- 5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood Updated: Aug-02-15 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
- Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants Updated: Aug-02-15 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
- New state law allows diabetics freedom to manage condition Updated: Aug-02-15 5:13 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A new state law allows diabetic students in Arkansas more freedom to manage their condition on their own at school.
- Canada PM triggers election with vote in October Updated: Aug-02-15 5:01 pm
TORONTO - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power.
- Judge to decide if ex-California lawmaker's trial proceeds Updated: Aug-02-15 4:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In a 10th floor room, overlooking the hotel's iconic dancing fountains, his plans folded.
- Efforts to repeal new tax could formally launch this week Updated: Aug-02-15 4:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Republicans angry that Nevada lawmakers approved a $1.1 billion tax package this spring, just months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike on the ballot, are launching efforts to repeal it and kick some of its backers out of office.
- WyoLotto officials paint new picture of lottery proceeds Updated: Aug-02-15 2:13 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - Proceeds from the new lottery will likely never meet the estimates projected by advocates in 2013 when the games of chance were legalized, lottery officials say.
- 2 Republicans, 2 Dems in primaries for Mississippi lt. gov Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A teacher who wants to dismantle the Common Core academic standards is trying to defeat Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary.
- Lawmakers review penalties to NC's first revenge pornography law Updated: Aug-02-15 12:53 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Lawmakers agree that North Carolina's first "revenge porn" law is a step toward ending the hurt and embarrassment that can come from having one's naked and confidential images posted online.
- GOP looks to sexual harassment settlement for advantage Updated: Aug-02-15 12:44 pm
FANCY FARM, Kentucky - A $400,000 payment to settle the sexual harassment claims of three current or former state workers played an outsized role in Kentucky's premier political event on Saturday, evidence Republicans believe they can use it to their advantage as they seek to capture the governor's mansion and the state House of Representatives.
- Questions, jockeying abound amid Tenn. Supreme Court vacancy Updated: Aug-02-15 11:59 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.
- Body cameras get little attention from NC lawmakers Updated: Aug-02-15 11:37 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - In the wake of unrest over police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, the trial of a former Charlotte police officer charged with manslaughter for the 2013 shooting of Jonathon Ferrell has been met with relative calm.
- Wolf plans to 'soon' unveil new choice to head state police Updated: Aug-02-15 11:18 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to name his pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, a decision sure to be closely scrutinized after his initial choice became the first such nominee to be voted down in recent memory.
- Lawmakers strive for agreement on budget shortfall Updated: Aug-02-15 11:06 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama legislators return to Montgomery on Monday looking for something that eluded them for the last several months: Agreement.
- Police shootings shape Oklahoma debate on police videos Updated: Aug-02-15 11:05 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The police shootings of unarmed black men in Tulsa and Ferguson, Missouri, played a role in negotiations over changes this spring to Oklahoma's Open Records Law regarding the public's access to police videos from dashboard or body cameras.
- Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.
- After rough budget, is Iowa Capitol getting more combative? Updated: Aug-02-15 10:20 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Gov. Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working these days.
- Legislator proposes exotic animal ban in wake of lion hunt Updated: Aug-02-15 5:13 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lions and tigers and bears - maybe in Oz, but not in Wisconsin if one Republican legislator gets his way.
- Sunday restaurant booze sales begin earlier in North Dakota Updated: Aug-02-15 2:04 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota restaurants can now serve alcohol on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. instead of noon.
- AG candidates take hard-hitting campaign to Fancy Farm Updated: Aug-01-15 11:18 pm
FANCY FARM, Kentucky - Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Whitney Westerfield traded pot shots Saturday at Kentucky's premier political showdown, where prosecutorial experience and claims of skipping work for pedicures spiced up their hard-hitting campaign for attorney general.
- US presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley visits Puerto Rico Updated: Aug-01-15 9:16 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley became the first Democratic presidential candidate to make a campaign stop in Puerto Rico this year as part of an effort to woo Latino voters.
- Idaho Falls police investigating bomb blast at law office Updated: Aug-01-15 6:20 pm
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Police officials are investigating a bomb blast at the front door of a law office in Idaho Falls.
- US government may end delays in paying counties for land Updated: Aug-01-15 5:47 pm
VAIL, Colorado - A proposal in Congress could end federal delays in paying counties the money they are owed for public land by extending funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools programs.
- Moulton says he'll support Iran deal as 'best viable option' Updated: Aug-01-15 4:22 pm
SALEM, Massachusetts - U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is among a handful of Congressional Democrats announcing their support for a nuclear deal with Iran since meeting with President Barack Obama this past week.
- Oregon bottle deposit hike likely as redemption falls Updated: Aug-01-15 3:05 pm
SALEM, Oregon - New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit, putting the state on track to double the deposit to 10 cents per bottle in 2017.