- Administrative rule would allow community members to teach Updated: Aug-29-15 7:07 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Gov. Jack Dalrymple is expected to sign off on an emergency administrative rule change that will allow community members to temporarily fill vacant teaching positions.
- Lawmakers urge lifting immunity of Guatemalan president Updated: Aug-29-15 6:04 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - A legislative commission on Saturday urged Guatemala's congress to lift President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in a corruption case that has already seen his former vice president jailed and much of his cabinet resign.
- Montana AG will not investigate Utah lawmaker Updated: Aug-29-15 4:01 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Attorney General's Office will not investigate fraud claims against a Utah lawmaker leading a push for western states to take control of federal public lands.
- Kansas headed toward another school finance debate next year Updated: Aug-29-15 3:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Five months after a new law for funding public schools took effect in Kansas, legislators and education officials are talking about drafting another one next year.
- Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles Updated: Aug-29-15 2:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.
- GOP Senate candidates slam Obama, "Washington Republicans" Updated: Aug-29-15 2:01 pm
TAMPA, Florida - They railed against the Obama administration's foreign policy. They scolded "Washington Republicans." And they decried the $18 trillion national debt and the dysfunction of a Congress that cannot get anything done.
- Illinois will be first state to lock painkiller pill bottles Updated: Aug-29-15 1:55 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.
- Iran president opposes parliament vote on nuclear deal Updated: Aug-29-15 1:29 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers.
- Democrats choose former House member to replace Glazier Updated: Aug-29-15 1:28 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - Democratic leaders in Cumberland County have selected former North Carolina Rep. Billy Richardson to replace a resigning House member.
- Report: Retroactive OT ordered for Walker security detail Updated: Aug-29-15 1:13 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Federal authorities are ordering retroactive overtime for Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials, a television station reported.
- New bill would ban minors from using tanning beds Updated: Aug-29-15 11:19 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Children of all ages would be barred from using tanning beds in Wisconsin under a bill moving through the state Legislature.
- DSS director: Vulnerable adults receive little attention Updated: Aug-29-15 10:40 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The task of protecting South Carolina's elderly and disabled adults has become an "afterthought" at the Department of Social Services, its director told a Senate panel.
- Senator: W.Va. gov. wants to keep female prisoners at Lakin Updated: Aug-29-15 10:28 am
POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia - A state senator says an all-female prison in Mason County likely won't be converted into a prison for men.
- Illinois' Durbin gets a shot at political redemption Updated: Aug-29-15 9:53 am
WASHINGTON - For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption.
- Avenue to suspend Kane's law license could spark legal fight Updated: Aug-29-15 9:13 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - With Attorney General Kathleen Kane battling criminal charges and increasingly isolated from Pennsylvania's legal and law enforcement communities, many eyes have turned to whether the state's highest court will invoke a rarely-used sanction to quickly suspend her law license.
- Former lawmaker from northern Ohio appeals theft conviction Updated: Aug-29-15 6:13 am
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - A former northern Ohio lawmaker is appealing his conviction on a felony theft charge.
- After 60 years of research, McLaughlin faces new challenge Updated: Aug-29-15 5:05 am
GREAT FALLS, Montana - Since its 1954 inception as a small research laboratory in out-of-the-way Great Falls, Montana, the McLaughlin Research Institute has grown to a highly respected biomedical research center whose scientists' research has been cited as contributing to the work of two Nobel Prize winners for physiology or medicine.
- Greek election could result in new, big coalition govt Updated: Aug-29-15 2:26 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is banking on his popularity to win a national election next month and strengthen his grip on power after purging his radical left Syriza party of dissenters.
- Judge rejects call to block Walker from expanding Medicaid Updated: Aug-28-15 8:52 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A judge on Friday rejected a request by state lawmakers to temporarily block Gov. Bill Walker from expanding Medicaid in Alaska.
- Parliament group regrets Russian speaker's no show Updated: Aug-28-15 8:20 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Inter-Parliamentary Union expressed regret Friday that the speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament will not be attending a world congress at the United Nations next week, apparently because of issues with her visa to the United States.
- Federal power, spending focus of Rand Paul rally in Cheyenne Updated: Aug-28-15 6:56 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The federal government needs to do away with warrantless domestic wiretapping in pursuit of terrorism, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said at a campaign rally Friday.
- After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control Updated: Aug-28-15 6:30 pm
COLLINSVILLE, Virginia - Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.
- Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm
DENVER - A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.
- Arkansas attorney general: Law allows 'open carry' of guns Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A 2013 Arkansas law allows people to openly carry handguns if they don't plan on using them illegally against someone, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Friday, contrasting with her Democratic predecessor's stance.
- Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm
BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.