California lawmaker under fire over net neutrality

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has g...

Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punish...

Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Larkin spent 23 years in the U.S. Army before starting a second career in politics as a state lawmaker in the New York Legislature, arriving in 1979. Looking...

Taiwan President thankful for completion of military pension reform

President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday apologized for the impact of the newly-adopted pension system on military veterans and thanked them for understanding the urgent need for reform. Tsai held a...

Judge appears skeptical of Trump suit against California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical of some of the Trump administration's key arguments for seeking to block three California laws intended to protect immigrants, questioning the...

Nebraska advances execution plans despite secrecy concerns

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are forging ahead with plans to execute the state's longest-serving death-row inmate without disclosing where they obtained lethal injection drugs, despite a ju...

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats hoped a Wisconsin case would be the vehicle the U.S. Supreme Court would use to strike down highly partisan gerrymandering of electoral maps. When thos...

Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to ...

Who and what are behind Germany's government crisis?

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, taking office in March after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with...

3 Democrats look to make history in Wisconsin governor race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin's first black governor. Meanwhile, Kathleen Vinehout and Kelda Roys —...

Texas governor's plan after Santa Fe shooting meets pushback

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says gun rights are safe on his watch amid pushback to some of his safety proposals after a high school shooting that left 10 people dead. ...

Bill passage seen as increasing China's hold over Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill that will allow Chinese authorities to enforce their own laws within a portion of the semi-autonomous territory. Independen...

Bill to create Jamaican Bobsled Team license plate approved

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Legislature has approved a measure that would allow the state to issue special Jamaican Bobsled Team license plates. The Democrat-controlled Assembly...

Brothel owner who won primary shunned by Nevada GOP brass

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof said Wednesday the "establishment got crushed" when he knocked off an incumbent Republican in a state legislative primary. But now t...

Bold California initiative to split state in 3 faces hurdles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coas...