- Booker, Warner, Heitkamp to support Iran nuclear deal Updated: Sep-03-15 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear agreement gained the backing of three more senators - Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
- California lawmakers push to ban drones over schools, jails Updated: Sep-03-15 3:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers have advanced a pair of bills to keep drones away from schools and jails.
- Honolulu City Council overrides mayor's veto of sit-lie ban Updated: Sep-03-15 8:34 am
HONOLULU - Honolulu is expanding its ban on sitting and lying down in public to more pedestrian malls, despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell's veto.
- Albany Common Council passes gun storage safety legislation Updated: Sep-03-15 6:22 am
ALBANY, New York - Lawmakers in New York's capital city voted to approve legislation requiring Albany gun owners to secure their firearms in a safe or with a trigger lock whenever the weapon is out of their "immediate possession or control."
- New Jersey guards information on oil trains in state Updated: Sep-03-15 1:31 am
Trains carry highly flammable Bakken crude oil from the Upper Midwest into New Jersey regularly - much of it headed to refineries in Linden and Paulsboro.
- Rauner wins labor fight; Illinois House fails override Updated: Sep-02-15 9:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner won a victory over a Democratic majority Wednesday when the Illinois House failed to override his veto of legislation designed to prevent a strike or lockout if union contract negotiations break down.
- Sweeney, Dems push Christie to sign changes to voting law Updated: Sep-02-15 7:07 pm
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - Key New Jersey lawmakers say Gov. Chris Christie should sign legislation to modernize laws governing the state's elections.
- Protesters back bill spurred by recent police shootings Updated: Sep-02-15 6:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement's acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor's office urging the Legislature to take action on a bill to require better oversight of police interactions with the public.
- The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House Updated: Sep-02-15 6:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):
- Lawmakers advance protection for transgender Californians Updated: Sep-02-15 5:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers have approved two bills aimed at offering greater legal protection and benefits to transgender Californians.
- Lawmakers approve charity raffles for major league sports Updated: Sep-02-15 5:37 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's major league sports clubs could conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues under legislation approved Wednesday.
- Montana insists it can't release child death information Updated: Sep-02-15 5:20 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana child welfare officials have reiterated their position that state law prohibits disclosure of information about child abuse deaths despite a warning from the federal government that continued secrecy could jeopardize grant money.
- Lawmakers push public retirement funds to divest from coal Updated: Sep-02-15 4:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a plan to force the state's two largest public pension funds to divest from coal holdings.
- California seeks to tighten ban on importing, selling ivory Updated: Sep-02-15 4:34 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are moving to prohibit the sale of old ivory, as lawmakers voted Wednesday to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn.
- N. Carolina weighing single March 2016 primary for all races Updated: Sep-02-15 4:07 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislators are considering whether to move all primary elections next year to March, not just the presidential primaries, key House and Senate leaders said Wednesday.
- Kansas Supreme Court won't take up abortion lawsuit for now Updated: Sep-02-15 3:32 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court is refusing for now to review a district court judge's order blocking the nation's first ban on a common second trimester procedure, despite requests from both sides.
- Man sentenced to 10 to 32 years in brother-in-law's slaying Updated: Sep-02-15 2:40 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania - A man who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his brother-in-law during a family party over the Labor Day weekend last year has been sentenced to 10 to 32 years in prison.
- Attorney general clears most proposed state ballot questions Updated: Sep-02-15 2:08 pm
BOSTON - The state's attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures before Massachusetts voters next year.
- Republican bills target Planned Parenthood federal funding Updated: Sep-02-15 1:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would be cut under two Republican-backed bills heard Wednesday by a state Assembly committee, measures that come as the Legislature also considers criminalizing research on aborted fetal tissue.
- A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal Updated: Sep-02-15 1:05 pm
Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.
- Results show students struggle with new standardized test Updated: Sep-02-15 12:58 pm
WILMINGTON, Delaware - There's good news and bad news in Delaware students' performance on a new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards.
- Manchester teachers get contract after second veto by mayor Updated: Sep-02-15 7:59 am
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Teachers in New Hampshire's largest city have started school, one day after the city approved a new contract over the objection of Mayor Ted Gatsas.
- California lawmakers advance aid-in-dying bill on second try Updated: Sep-01-15 7:46 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday that would allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending medications, after an effort to pass a similar right-to-die bill stalled in the Legislature.
- Brown extends California colleges' reach in sexual assaults Updated: Sep-01-15 7:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation allowing California community colleges to suspend or expel students for off-campus sexual assaults.
- Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig for Guantanamo detainees Updated: Sep-01-15 5:53 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.