03-15 7:53 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Three of the nation's largest contact lens manufacturers call a Utah law banning price fixing a brazen overreach that would give any discount seller in the state an illegal end run around minimum prices set by the companies.
- Utah health insurers request big rate hikes for 2016 Updated: Jun-03-15 7:20 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - More than half a dozen health insurers in Utah say they need to raise rates on individual policies next year by 10 percent or more because of higher than expected care costs and other expenses.
- Lawmakers seek to legalize possession of marijuana byproduct Updated: Jun-03-15 6:43 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lawmakers and parents told a Wisconsin committee on Wednesday that a bill that would allow residents to legally possess a marijuana derivative to treat seizure disorders would help give people relief while a doctor said it could have potential dangerous repercussions.
- Senate votes down bid to give lawmakers special gun rights Updated: Jun-03-15 6:25 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's Senate shot down a last-minute bid to grant expanded conceal-carry privileges to retired state lawmakers.
- Longtime Cuomo aide new leader of NY horse racing board Updated: Jun-03-15 6:21 pm
ALBANY, New York - An Albany insider with longstanding ties to the Cuomo family is taking control of the New York Racing Association after its chairman went on leave just days before its premier event, the Belmont Stakes.
- Markups on cigarettes, wine, milk decried as hidden tax hike Updated: Jun-03-15 6:08 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Under a new state law, Tennessee retailers will have to charge smokers at least 15 percent more than the wholesale cost. The surcharge is theirs to keep.
- Bill allows reporters to refuse gov't demand to name sources Updated: Jun-03-15 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has voted to block the government from forcing reporters to testify about their sources or where they got information.
- Road funding bill dead in South Carolina for this year Updated: Jun-03-15 5:59 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Getting more money to South Carolina roads was a top priority of the governor, lawmakers and businesses for this year. But with one day left in the 2015 session, the road funding bill appears dead on the Senate floor.
- Montana health insurers ask for double-digit rate hikes Updated: Jun-03-15 5:54 pm
HELENA, Montana - Insurance companies in Montana are requesting double-digit rate increases next year for the health plans of more than 77,000 people covered through the online exchange created by President Barack Obama's health law.
- Michigan lawmakers approve $54.5 billion budget Updated: Jun-03-15 5:35 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Lawmakers approved a $54.5 billion state budget Wednesday, passing modest funding increases for roads and education along with new initiatives designed to boost early literacy and training for jobs in the trades.
- Pennsylvania senators to introduce Internet gambling bill Updated: Jun-03-15 5:31 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Republican state senators in Pennsylvania are preparing to introduce legislation to allow Internet gambling.
- House passes bill expanding voter residency requirements Updated: Jun-03-15 5:30 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The New Hampshire House passed a bill Wednesday that requires people to live in the state for 30 days before they are eligible to vote. It passed largely with support from Republicans.
- California farmers sue over contaminated water aquifers Updated: Jun-03-15 5:25 pm
BAKERSFIELD, California - A group of farmers and others in Central California's Kern County is suing state officials and oil executives over contaminated underground water aquifers.
- California lawmakers advance aggressive climate change plans Updated: Jun-03-15 5:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.
- Pence's letter to LGBT festival letter draws criticism Updated: Jun-03-15 5:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A letter from Gov. Mike Pence welcoming visitors to Indianapolis' upcoming Circle City IN Pride Festival is drawing criticism from both the state Democratic Party chairman and a conservative group, who are unhappy for different reasons with the governor's greeting to gays, lesbians and others.
- Idaho officials release plan to bolster sharp-tailed grouse Updated: Jun-03-15 5:00 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho officials have released a draft management plan to bolster a struggling species once considered the most abundant upland game bird in the Pacific Northwest.
- Wildlife managers win appeal on Michigan's exotic pig ban Updated: Jun-03-15 4:31 pm
MARQUETTE, Michigan - Michigan's ban on Russian boars and similar pig breeds is constitutional, the state appeals court said Wednesday, overturning an order that had prevented officials from taking action against animal owners in the Upper Peninsula.
- Analysis: NSA bill barely touches the agency's vast powers Updated: Jun-03-15 4:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The surveillance law enacted this week stands as the most significant curb on the government's investigative authorities since the 1970s. But it's practically inconsequential in the universe of the National Security Agency's vast digital spying operations, a technical overhaul of a marginal counterterrorism program that some NSA officials wanted to jettison anyway.
- Top NY regulator issues final rules for bitcoin licenses Updated: Jun-03-15 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON - New York state's chief financial regulator has issued final rules for companies dealing in bitcoin, adding more oversight to the virtual currency that has widened in popularity and moved into the commercial mainstream.
- AP News Guide to case against former Speaker Dennis Hastert Updated: Jun-03-15 3:44 pm
CHICAGO - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will appear in federal court next week on charges that he evaded banking regulations as part of a plan to pay $3.5 million to a person to keep quiet about past misconduct. A person familiar with the allegations told The Associated Press that the payments were to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago.
- Brewers, distillers, business groups oppose law change Updated: Jun-03-15 3:29 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin brewers, liquor manufacturers, restaurants and the state chamber of commerce are all opposing possible changes to the state's alcohol distribution law.
- Maggi noodles ordered off India's shelves due to lead level Updated: Jun-03-15 2:10 pm
NEW DELHI - Indian shopkeepers withdrew a popular brand of Nestle instant noodles from their shelves Wednesday after tests revealed the snack contained unsafe levels of lead.
- Decision to decriminalize pot in Illinois in Rauner's hands Updated: Jun-03-15 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Signing a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana would be, some legislators say, "low-hanging fruit" for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is pushing for prison sentencing reform.
- How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions? Updated: Jun-03-15 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama's health overhaul. But would the court take away a benefit from so many people? Should the justices even consider such consequences?
- 11 Arkansas airports to receive grants for repairs, upgrades Updated: Jun-03-15 1:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' congressional delegation has announced a total of $6.5 million in federal grants that will be shared by 11 Arkansas airports.