- Protests as Venezuela embraces 2-day workweek to save power Updated: Apr-27-16 6:02 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.
- High court sides with police officer in free speech case Updated: Apr-26-16 10:57 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a New Jersey police officer who was demoted after his boss mistakenly believed he was involved in a political campaign can still bring a lawsuit alleging a violation of free speech rights.
- PM Hun Sen says all Cambodians must help deal with drought Updated: Apr-26-16 9:31 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The prime minister Tuesday called upon all elements in Cambodian society to mobilize to help deal with the worst drought in at least four decades, which has left about two-thirds of the country's 25 provinces short of water for drinking and other necessities.
- Criminal charges in Flint water crisis raise stakes Updated: Apr-21-16 5:11 pm
DETROIT - Flint's water crisis has taken a dramatic turn with criminal charges being filed against two state employees and a city worker. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges the three men knew that a lack of corrosion control in drinking water was a threat to public health and intentionally tampered with lead-level reports to cover up the fiasco.
- Myanmar media company greases wrong palm, flouts gift limit Updated: Apr-21-16 5:55 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's new government scolded a media group for flouting guidelines against corruption by presenting an envelope with more than $4,000 as a gift to an official.
- NY union board backs 1-year contract agreement Updated: Apr-21-16 12:27 am
ALBANY, New York - The executive board of a union representing 53,000 state workers is backing a retroactive one-year contract agreement.
- University of Illinois planning layoffs Updated: Apr-20-16 6:15 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is planning layoffs as a result of the state financial crisis, according to an email from a school administrator, marking the first time the university system's flagship campus has turned to job cuts amid the budget stalemate.
- California pension board backs off tobacco divestment study Updated: Apr-20-16 6:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The nation's largest public pension system may be backing off its decision to study reinvesting in tobacco stocks it sold off 15 years ago.
- China warns of foreign spies with 'Dangerous Love' Updated: Apr-19-16 10:36 pm
BEIJING - China is marking National Security Education Day with a poster warning young female government workers about dating handsome foreigners, who could turn out to have secret agendas.
- Jewell: 'Major course correction' needed on conservation Updated: Apr-19-16 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday called for "a major course correction" in the way the nation conserves its public lands, waters and wildlife, saying climate change and other trends threaten natural areas "in existential ways."
- Feds to restore grazing allotment health stats in reports Updated: Apr-18-16 6:13 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Federal land managers have agreed to restore information about grazing allotments not meeting rangeland health standards in 13 western states after a public lands advocacy group complained about the omission.
- California pension fund won't drop tobacco divestment talks Updated: Apr-18-16 5:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The board overseeing the nation's largest public-employee pension fund will consider reinvesting in tobacco stocks it sold off more than a decade ago.
- Board upholds demotion of Phoenix policeman over shooting Updated: Apr-15-16 6:04 am
PHOENIX - A Civil Service board has upheld the demotion of a Phoenix police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill woman nearly two years ago.
- GOP revives cuts to commissioner pay, campaign subsidies Updated: Apr-14-16 5:14 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Republicans are reviving cost-reduction measures in a second budget go-around, detailing their plans Thursday to cut state agency commissioner salaries, freeze public employee hiring and suspend Minnesota's public campaign subsidy program.
- Wolf signs bill to require fiscal review of labor agreements Updated: Apr-14-16 4:35 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf has signed Republican-penned legislation to require a fiscal analysis of proposed contract agreements for public employees under the governor's jurisdiction before they are approved.
- UK's long-delayed Iraq war report still months away Updated: Apr-14-16 11:37 am
LONDON - The British government says a long-delayed report into the U.K.'s involvement in the Iraq war won't be published before the summer, seven years after the inquiry began.
- 30-day suspension upheld for Denver officer who shoved man Updated: Apr-13-16 11:00 am
DENVER - The Denver Civil Service Commission has upheld a 30-day suspension for a police officer who shoved a man while working security at a bar in 2014.
- Mississippi AG: Allegations in unsealed lawsuit were false Updated: Apr-12-16 1:19 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's attorney general says allegations in a recently unsealed lawsuit that accused his office of participating in a kickback scheme with a New York firm were false.
- Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers Updated: Apr-11-16 10:01 am
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- Anglican leader says DNA tests have revealed his real father Updated: Apr-09-16 6:21 am
LONDON - The archbishop of Canterbury says DNA tests have identified his real father, but the revelation hasn't shaken his sense of identity.
- Kansas delaying contributions to public employee pensions Updated: Apr-08-16 7:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is delaying roughly $90 million in contributions to pensions for public school and college employees as it wrestles with budget problems and disappointing tax collections.
- High court: Convicted officer can keep his pension Updated: Apr-07-16 7:28 am
PEABODY, Massachusetts - The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that it was unconstitutional for the state to revoke the pension of a retired Peabody police lieutenant convicted of job-related misdemeanors.
- Firing of deputy who slapped woman in wheelchair upheld Updated: Apr-05-16 3:44 am
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of a sheriff's deputy accused of slapping a woman in a wheelchair and threatening people who tried to intervene.
- Senate majority pauses retirement bill after new estimates Updated: Apr-04-16 9:50 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Senate majority announced Monday that legislation calling for increased local contributions to the public employees' retirement system was on hold given new actuarial estimates. The GOP-led majority, however, said it plans to continue discussions on legislation that would increase local contributions for the teachers' retirement system.
- The Latest: New estimates put new light on retirement bills Updated: Apr-04-16 8:35 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on state Senate proposals calling for increased local contributions for retirement plans (all times local):