- Key developments following North Korea's rocket launch Updated: Feb-10-16 5:06 am
North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket has drawn sharp condemnations and threats of new sanctions. World leaders say Sunday's launch violated a U.N. ban on Pyongyang's use of ballistic missile technology. North Korea says the launch of a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, is part of a peaceful space program.
- Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions Updated: Feb-10-16 3:51 am
WASHINGTON - The Senate is considering hitting North Korea with more stringent sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's satellite launch and technical advances that U.S. intelligence agencies say the reclusive Asian nation is making in its nuclear weapons program.
- Yellen to face Congress amid uncertainty on Fed rate policy Updated: Feb-10-16 3:11 am
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will address Congress on Wednesday at a time of deepening uncertainty about the Fed's interest rate policies.
- Special election held for 2 vacancies in Legislature Updated: Feb-10-16 1:52 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Unofficial election results show voters in the Twin Cities suburbs have picked two Republicans to fill vacancies at the Minnesota Legislature.
- New Mexico House approves ethics commission plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:56 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
- Senate approves online voter registration bill Updated: Feb-09-16 11:17 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow Wisconsin residents to register to vote online, putting the state on track to join 30 other states that offer online registration.
- House tax break bill would mean $23M for Maine schools Updated: Feb-09-16 8:23 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are divided along party lines over whether to carry over several personal and business tax breaks to state income tax returns after Congress revived the expired breaks in December.
- Exit of California Senate candidate could help ailing GOP Updated: Feb-09-16 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - The sudden withdrawal of one of the Republican candidates in California's U.S. Senate race could help a party that's been battered in recent statewide elections, although Democrats remain favorites to hold the seat now occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer.
- Indiana's Pence changes running mate before election Updated: Feb-09-16 7:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said Tuesday she is stepping aside as Gov. Mike Pence's running mate in an unusual move that allows a former state Republican Party chairman to join the ticket with the governor for a tough re-election campaign.
- North Carolina takes map delay request to US Supreme Court Updated: Feb-09-16 7:25 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The federal court that struck down two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina refused Tuesday to delay its order demanding that new boundaries be drawn in barely a week's time.
- Obama admin says it won't use Ebola funding to combat Zika Updated: Feb-09-16 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a Republican suggestion to use money Congress provided to fight the Ebola virus to combat the Zika virus and mosquitoes that spread it.
- Conservative opposition threatens criminal justice overhaul Updated: Feb-09-16 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - A handful of Senate Republicans on Tuesday dealt a severe blow to prospects for overhauling the criminal justice system in Congress this year, with one lawmaker calling the bipartisan legislation championed by President Barack Obama and some prominent conservatives "a massive social experiment in criminal leniency."
- The Latest: North Carolina asking US Supreme Court for delay Updated: Feb-09-16 6:12 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on appeals involving a federal court decision directing North Carolina legislators to redraw congressional maps (all times local):
- 2 Utah police camera bills differ on what to make public Updated: Feb-09-16 5:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Civil liberties advocates say one of two proposals to regulate police body cameras in Utah this year would give law enforcement too much leeway and would exempt videos of fatal shootings from open records laws.
- The Latest: FBI chief says encryption blocks investigations Updated: Feb-09-16 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on the worldwide threat assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies (all times local):
- Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech Updated: Feb-09-16 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity.
- A look at Obama's final budget proposal Updated: Feb-09-16 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:
- Funding included for C-17 squadron at 911th Airlift Wing Updated: Feb-09-16 5:23 pm
PITTSBURGH - The budget sent by President Obama to Congress on Tuesday includes $85 million to establish a squadron of C-17 carbon planes at a western Pennsylvania Air Force base.
- House approves bill to tighten control on VA construction Updated: Feb-09-16 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Tuesday approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.
- Assembly approves wrongful conviction compensation Updated: Feb-09-16 5:12 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin legislators took a step Tuesday toward dramatically increasing compensation for the wrongly convicted, unanimously passing a bill in the state Assembly that would boost exonorees' payouts and grant them state insurance and job training benefits.
- Dayton proposes paid parental leave for all state employees Updated: Feb-09-16 5:09 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton announced a new push Tuesday to offer paid leave to new parents among the state's 35,000-member workforce, a proposal his Democratic allies have deemed a first step toward their goal of extending sick and parental leave to all Minnesota workers.
- Obama budget includes money for icebreaker, Alaska villages Updated: Feb-09-16 5:02 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan praised the inclusion of Alaska items in President Barack Obama's proposed $4.1 trillion federal budget but said Tuesday he cannot support a new oil tax and some other ways proposed to pay for the plan.
- House committee considering changes to student restraint law Updated: Feb-09-16 4:42 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A House committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would permanently institute the current law on how disruptive students can be restrained and provide more training for school employees.
- Truck toll bill heads to full House and Senate votes Updated: Feb-09-16 4:38 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A shouting match between Rhode Island lawmakers didn't stop a bill to create highway tolls on big-rig trucks from moving toward passage in the state's General Assembly.
- Obama unveils record $4.1 trillion election-year budget Updated: Feb-09-16 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks.