- Arkansas leaders try to diffuse war of words on gay marriage Updated: Jul-03-15 5:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on gay marriage nationwide has bubbled over into a war of words between the state's legislative and executive branches.
- Nebraska AG says university violated open meetings act Updated: Jul-03-15 4:14 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's attorney general says the University of Nebraska violated the state's open meetings law when it held private meetings as part of its search for a new president.
- Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts Updated: Jul-03-15 3:11 pm
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.
- Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license Updated: Jul-03-15 2:20 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she'll veto it.
- S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president Updated: Jul-03-15 11:34 am
JOHANNESBURG - An opposition party filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest.
- Germany wants quick clarification of new NSA spy allegations Updated: Jul-03-15 8:32 am
BERLIN - Germany's foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones need to be clarified "as quickly as possible" and that he hoped Washington would be forthcoming with information.
- Report: No evidence IRS employees told to destroy info Updated: Jul-02-15 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Investigators found no evidence that IRS employees were told to destroy or hide information from Congress, the Justice Department or an inspector general in the probe of erased emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal, according to an internal report released late Thursday.
- Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net Updated: Jul-02-15 5:03 pm
Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.
- Utah denies proposed ballot initiative imposing term limits Updated: Jul-02-15 3:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's elections office has rejected a proposed initiative petition to impose term limits on those appointed to serve on hundreds of state boards and commissions.
- Second lobbying complaint contends CSKT omitted reports Updated: Jul-02-15 1:55 pm
HELENA, Montana - A second complaint has been lodged with the state contending the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes omitted reports of their lobbying efforts at the Montana Legislature this year.
- Justice of the Peace disciplined for misconduct in office Updated: Jul-02-15 6:14 am
PHOENIX - The judge who oversees the Superior-Kearny Justice Court has been formally censured for misconduct in office by the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct.
- Guatemala court revives study on ending president's immunity Updated: Jul-01-15 11:44 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's constitutional court on Wednesday revived a process that could strip President Otto Perez Molina of immunity from prosecution amid growing corruption scandals.
- Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills Updated: Jul-01-15 10:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
- Ex-NY senator gets 7 years in prison for mayoral race plot Updated: Jul-01-15 8:38 pm
WHITE PLAINS, New York - Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison in a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election.
- Number of wiretaps in Kansas surge in drug investigations Updated: Jul-01-15 7:07 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The number of wiretaps sought by law enforcement officials and authorized by federal judges in Kansas surged in 2014 to the highest level in years, despite a slight decrease nationwide, according to a government report released Wednesday.
- House Republicans seek vote after 10 Commandments ruling Updated: Jul-01-15 6:38 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman is joining the growing chorus of Republican legislators demanding action after the Supreme Court's decision to order the Ten Commandments monument removed from the Capitol grounds.
- Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling to felon Updated: Jul-01-15 6:35 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Owners of a southeast Kansas gun shop sued for selling a weapon that a man used to kill himself and his 8-year-old son have reached a $132,000 settlement with the child's mother, according to lawyers in the case.
- New Oklahoma laws target gun safety, ridesharing programs Updated: Jul-01-15 4:57 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of new laws went into effect Wednesday in Oklahoma, including one that sets up regulations for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft and another that requires courts to report certain information for background checks on gun buyers.
- Legislative all-nighter: 'Nasty things slip through' Updated: Jul-01-15 4:37 pm
SEATTLE - When lawmakers race to pass budgets and bills by working into the early morning hours, as they did Tuesday and Wednesday, advocates of open government say they are working in the dark in more ways than one.
- Brother of indicted former Senate leader retiring as judge Updated: Jul-01-15 4:23 pm
MINEOLA, New York - The brother of state Sen. Dean Skelos is retiring as a judge.
- Kansas residents have higher taxes but less gun regulation Updated: Jul-01-15 2:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday.
- Survey: US political and generation gaps on science issues Updated: Jul-01-15 11:06 am
WASHINGTON - Age divides Americans on science issues just as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows.
- Sept. hearing set on ethics charges against Marmet mayor Updated: Jul-01-15 9:21 am
MARMET, West Virginia - The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.
- 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):
- 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.