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  • New Mexico Senate backs compromise on immigrant IDs 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 9:31 pm

    SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's Senate approved a bill Saturday that would bring New Mexico driver's licenses into compliance with federal REAL ID requirements.

  • Voter registration, litigation focus of "Moral March" 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 4:37 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Leaders of an annual march and rally to press for what they call progressive policies in North Carolina urged demonstrators Saturday to register voters and help them overcome hurdles at the ballot box, including photo ID.

  • The Latest: Barber says civil rights movement will win 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 2:20 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on the annual "Moral March on Raleigh," held Saturday in downtown Raleigh (all times local):

  • Republican group likens Clinton to Trump in advertisement story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 2:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is getting an assist from a Republican super PAC founded by a top strategist to former President George W. Bush.

  • Alabama among many states moving to block local wage laws 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:27 am

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Proposed legislation to block Alabama cities from establishing local minimum wages could derail plans for an hourly minimum of $10.10 in the state's largest city and follows a pattern of state legislatures considering measures to override the efforts of local governments.

  • Obama to push trade agenda at summit with Southeast Asia 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 1:06 am

    MANILA, Philippines - A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China.

  • Panel OKs revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill with fingerprints story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:51 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The latest on New Mexico lawmakers' REAL ID debate (all times local):

  • Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 7:00 pm

    LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved - a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels.

  • Drew Lewis, Reagan transport secretary during strike, dies story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 6:42 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Drew Lewis, a businessman who served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike, has died at age 84.

  • Californian deported to Turkey for supporting terrorism 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 6:08 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - A former California resident has been deported to Turkey for providing material support to terrorists.

  • Legislature could take $200 million from school districts 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:34 pm

    PHOENIX - Arizona school districts could lose more than $200 million a year if the Legislature passes a measure to phase out funding used to provide an equal opportunity education to minority students.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan.

  • House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program.

  • Bill would allow boards to send students to private schools 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:30 pm

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - A bill before lawmakers in New Hampshire would allow school boards to send students in towns without a public school for their grade to an approved non-religious private school.

  • Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.

  • Portugal's PM vows to press ahead with anti-austerity plans 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 8:02 am

    LISBON, Portugal - The Portuguese prime minister says he has taken note of European Union concerns about his debt-heavy country's spending plans but is determined to make his anti-austerity program work.

  • Debate Takeaways: Clinton, Sanders appeal to SC, Nevada story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 7:30 am

    MILWAUKEE - In the first Democratic presidential debate since Bernie Sanders' sweeping victory in New Hampshire's primary, the Vermont senator sought to build upon success and introduce himself to voters who may be open to an alternative to Iowa winner Hillary Clinton.

  • Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 7:29 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

  • Government spending boosted German economy in fourth quarter 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 4:29 am

    FRANKFURT, Germany - The German economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the quarter before thanks to higher consumer and government spending.

  • Congress bans import of forced labor products 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:19 am

    A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.

  • Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 9:44 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

  • Landry drops fight with Edwards over Common Core lawsuit 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 6:58 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general ended a political feud with the state's new governor on Thursday over Common Core, saying he agrees it is time to drop a lawsuit claiming that federal authorities were trying to force states to adopt the math and English education standards.

  • Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 6:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 5:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

  • Health care battle brewing between governors in Kentucky 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:22 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's two most recent governors went to war over the state's health care system Thursday, raising the stakes in a battle that could tarnish the legacy of the Obama administration's health care law.