- Washington Senate votes to oust transportation secretary Updated: Feb-06-16 1:20 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Senate on Friday rejected the gubernatorial appointment of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, ousting her from the job she has held since shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee took office in 2013.
- Hawaii lawmakers take step to legalize industrial hemp Updated: Feb-05-16 10:31 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii residents say legalizing industrial hemp could spur business ventures ranging from home construction to selling hemp seed candy bars at Hawaii airports.
- As fix nears for gas leak, residents worry about return home Updated: Feb-05-16 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES - With a possible end in sight to a massive 15-week gas leak, anxious residents displaced from a Los Angeles neighborhood are skeptical a fix is near and worry they may be forced to return too soon to unhealthy homes.
- New Jersey sues Volkswagen, claiming emissions fraud Updated: Feb-05-16 6:25 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The state of New Jersey sued Volkswagen Friday, claiming the auto maker sold diesel vehicles equipped with software that deactivated on-board emission controls except during emissions testing.
- Johnson: Jobs, health care as important as terror fight Updated: Feb-05-16 6:16 pm
MILWAUKEE - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson framed his re-election campaign as a matter of security - both military and economic - at a town hall meeting Friday, saying jobs and health care demand the same attention as the fight against terror.
- The Latest: Snyder: Disaster loans approved for Flint Updated: Feb-05-16 6:11 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on Flint's water emergency (all times local):
- Let the games begin: Legislature releases gambling proposals Updated: Feb-05-16 5:21 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Legislature is going to consider a gambling proposal that would let the Seminole Tribe add craps and roulette to its casinos.
- Lawmakers pass bill to end ban on meatpacker-owned hogs Updated: Feb-05-16 5:06 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The nation's only ban on hogs owned by meatpackers was expected to end after Nebraska lawmakers voted Friday to repeal a state law designed to keep large processors from exerting too much leverage over small farms.
- NY lawmaker: NFL should require synthetic marijuana testing Updated: Feb-05-16 4:15 pm
ALBANY, New York - A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance.
- Congress unites in scorn for Shkreli, but gridlock remains Updated: Feb-05-16 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON - A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed.
- Lawmakers suggest raising prices to curb water waste Updated: Feb-05-16 1:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers are considering encouraging water conservation with higher prices.
- Court orders reconsideration of Maryland gun law ruling Updated: Feb-05-16 12:54 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Gun-rights supporters who challenged Maryland's assault weapon's ban will get another chance to argue that it should be overturned.
- Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting Updated: Feb-05-16 11:04 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.
- State bans work in part of Pennsylvania mine after death Updated: Feb-05-16 9:08 am
MOUNT MORRIS, Pennsylvania - State officials have banned work in part of a southwestern Pennsylvania coal mine where a worker was killed by falling rock last month.
- Protesting chauffeurs disrupt access to Paris airport Updated: Feb-05-16 7:55 am
PARIS - Protesting chauffeurs have moved to Paris' city center after having disrupted access to the Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.
- Delta Junction votes to keep pot industry out of city Updated: Feb-05-16 7:29 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Delta Junction City Council has approved a ban on marijuana businesses in the city 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks.
- Conservation Commission change passes Missouri Senate Updated: Feb-05-16 5:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.
- Wildlife officials modify rules to amberjack harvest Updated: Feb-05-16 4:11 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has modified rules involving the commercial and recreational limits for greater amberjack harvest.
- Proposed $3.2B Sabal Trail pipeline approved by feds Updated: Feb-05-16 3:02 am
GAINESVILLE, Florida - A proposed $3.2 billion natural gas pipeline has been approved by federal energy regulators.
- Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has book deal Updated: Feb-04-16 10:42 pm
NEW YORK - Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has a book deal.
- Panel OKs second Utah medical marijuana plan of the day Updated: Feb-04-16 9:30 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A panel of Utah lawmakers approved a bill that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot.
- Covered California adds 425,000 under Obama health law Updated: Feb-04-16 9:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - More than 425,000 people in California signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care law, the state's health insurance exchange announced Thursday.
- State officials say insurance exchange enrollment numbers up Updated: Feb-04-16 9:09 pm
DOVER, Delaware - State officials say figures provided by the federal government show that more Delawareans are selecting health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
- The Latest: Lawmakers OK medical marijuana plan Updated: Feb-04-16 8:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on two competing programs Utah lawmakers are considering to allow people to use marijuana for medical reasons. (all times local):
- New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction Updated: Feb-04-16 8:11 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.