- Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law Updated: May-23-15 7:14 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
- After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension Updated: May-23-15 6:09 am
WASHINGTON - Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
- Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Updated: May-23-15 4:33 am
WASHINGTON - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
- Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding Updated: May-23-15 4:30 am
WASHINGTON - Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.
- Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions Updated: May-23-15 4:28 am
WASHINGTON - Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers.
- Nevada Legislature rushes to vote out bills on deadline day Updated: May-23-15 1:56 am
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers rushed to vote dozens of bills out of the Senate and Assembly as they faced down a major deadline.
- Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns Updated: May-22-15 10:57 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.
- Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.
- Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill Updated: May-22-15 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.
- Texas House passes biker safety bill days after shooting Updated: May-22-15 9:12 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend.
- The Latest on Waco shooting: Biker group gets proclamation Updated: May-22-15 9:11 pm
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- Group that organized biker meeting gets city proclamation Updated: May-22-15 9:09 pm
Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists' meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."
- Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton Updated: May-22-15 8:28 pm
DENTON, Texas - A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.
- Ricketts appeals to public to keep death penalty in Nebraska Updated: May-22-15 8:10 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts turned to the public Friday to try to crack the veto-proof majority of lawmakers that voted to abolish the death penalty, urging residents to contact their senators and voice support for capital punishment.
- Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.
- Bill aims to keep voting rights for people with disabilities Updated: May-22-15 7:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - State lawmakers are advancing a bill designed to keep voting rights for people with disabilities.
- Hogan vetoes voting rights bill for ex-felons Updated: May-22-15 7:41 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill that would have allowed ex-felons to vote before finishing their probation.
- Lawmakers OK multi-part bill barring guns for abusers Updated: May-22-15 6:51 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada lawmakers have passed a Republican-backed bill that would restrict people convicted of domestic violence from having a gun and broaden the definition of justifiable homicide.
- Effort to expand police mental health coverage progresses Updated: May-22-15 6:50 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A long-running effort to extend workers' compensation benefits to police officers who receive mental health injuries on the job cleared a key hurdle Friday after years of defeat in the General Assembly.
- Some of the major bills approved by Oklahoma Legislature Updated: May-22-15 6:44 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2015 legislative session on Friday, one week before its constitutionally mandated deadline, by passing dozens of last-minute measures. Among them are several related to the $7.1 billion state budget.
- Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care Updated: May-22-15 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON - Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday.
- California moves toward ending use of bullhooks on elephants Updated: May-22-15 5:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California would become the first state to ban the use of bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants under a bill approved Friday by the state Senate.
- Legislature approves extension of reading test exemptions Updated: May-22-15 5:54 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill making it easier for Oklahoma third-graders to advance to fourth grade even if they can't demonstrate basic reading skills.
- California Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics Updated: May-22-15 5:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.
- Wisconsin hunters could wear pink under legislative proposal Updated: May-22-15 5:33 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Real men - and women - could wear pink in Wisconsin's woods if a group of lawmakers get their way.