Legislature

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Sen Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Corker says he will no longer block Persian Gulf nations from buying American-made lethal weapons even though the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors remains in a stalemate.. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
February 15, 2018 - 5:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after a key U.S. senator said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved. Last year, Senate...
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February 15, 2018 - 5:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislators sounded cautious and divided Thursday about the North Carolina lottery's latest pitch to expand online sales, with some worried it could cannibalize ticket sales at convenience stores and complicate flushing out illegal video sweepstakes parlors. The North Carolina...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., speaks during a news conference outside of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Rokita says excessive government spending is "choking our economy and stealing freedom." But the Republican apparently does not have the same concern over using public money to promoting his efforts in office. An Associated Press review finds Rokita has spent roughly $3 million on media campaigns, mailers and other forms of mass communication. He is vying to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
February 15, 2018 - 4:50 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Throughout his career in elected office, Indiana Senate candidate Todd Rokita has used apocalyptic language to warn of "out-of-control" government spending, which he once described as "choking our economy and stealing freedom." Yet whenever election season rolls around, the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, center, accompanied by state House Minority Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, right, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Joe Markosek, left, D-Allegheny, discuss state budget negotiations at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. It's deadline day in Pennsylvania's gerrymandering case for Democratic Gov. Wolf and others to submit maps of new congressional district boundaries that they want the state's Supreme Court to adopt. The midnight deadline Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, gives justices four more days to impose new boundaries, just three months before Pennsylvania's primary elections. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 15, 2018 - 4:44 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New proposals to redraw Pennsylvania's congressional districts rolled in Thursday in a high-stakes gerrymandering case, meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit maps of boundaries for the state Supreme Court to consider adopting for this year's election. Pennsylvania's...
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Attendees pray together at a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the Parkland Baptist Church, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
February 15, 2018 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun...
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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 photo, Hussain Razaee, whose fiancee was among 30 people killed last July when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a bus carrying employees of the Ministry of Mines, gives an interview to The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. Abdul Wadood Pedram, of the Kabul-based Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organization said, the statements not only include accounts of alleged atrocities by groups like the Taliban and the Islamic State, but also by Afghan Security Forces and government-affiliated warlords, the U.S.-led coalition, and foreign and domestic spy agencies. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
February 15, 2018 - 3:38 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims. The statements include accounts of alleged...
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February 15, 2018 - 1:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, saying claims it is an anti-discrimination effort are a masquerade. The suit against the state...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks to the media during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 15, 2018 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the gun control debate in Congress after the Florida school shooting (all times local): 1 p.m. Former President Barack Obama is calling for "common-sense gun safety laws" following Wednesday's school shooting in Florida. Obama tweeted Thursday: "We are grieving with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, supporters attend a rally held by Planned Parenthood, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The landmark 1973 decision affirmed a woman's right to have an abortion. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, Planned Parenthood announced an initiative of its own aimed at promoting reproductive health care initiatives in all 50 states over the coming months. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 15, 2018 - 11:20 am
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most...
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President Donald Trump, joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, speaks to media during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress about infrastructure in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 15, 2018 - 10:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local): 10:20 a.m. President Donald Trump says Congress should be — in his words — "strongly considering a system of Merit Based Immigration" as the Senate works on an immigration plan to protect young "Dreamers." The...
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