- After Hastert, Illinois weighs change to child sex abuse law Updated: May-04-16 9:22 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
- Chicago Teachers Union decides against taking strike vote Updated: May-04-16 9:21 pm
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union has decided against striking over the lack of a contract, for now.
- Attorney: Prince arranged to meet addiction doctor Updated: May-04-16 9:16 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - In his final weeks, Prince hid signs of trouble from his fans, stonewalling reports of an overdose that required an emergency plane landing and making a brief public appearance to reassure them. But privately, the superstar was in crisis, seeking help from a prominent addiction expert that ultimately came too late.
- Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist Updated: May-04-16 9:11 pm
MILL VALLEY, California - The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.
- Highlights of what passed, failed in legislative session Updated: May-04-16 9:02 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Despite Wednesday's adjournment deadline, Connecticut legislators planned to return, possibly early next week, to vote on a new budget for fiscal year 2017, budget-related bills and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's criminal justice bill.
- Obama urges Asian-Americans to stand up to bigotry Updated: May-04-16 8:57 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to press Congress to update U.S. immigration policy and fight bigotry.
- 240 students from 6 Detroit schools to attend career expo Updated: May-04-16 8:44 pm
DETROIT - About 240 students from a half-dozen high schools in Detroit are expected to participate in the police department's annual Bridging the Gap youth career expo.
- US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights Updated: May-04-16 8:43 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
- The Latest: Deputies couldn't detain suspect in girl's death Updated: May-04-16 8:43 pm
SHIPROCK, New Mexico - The Latest on the abduction and killing of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation (all times local):
- Utah governor drops Common Core support, calls for repeal Updated: May-04-16 8:38 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is asking the state school board to repeal Utah's adoption of the Common Core education standards after his re-election challenger made it a key campaign issue.
- Pregnant woman dies at Haiti hospital amid strike by staff Updated: May-04-16 8:35 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead at the gates of Haiti's largest public hospital after failing to get help Wednesday amid a weeks-old strike by resident doctors, nurses and other staff.
- Bill allowing armed police on campuses moves to governor Updated: May-04-16 8:11 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a bill that ultimately allows the state's community colleges to form special armed police forces to patrol the campuses.
- Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back' Updated: May-04-16 8:10 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
- The Latest: Sen. McConnell calls on Trump to unite party Updated: May-04-16 8:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):
- Effort to revive stalled bill with sex ed provisions falters Updated: May-04-16 8:04 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - An effort to revive a stalled education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools faltered in the Alaska House on Wednesday.
- Former Alamo managers say they've overcome Texas 'bullying' Updated: May-04-16 8:03 pm
HOUSTON - A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century said Wednesday it had prevailed over the "bureaucratic bullying" of a Texas agency with the state's acknowledgement that about 38,000 books and artifacts at an Alamo library don't belong to the state.
- The Latest: NC gov says federal warning on law 'overreach' Updated: May-04-16 7:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter Wednesday stating that a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):
- Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves Updated: May-04-16 7:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.
- The Latest: Lawmakers end Douglas-Board of Education fight Updated: May-04-16 7:47 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill ending a fight between the state's top school official and the Board of Education (all times local):
- Planned Parenthood sues Kansas for ending Medicaid funds Updated: May-04-16 7:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a decision by Kansas to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the abortion provider that was largely based on allegations lodged against its affiliates in other states.
- Faculty Senate expresses confidence in Ramsey at Louisville Updated: May-04-16 7:34 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - More than half of the University of Louisville Faculty Senate has cast votes of confidence in university President James Ramsey.
- Analysis adds fuel to fight over Illinois school funding Updated: May-04-16 7:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Wednesday released an analysis of a Democratic plan to change the way Illinois funds education, prompting more Republican criticism that it's a "major bailout" for Chicago Public Schools and fueling an increasingly contentious election-year fight.
- Mother of man shot by police appeals forced-settlement order Updated: May-04-16 7:30 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The mother of a black man who was shot and killed by police while holding a samurai sword gave notice Wednesday that she'll appeal a judge's order forcing her to accept a $900,000 settlement in a lawsuit over his death.
- Attorney's name removed from law building due to KKK ties Updated: May-04-16 7:28 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - The name of a founder of the University of Tulsa law school will be removed from the building because of his ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the private school announced Wednesday.
- The Latest: House rejects bill targeting illegal immigration Updated: May-04-16 7:26 pm
PHOENIX - The Latest on a bill in Arizona that would stiffen sentences for immigrants in the country illegally (all times local):