- Last-minute budget changes made amid corporate concerns Updated: Jun-01-15 11:16 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says changes have been made to the Democrats' proposed two-year, $40 billion budget that prompted three major Connecticut companies to voice strong opposition, two saying they might consider leaving the state.
- California bill aims to protect immigrant crime victims Updated: Jun-01-15 7:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California state Senate has approved a bill to help immigrant victims of crime avoid detention and deportation.
- House passes bill to add 'flexibility' to fishing law Updated: Jun-01-15 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Monday approved a bill to give regional fisheries managers more power to set local fishing levels in federal waters.
- Another Arizona immigration law dismantled by the courts Updated: Jun-01-15 6:37 pm
PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts.
- Obama muses about his legacy, offers counterpoint to GOP Updated: Jun-01-15 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is not shy about defining his achievements and casting them in the most positive light, yet he is loath to talk about his "legacy."
- Obama administration approves first waiver for tribal school Updated: Jun-01-15 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration for the first time on Monday granted an Indian tribe's school flexibility from some of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law.
- French minister: 2015 climate deal must avoid US Congress Updated: Jun-01-15 1:11 pm
BONN, Germany - The global climate agreement being negotiated this year must be worded in such a way that it doesn't require approval by the U.S. Congress, the French foreign minister said Monday.
- Walker says Paul not helped by Patriot Act position Updated: Jun-01-15 12:15 pm
DELAVAN, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he does not think Rand Paul's opposition to allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk is not helping the Kentucky senator's presidential run.
- US construction jumped 2.2 percent in April Updated: Jun-01-15 10:18 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. construction spending climbed in April to the highest level in more than six years, fueled by healthy gains in housing, government spending and non-residential construction.
- South Korea, China sign free trade deal Updated: Jun-01-15 5:52 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and China signed a free trade deal Monday that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades.
- Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight Updated: Jun-01-15 12:03 am
WASHINGTON - Parts of post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act expire as Senate fails to act before midnight.
- Obama's trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House Updated: May-31-15 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON - After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.
- Shifting economic development cash to roads sparks fight Updated: May-31-15 5:05 am
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - A theme at this year's gathering of business and political leaders on Mackinac Island was "cohesion" - a commitment to be unified on long-term strategies to improve Michigan.
- Russia's Putin shut out from G-7 meeting, but not much else Updated: May-31-15 1:41 am
WASHINGTON - Russia's Vladimir Putin won't be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.
- Kentucky GOP embraces Bevin's candidacy at annual dinner Updated: May-30-15 9:29 pm
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - In one year, Matt Bevin has gone from party crasher to party leader.
- Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire Updated: May-30-15 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.
- US, Iran hold 'intense' nuclear talks month before deadline Updated: May-30-15 2:56 pm
GENEVA - A month away from a nuclear deal deadline, U.S. and Iranian diplomats tried to narrow differences over how quickly to ease economic penalties against Tehran and how significantly the Iranians must open up military facilities to international inspections. American officials described the session as "at times intense."
- AP Interview: France warns climate change threatens security Updated: May-30-15 1:22 pm
PARIS - Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday - adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills Updated: May-30-15 9:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.
- Latest on Hastert: Boehner 'shocked' by reports Updated: May-29-15 7:26 pm
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- Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act Updated: May-29-15 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON - Blaming a "handful of senators" for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.
- Report: Jindal's attack against Rand Paul 'raises questions' Updated: May-29-15 6:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's government watchdog said Gov. Bobby Jindal's use of state resources to politically attack Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul raises questions.
- Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors Updated: May-29-15 5:28 pm
HAVANA - The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
- Paul claims new momentum ahead of second Senate showdown Updated: May-29-15 4:44 pm
CHICAGO - A confident Rand Paul claimed new momentum Friday in his fight against government surveillance programs, just days ahead of his second Capitol Hill showdown in as many weeks.
- Report: Health insurer Humana considering a sale Updated: May-29-15 4:19 pm
Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation's biggest health insurers, might be up for sale.