- GOP lawmaker introduces high-capacity well bill Updated: Oct-08-15 9:32 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would overhaul Wisconsin's high-capacity well regulations.
- California to phase out microbeads used in soaps, toothpaste Updated: Oct-08-15 9:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.
- Governor signs bills in aftermath of Santa Barbara oil spill Updated: Oct-08-15 8:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills Thursday aimed at preventing oil spills, minimizing the damage they cause and speeding cleanups in the wake of a pipeline rupture that poured more than 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast in May.
- Kansas judges plan new lawsuit over judicial funding Updated: Oct-08-15 8:33 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Four judges who sued Kansas over the Legislature's move to defund the state judiciary's budget voluntarily withdrew their lawsuit Thursday after the state moved it to federal court, and they instead plan to file new claims in district court.
- NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home Updated: Oct-08-15 8:21 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum hourly wage is spurring similar efforts in other states even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's effort to enact a $15 wage for all workers faces vocal opposition at home.
- McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker Updated: Oct-08-15 8:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress.
- Nebraska Innovation Campus to open, but challenges remain Updated: Oct-08-15 8:08 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The University of Nebraska's new research park will open to the public Friday, with promises that it will foster new partnerships between businesses and university researchers.
- Ethics Lawyer: Paul Davis can stay on voter rules lawsuit Updated: Oct-08-15 8:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Former Democratic lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis can continue as an attorney in a federal lawsuit challenging voter registration restrictions, an attorney for the Kansas Ethics Commission said Thursday.
- Blatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned Updated: Oct-08-15 7:57 pm
ZURICH - Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.
- Al Franken working on book about his years in Washington Updated: Oct-08-15 7:52 pm
NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Al Franken is not done with his career as an author.
- Appeals court puts brakes on suit between lawmakers, schools Updated: Oct-08-15 7:41 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Court of Appeals is blocking schools from collecting hundreds of millions of dollars a trial court ordered the Legislature to pay while it considers an appeal.
- Senate leader calls for audit of early childhood fund Updated: Oct-08-15 7:33 pm
PHOENIX - Senate President Andy Biggs wants Arizona's early childhood development program audited after its board voted to oppose his plan to take much of its voter-approved funding.
- Minnesota partisan divide to remain in new Senate office Updated: Oct-08-15 7:26 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's now-scattered 67 state senators are planning their move into offices under one roof for the first time anyone can recall.
- Ross, considering bid to unseat Burr, putting together team Updated: Oct-08-15 6:47 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A former North Carolina legislator appears to be taking the next steps toward running for U.S. Senate in 2016 and attempting to unseat Republican incumbent Richard Burr.
- California grooms utility giants to compete against Big Oil Updated: Oct-08-15 6:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California wants more drivers to dump the pump.
- Snyder supports switching Flint water system back to Detroit Updated: Oct-08-15 6:30 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday called for Flint to switch back to Detroit's water system to address a public health emergency over lead and grapple with broader concerns about the effects of the aging pipes distributing the city's water supply.
- Arkansas court tosses conviction in woman's meth case Updated: Oct-08-15 6:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after giving birth to a baby with methamphetamine in his system.
- NATO leaves door open for troops to remain in Afghanistan Updated: Oct-08-15 5:45 pm
BRUSSELS - Urged on by the United States, NATO is open to keeping more troops in Afghanistan than initially planned after 2016, but officials said Thursday the alliance is waiting for the Obama administration to announce its decision on a larger military presence there.
- Analysts: Court ruling fuels bid to impeach Brazil president Updated: Oct-08-15 5:39 pm
SAO PAULO - President Dilma Rousseff's ability to govern Brazil has been dealt a serious blow by a federal audit court ruling that her government violated accounting practices and financial laws last year, a decision that could fuel efforts to impeach her, analysts said Thursday.
- Judges say crumbling San Antonio courthouse is unsafe Updated: Oct-08-15 5:33 pm
SAN ANTONIO - Members of the Texas Congressional delegation are trying to get approval and funding for a new federal courthouse in San Antonio to replace a building that judges who work there say is crumbling and unsafe.
- Food aid in jeopardy for more North Carolina healthy adults Updated: Oct-08-15 5:29 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Get a part-time job, get training, start volunteering or lose your food stamps: That's the message from Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and North Carolina lawmakers to certain healthy adults who have no dependents.
- Wisconsin DOT announces additional road project delays Updated: Oct-08-15 4:59 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced additional road project delays caused by a lack of funding.
- Former US Rep. John Dingell, 89, getting heart pacemaker Updated: Oct-08-15 4:38 pm
DETROIT - Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, is having a pacemaker placed in his heart.
- VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault Updated: Oct-08-15 4:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.
- EPA pushes for 'smart thermostats' as way to limit pollution Updated: Oct-08-15 4:06 pm
CHICAGO - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health.