- Gov. Jay Inslee to sign new two-year state budget Updated: Jul-01-15 1:07 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - As a key deadline neared Tuesday night, Gov. Jay Inslee was expected to sign a $38.2 billion two-year state operating budget that cuts tuition for college students and puts more money toward the state's K-12 education system.
- How to help fishermen rescued from slavery at sea in SE Asia Updated: Jul-01-15 1:07 am
Aid groups are working to support and settle hundreds of men rescued from slavery at sea in Southeast Asia. The money will be used to help victims seek justice and rebuild lives.
- Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave Updated: Jul-01-15 12:57 am
TUAL, Indonesia - All he did was ask to go home.
- Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown Updated: Jul-01-15 12:55 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - An African-American church in South Carolina that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night, though authorities said it was too soon to say what caused the latest blaze, which broke out on a night of frequent storms. No one was believed to be inside at the time.
- New Delaware law allows immigrant driving cards Updated: Jun-30-15 11:19 pm
DOVER, Delaware - Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation allowing certain people living in the U.S. illegally to gain driving privileges in Delaware.
- Pennsylvania governor vetoes entire Republican budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 11:05 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made good on his threat and swiftly vetoed the Republican-crafted spending plan Tuesday night just hours after the GOP's huge majorities in the Legislature sent it to him on the last day of the state government's fiscal year.
- Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp Updated: Jun-30-15 10:58 pm
HONOLULU - A Hawaii state lawmaker is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp in Honolulu.
- The Latest: Maine Legislature OKs $100M in bond proposals Updated: Jun-30-15 10:55 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The latest on the Maine Legislature's rush to finish its work for the session (all times local):
- Kasich signs $71B, 2-year budget after vetoing 44 items Updated: Jun-30-15 10:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday signed a $71.2 billion, two-year state budget that continues his expansion of the Medicaid health program and provides an income-tax cut.
- Ohio lawmakers send anti-monopoly measure to fall ballot Updated: Jun-30-15 10:41 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - State lawmakers in Ohio sent a proposal to the fall ballot on Tuesday that would ban constitutional monopolies, an effort with the potential to scuttle marijuana legalization in the state.
- Hundreds of protesters rally outside Christie announcement Updated: Jun-30-15 9:26 pm
LIVINGSTON, New Jersey - The good vibes and enthusiasm that accompanied Republican Gov. Chris Christie's announcement that he's running for president Tuesday didn't extend outside Livingston High School, where hundreds of protesters gathered to take him to task on a number of fronts.
- Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT Updated: Jun-30-15 9:25 pm
NEW YORK - Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday - the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history.
- Gov. Inslee signs recreational marijuana reform bill Updated: Jun-30-15 9:11 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
- Family of immigrant killed by Wash. police gets documents Updated: Jun-30-15 9:01 pm
PASCO, Washington - The family of an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Pasco, Washington, has been given forensic reports and other documents from the investigation into his death.
- Smoking ban seems cause of 15-hour Australian prison riot Updated: Jun-30-15 8:56 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia - Australian authorities on Wednesday ended a 15-hour prison riot involving up to 300 inmates in Melbourne suspected to have been triggered by a ban on smoking.
- Milwaukee Co. Transit System prepares for drivers walkout Updated: Jun-30-15 8:55 pm
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Transit System prepared Tuesday to suspend service in anticipation of a walkout by bus drivers that would leave tens of thousands of riders without a low-cost transportation alternative.
- $15 minimum wage backers turn in 1st set of signatures Updated: Jun-30-15 8:52 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A group that wants to raise Oregon's minimum wage to $15 an hour says it's submitted its first batch of signatures.
- Missouri Supreme Court keeps farming, gun rights measures Updated: Jun-30-15 8:38 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld two constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to farm and the right to bear arms, but also said voters could go to court to challenge the summaries of ballot issues even after they've been approved by voters.
- Gov. Matt Mead creates panel to assess marijuana in Wyoming Updated: Jun-30-15 8:31 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is creating a council to gauge the effects of marijuana usage in the state ahead of a push for a legalization initiative that could put the issue before voters next year.
- Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse Updated: Jun-30-15 8:17 pm
GUNKANJIMA, Japan - Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.
- Snyder signs law to bar municipal wage, employment rules Updated: Jun-30-15 8:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a law prohibiting Michigan municipalities from requiring businesses to pay wages, benefits or provide sick days exceeding state or federal requirements.
- All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Jun-30-15 7:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.
- Trump's pageant woes mount with TV and contestant drop-outs Updated: Jun-30-15 7:52 pm
NEW YORK - Fallout from outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued to dog him Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with him and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which he partly owns.
- Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation Updated: Jun-30-15 7:37 pm
SEATTLE - The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.
- AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies Updated: Jun-30-15 7:35 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said.