- Rauner: Illinois to review new federal power plant limits Updated: Aug-03-15 7:14 pm
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Bruce Rauner offered little insight Monday into whether Illinois, which the federal government says ranks near the bottom in emissions-reduction goals, will join other states and challenge new stringent rules for power plants.
- New Mexico not expected to fight EPA's emission-cutting rule Updated: Aug-03-15 7:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico properly prepared for President Barack Obama's efforts to cut greenhouse gases from power plants and won't be among the many Republican-led states expected to fight the plan, state Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said Monday.
- Vendor takes pay cut over Minnesota student testing glitches Updated: Aug-03-15 7:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's student testing contractor will take $1 million off its new three-year contract to settle with the Minnesota Department of Education over spring testing glitches, under an agreement announced Monday.
- States' targets shift in final Obama climate change plan Updated: Aug-03-15 7:07 pm
HELENA, Montana - Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants.
- Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds Updated: Aug-03-15 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.
- Ex-con accused of killing police officer turns self in Updated: Aug-03-15 7:05 pm
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in Monday, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, a spokesman for a U.S. attorney said.
- State seeks to dismiss Boston's lawsuit against Wynn casino Updated: Aug-03-15 7:04 pm
BOSTON - State gambling regulators want a judge to dismiss Boston's lawsuit challenging the award of a casino license to casino operator Wynn, saying the decision is not subject to judicial review and the city's challenge comes too late.
- NC Democratic Party rebounds in fundraising through June Updated: Aug-03-15 6:59 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The North Carolina Democratic Party rebounded in fundraising during the first half of 2015, even as top Republican legislators kept campaign coffers flush.
- Use of batboys and girls suspended after 9-year-old's death Updated: Aug-03-15 6:57 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The National Baseball Congress suspended using batboys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally hit in the head with a bat during a game.
- Maryland officials reviewing Obama's greenhouse gas limits Updated: Aug-03-15 6:55 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is taking some time to review the impact of President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, while Maryland Democrats already were praising the plan released Monday.
- Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich not running for president Updated: Aug-03-15 6:49 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich says he isn't running for president, and he has no plans to run for U.S. Senate, either.
- Judge: Idaho's anti-dairy spying law is unconstitutional Updated: Aug-03-15 6:44 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge ruled Monday that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.
- US military tests ballistic missile interceptor off Hawaii Updated: Aug-03-15 6:40 pm
HONOLULU - The U.S. military said Monday it successfully tested an interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles as well as airplanes.
- 1 airman killed, another injured during parachute training Updated: Aug-03-15 6:40 pm
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida - Air Force officials say one service member was killed and another was injured during a parachute training accident in the Florida Panhandle.
- New York attorney general praises federal power plant rules Updated: Aug-03-15 6:36 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he'll join nine other states in defending President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut U.S power plant emissions if it's challenged in court.
- Kansas governor says final power plant rule 'twice as bad' Updated: Aug-03-15 6:36 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the final version of a federal rule for cutting carbon emissions from power plants is "twice as bad" for the state as the original version outlined a year ago.
- Harding University senior vice president named to board Updated: Aug-03-15 6:34 pm
SEARCY, Arkansas - Harding University's senior vice president has been named to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Obama climate change plan criticized by Wyoming leaders Updated: Aug-03-15 6:34 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The latest version of the Obama administration's plan to fight climate change won't work as promised and instead will drive up electricity rates and cost jobs, Wyoming's governor and congressional delegation said Monday.
- Faith holds at New Mexico churches targeted by small blasts Updated: Aug-03-15 6:32 pm
A New Mexico church service was set to start when the mailbox exploded near the office entrance.
- Prosecutor: Police officers unlawfully opened fire in death Updated: Aug-03-15 6:31 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened fire and killed a homeless man despite signs that he wanted to surrender, a special prosecutor said Monday.
- Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states Updated: Aug-03-15 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.
- Missouri senator accused by interns leaves credit union job Updated: Aug-03-15 6:27 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A Missouri state senator has left his credit union job following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward Capitol interns.
- New York attorney general to investigate woman's jail death Updated: Aug-03-15 6:25 pm
WHITE PLAINS, New York - The state's top prosecutor said Monday that he will investigate the jail cell death of a mother of eight who waited two days for arraignment on a shoplifting arrest.
- Utah officials study new power plant greenhouse gas limits Updated: Aug-03-15 6:20 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state officials say they need more time to assess how a plan unveiled Monday by President Barack Obama to decrease emissions from U.S. power plants will impact the state.
- Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man Updated: Aug-03-15 6:16 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - A white Charlotte police officer on trial for the on-duty killing of a black man panicked and didn't identify himself or give any commands before shooting 12 times at the agitated man seeking help in an unfamiliar neighborhood after a car crash, a prosecutor said during opening statements Monday.