The Latest: Democrats not sure pot compromise possible soon

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont Gov. Phil Scott's veto of a marijuana legalization bill (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are questioni...

Backers of pot legalization hope for compromise in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Supporters of marijuana legalization are disappointed that Vermont's governor vetoed a bill to legalize it in the state but are hopeful that a compromise can be reached in the L...

World media reacts to Taiwan court ruling on same-sex marriage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices on Wednesday ruled the current civil law banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, ordering the legislature to either amend the ...

Wisconsin seeks to be first to drug test Medicaid applicants

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a ...

Tsai Tweets response to same-sex marriage ruling

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a tweet yesterday in response to the Council of Grand Justices' (大法官) ruling that the current civil law&...

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at th...

The Latest: Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont's governor vetoing a marijuana legalization bill (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill...

Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill, wants changes made

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday that he planned to veto a bill making Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to w...

Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)---The Constitutional Court has ruled this afternoon that the denial of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and same-sex couples have the right to marry. According to the stat...

Taiwan's constitutional court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Council of Grand Justices (大法官) ruled that the current civil law banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional and that the legislature has two years to ...

Bill could turn back page, return power to Texas board of ed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature is close to giving the state's often-combative Board of Education broader veto power over textbooks used across America's second-largest state. ...

Black caucus: White rep should resign over lynch comment

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. ...

High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral ma...

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and...

Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-ser...