Humbled Illinois governor admits errors, pleads for 2nd term

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A humbled Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the most endangered state executives in the country, promised Thursday to be less confrontational and more understanding of his po...

After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carol...

Arrest warrant for Arizona lawmaker who bragged of speeding

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for an Arizona state lawmaker who generated national headlines after a video captured him bragging about driving more than 120 mph (193...

9 more foreigners granted Taiwanese citizenship without surrendering original nationality

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Nine additional foreign professionals have just officially received Taiwanese citizenship, without having to surrender their original nationality, announced the ...

Priest arrested in diocese of US cardinal leading pope visit

HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doi...

Forrest's relatives seek millions to move grave from park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest are demanding $30 million from the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and a nonprofit to move his remains from a park and settle ...

Nebraska's top court: Voters to decide on expanding Medicaid

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that voters will decide in November whether to expand Medicaid in the state. The court's rejection of a Republican-led lawsu...

Cambodian prime minister says 'let us fix our own problems'

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has slammed criticism by outsiders of political issues in the Mekong region, saying it should be left to solve its own problems. ...

Afghan refugee wins New Hampshire statehouse primary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 27-year-old Afghan refugee has ousted a four-term incumbent in the Democratic primary for a seat in the New Hampshire legislature. The Concord Monitor reports ...

Wisconsin GOP Senate hopes rely on underdog Leah Vukmir

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican trying to knock off Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is used to being the underdog. Leah Vukmir wasn't given much of a chance in last month's primary ...

Peru's president says could even close Congress

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's President Martin Vizcarra says he'll use everything in his power to push for a public referendum on anti-corruption measures — and he's leaving open the possibility he could e...

Sadler encourages NASCAR to make big bet on gambling

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elliott Sadler wants NASCAR to roll the dice. Or at least, he figures, a few betting windows can be added to race tracks across America. Amid sa...

Nebraska prison cell doors suddenly open, sparking fracas

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — The doors on 16 cells at a prison that has a history of riots unexpectedly opened Friday, leading to one inmate being attacked and seriously injured and a fire set inside the pri...

Kansas environmentalists decry order on injection wells

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas utility regulators have rejected environmentalists' request that more than 2,100 permits for injection wells be revoked because some of them did not follow regulations on th...

Teacher strikes, unrest hit West Coast as unions flex muscle

SEATTLE (AP) — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. ...