- White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip Updated: Aug-30-15 7:27 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.
- Opinion polls predict tight race, fractured Parliament Updated: Aug-30-15 5:47 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Several opinion polls released over the weekend, 3 weeks ahead of Greece's snap election, show a tight race and no overall majority in a Parliament even more fractured than the previous one.
- Relatives mad after court blocks suits over hospital deaths Updated: Aug-30-15 4:55 pm
CHILLICOTHE, Missouri - Relatives are outraged after the Missouri Supreme Court decided wrongful death litigation can't go forward against a northwest Missouri hospital where a nurse is accused of intentionally killing patients more than a decade ago.
- Analysis: Detailed state agency budgets available online Updated: Aug-30-15 4:46 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - For political junkies who can't get enough of the legislative budgeting process or for average folks just curious about how much money is being requested by Mississippi government agencies, the website http://www.lbo.ms.gov is just the ticket.
- Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November Updated: Aug-30-15 3:14 pm
CAIRO - Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent.
- Loophole in state electric car tax law Updated: Aug-30-15 2:46 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A new state law requiring owners of electric cars to pay a fee has an unintended loophole that one lawmaker says should be fixed.
- Lebanon parliament chief promises talks on political impasse Updated: Aug-30-15 1:14 pm
BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament speaker on Sunday promised high-level talks to try to find a way out of long-running political gridlock that sparked large anti-government protests, including this weekend.
- Mothers, students join Japan's protests over security bills Updated: Aug-30-15 12:28 pm
TOKYO - Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, holding up anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies to the beat of a drum.
- Ex-Dayton mayor named to Democratic National Committee role Updated: Aug-30-15 12:14 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - A former Dayton mayor and ex-legislator in Ohio will serve in a position at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in Minneapolis.
- Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
CHICAGO - The owner of Illinois' 11 nuclear reactors must decide next month whether to close its Quad Cities plant, one of three generating stations Exelon Corp. has said are in danger of closing if lawmakers don't approve a surcharge on electric bills to boost profits.
- New ND law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide.
- Iowa City police officers now equipped with body cameras Updated: Aug-30-15 11:21 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Every officer in the Iowa City Police Department is now equipped with a body camera, and police have a new policy governing their use.
- Fate of 2011 legislative, congressional maps back in court Updated: Aug-30-15 11:13 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's boundaries for General Assembly and congressional seats were drawn four years ago by Republican legislators and have been used in the past two election cycles, helping bolster GOP electoral gains.
- Elections board to stop enforcing aggregate limit for donors Updated: Aug-30-15 10:40 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island's Board of Elections says it won't enforce a campaign finance law that a major Republican donor says he intentionally violated to prod the state into acknowledging it's unconstitutional.
- Higher marriage fees, prison reforms among new Nebraska laws Updated: Aug-30-15 10:38 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A host of new laws took effect Sunday in Nebraska, leading to changes ranging from costlier marriage licenses to expanded opportunities for nonviolent prisoners to be released for parole and probation.
- Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court Updated: Aug-30-15 10:34 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Kids who were barely a month into their first year of high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began are now seniors - and there's still no end in sight.
- A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights Updated: Aug-30-15 10:34 am
AUSTIN, Texas - A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court - the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:
- Administrative rule would allow community members to teach Updated: Aug-29-15 7:07 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Gov. Jack Dalrymple is expected to sign off on an emergency administrative rule change that will allow community members to temporarily fill vacant teaching positions.
- Lawmakers urge lifting immunity of Guatemalan president Updated: Aug-29-15 6:04 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - A legislative commission on Saturday urged Guatemala's congress to lift President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case that has already seen his former vice president jailed and much of his cabinet resign.
- Montana AG will not investigate Utah lawmaker Updated: Aug-29-15 4:01 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Attorney General's Office will not investigate fraud claims against a Utah lawmaker leading a push for western states to take control of federal public lands.
- Kansas headed toward another school finance debate next year Updated: Aug-29-15 3:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about drafting another one next year.
- Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles Updated: Aug-29-15 2:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.
- GOP Senate candidates slam Obama, "Washington Republicans" Updated: Aug-29-15 2:01 pm
TAMPA, Florida - They railed against the Obama administration's foreign policy. They scolded "Washington Republicans." And they decried the $18 trillion national debt and the dysfunction of a Congress that cannot get anything done.
- Illinois will be first state to lock painkiller pill bottles Updated: Aug-29-15 1:55 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.
- Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal Updated: Aug-29-15 1:29 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.