Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 17 The Wall Street Journal on President Obama's decision to commute the ...

Texas House speaker pans bathroom bill, exposes GOP divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A powerful Texas Republican says a proposal barring transgender people from using public restrooms of their choice statewide is bad for business. It's a sentimen...

North Carolina business increasingly refereed with a gavel

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As North Carolina's political split widens, state business is increasingly being refereed with a judge's gavel. A law approved by Republicans last month restrict...

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker ...

DeVos: Won't dismantle public schools as education secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about he...

Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador

TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite reg...

Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as US ambassador

TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite...

DeVos to push for school choice amid opposition from unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos says a one size-fits-all model of learning doesn't work and that she would promote charter, magnet, religious and other altern...

Piano Guys say inaugural performance isn't Trump endorsement

NEW YORK (AP) — The Piano Guys are saying their decision to perform at an event marking the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump is not a political endorsement. The Utah-based g...

DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary. Such a move is certain to bring pushback from teach...

Training aims to help police better serve LGBT community

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence police are introducing additional training to help officers interact with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Mayor Jorge Elorza ...

Inaugural concert to feature Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's inaugural welcome concert next week will feature country star Toby Keith, singer Jennifer Holliday and actor Jon Voight, organizers announced Friday. ...

Backlash in Texas over anti-LGBT bill begins with author

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Backlash over Texas' efforts to adopt anti-LGBT bathroom laws has begun, with a best-selling author snubbing lawmakers and Dallas civic leaders warning major sporting events could...

Gay teacher sues over firing from North Carolina high school

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A gay teacher has sued a Roman Catholic school in North Carolina for firing him after he announced his wedding to a man. The lawsuit argues Charlotte Catholic Hi...

Text of Obama's farewell speech as prepared for delivery

The text of President Barack Obama's farewell speech Tuesday night in Chicago, as prepared for delivery. ___ It's good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and...