Legislature Headlines

  • Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

    The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson...

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  • Maldives parliament approves extension of state of emergency

    Maldives’ parliament on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency declared by the president to strengthen his power after the Supreme Court ordered the release of his imprisoned political opponents.

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  • US senator says $6B in aid for Jordan likely to rise

    The chairman of a U.S. Senate panel dealing with foreign aid says a recently signed agreement granting Jordan $1.275 billion a year through 2022 "is a floor" and that Congress is likely to authorize additional financial support for the kingdom. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South...

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  • Pennsylvania's new congressional map could boost Democrats

    Pennsylvania's high court imposed a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans can stop it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional...

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  • Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

    Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, a lawmaker said Tuesday, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia.

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  • Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

    Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia. Victoria state lawmaker Hong Lim's office said Tuesday that Kem Levy's wife and five children arrived in...

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  • Complaint filed against Idaho senator who yelled at students

    A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague. ...

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  • Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

    Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.

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  • Maldives president wants vote to extend state of emergency

    The president of the Maldives asked Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power, as political turmoil continued to churn in the Indian Ocean nation.

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  • Pakistan minister defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia

    Pakistan’s defense minister says the planned deployment of 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia does not violate a parliamentary resolution against taking part in combat operations in Yemen.

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  • Maldives president seeks extension to state of emergency

    The president of the Maldives asked Parliament on Monday to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power, as political turmoil continued to churn in the Indian Ocean nation. The 85-member Parliament was expected to vote on the proposal later Monday, one day before...

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  • Case against activists threatens Kuwait's political openness

    In Kuwait, activists have been gathering nightly to peacefully demonstrate against their government — something that elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula would see protesters tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and sentenced to prison.

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  • 2 Kuwait royals sentenced for insulting parliament speaker

    A lawyer says two Kuwaiti ruling family members have been found guilty of insulting the country's National Assembly speaker. Sheikh Athbi Al Sabah, a nephew of Kuwait's ruling emir and former head of Kuwait's National Security Office, and Sheikh Khalifa Al Sabah, the publisher of the...

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  • Maryland GOP candidate raffles off AR-15 assault weapon

    A Republican running for a Maryland legislative seat raffled off an AR-15 assault weapon at a Saturday night fundraiser, only days after the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school. The Baltimore Sun reported that about 15 people held a peaceful...

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  • Duckworth using pregnancy to educate male-dominated Senate

    Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraqi War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly-white, mostly-male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due...

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  • Trump vents frustration over Russia probe, rails against FBI

    Venting his fury over the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Sunday asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling, insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign and said "they are laughing their asses off in...

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  • Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence, Serbs boycott

    The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, convened in a special session Sunday to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence — a ceremony boycotted by the country's ethnic Serb lawmakers. Speaker Kadri Veseli pledged that "the second decade of independence would be focused on the economic...

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  • Dozens granted bail in Kuwait over 2011 parliament storming

    A judge in Kuwait has ordered dozens of politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail pending their appeal before the country's highest court. The order Sunday by Court of Cassation Judge Saleh al-Muraished frees 44 defendants...

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  • Q&A: Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

    Kenneth Chenault was chief executive officer and chairman of American Express until January 31. He had a 37-year career at the credit card company, including 17 years as CEO. In his last interview before retiring, Chenault talked to The Associated Press about the new tax law, being a black CEO,...

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  • Florida lawmakers struggle with how to respond to shooting

    Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the state Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Lawmakers have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session and normally are trying to wrap up work on a new state budget in the...

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  • School walkouts, sit-ins planned after Florida shooting

    The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female...

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  • Illinois Democratic congressman faces challenge from left

    A Lipinski has represented what's now Illinois' 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress' most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual...

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  • Senate hopeful Mitt Romney on immigration, Russia and guns

    As he launched his long-awaited U.S. Senate campaign in Utah, Mitt Romney spoke with The Associated Press about immigration, gun control, Russia and why he's running in Utah. Some highlights of the phone interview with Romney: IMMIGRATION Romney said he agrees with President Donald...

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  • Cats, dogs could receive ‘mouth-to-snout’ resuscitation under proposed CA law

    Firefighters broke the law to save little Jack from a Bakersfield house fire last summer. Jack, a small white dog, was resuscitated with oxygen and taken to a vet, where his singed paws and irritated lungs had time to recover. But under current laws, only licensed veterinarians can treat an animal, regardless of the situation. That could change with a bill introduced Friday in the state Senate by Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), who wants to legalize "mouth-to...

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