- California school district sued over graduation dress code Updated: Jun-02-15 4:05 am
SAN FRANCISCO - Attorneys for a Native American student who sued his California school district over its refusal to let him wear an eagle feather during his high school graduation ceremony, will ask a judge to order the school to allow him to wear the feather.
- Judge's rewrite of ballot title is final, attorneys argue Updated: Jun-01-15 7:41 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi attorney general's office and attorneys for an Oxford parent say there's no legal right for anyone - including legislators - to appeal a circuit judge's rewriting of a short description for one of the two school funding proposals on the ballot this November.
- Campaign seeks to put Nebraska's death penalty on the ballot Updated: Jun-01-15 6:04 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Death penalty supporters on Monday announced a campaign to ask voters to reinstate capital punishment in Nebraska after lawmakers voted to abolish it.
- Maine Republicans deeply divided over potential budget deal Updated: Jun-01-15 2:30 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A potential state budget deal crafted by the leaders in Maine's Democrat-controlled House and GOP-led Senate that would lower the sales tax and make it harder for future lawmakers to raise income taxes revealed deep divisions within the Republican Party on Monday.
- New Mexico search, seizure laws don't apply at border Updated: May-30-15 5:38 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's highest court ruled Thursday that the state's protections against search and seizure do not apply at international border checkpoints.
- Constitutional amendment may pump billions into Texas roads Updated: May-30-15 3:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a sweeping plan to potentially boost transportation funding by billions of dollars - hoping to bolster the state's traffic-clogged roads and highways.
- LePage vows to veto Democratic bills until tax plan passes Updated: May-29-15 5:32 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage vowed Friday to veto every Democratic-sponsored bill that gets to his desk for the rest of the time he's in office unless the Legislature agrees to let residents weigh in on whether to get rid of the income tax.
- Texas House OKs ending Austin residency rule for politicians Updated: May-27-15 7:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow statewide officeholders to live somewhere other than Austin.
- Agent who shot into Mexico, killed teen wants case dismissed Updated: May-26-15 7:56 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A federal judge is considering throwing out a civil rights lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border on grounds that the boy was in Mexico at the time and therefore wasn't protected by the U.S. Constitution.
- What does Ireland vote say about US debate on gay marriage? Updated: May-25-15 6:14 pm
NEW YORK - Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. A look at some of the parallels and contrasts in the two countries' situations:
- Police arrest man after car involved in 2 police chases Updated: May-25-15 12:55 pm
ATLANTA - Officials said a state trooper fired at a suspect during a chase, but no one was injured.
- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-23-15 12:36 pm
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Saturday's referendum result to legalize gay marriage represents a stunning triumph for gay rights activists following decades of struggle to gain greater rights and respect.
- Nevada Legislature rushes to vote out bills on deadline day Updated: May-23-15 1:56 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers rushed to vote dozens of bills out of the Senate and Assembly as they faced down a major deadline.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 10:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer.
- 1 dead in Burundi unrest; leader delays parliamentary vote Updated: May-20-15 5:14 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi police fired live bullets, tear gas and tossed a grenade Wednesday to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over the president's bid for a third term in office. One soldier died while trying to stop the police barrage, a captain said.
- Hunting constitutional amendment clears Texas Legislature Updated: May-20-15 1:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens' right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
- Oregon House asks voters for authority to impeach governor Updated: May-19-15 6:41 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon voters may be deciding whether state legislators should have power to impeach the governor and other elected officials from the executive branch after the state House approved a resolution Tuesday sending a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot in 2016.
- Thailand's government approves referendum on constitution Updated: May-19-15 6:39 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Tuesday approved holding a referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister said, but he indicated that the decision could delay a general election.
- USS Constitution prepares move to dry dock for restoration Updated: May-17-15 12:45 pm
BOSTON - Preparations are underway for the USS Constitution's move to dry dock for major restoration.
- Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising Updated: May-16-15 1:34 pm
Here are some key events from more than four years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:
- Bills on breastfeeding, booze sales move through Legislature Updated: May-16-15 9:20 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Talk of the state budget has dominated the 2015 legislative session in New Hampshire, with other high-profile items such as casino gambling and changes to the state's marijuana laws occasionally stealing the spotlight.
- Time limits on ballot language challenges sent to governor Updated: May-15-15 2:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon a measure Friday that supporters say would make things easier for county clerks and prevent reprinting costs when ballot measures are changed by courts close to an election.
- Ohio's auditor takes aim at special-interest ballot issues Updated: May-14-15 6:32 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's auditor wants to ban certain amendments to the state Constitution and is seeking a state constitutional amendment to do so.
- Japan's Cabinet endorses bills to allow greater defense role Updated: May-14-15 8:31 am
TOKYO - Japan's Cabinet endorsed a set of defense bills Thursday that would allow the country's military to operate under a broader definition of self-defense and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion.