- 1965 Immigration Act, presented as symbolic, changed nation Updated: Oct-03-15 1:12 pm
NEW YORK - It was considered a symbolic move - President Lyndon Johnson going to the Statue of Liberty and signing an immigration bill that gave people from every country in the world an equal chance to come to America.
- Pennsylvania's budget train wreck unfolded over past year Updated: Oct-03-15 11:18 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.
- Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage Updated: Oct-03-15 11:01 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - As Alabama's all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.
- Cities seek revival of public intoxication bill Updated: Oct-03-15 9:05 am
HELENA, Montana - Billings and Missoula officials are renewing their call to state lawmakers to allow them to criminalize public intoxication.
- Prevailing wage law: Backers ask for public vote on repeal Updated: Oct-03-15 4:01 am
LANSING, Michigan - The best chance advocates have to save a Michigan law that promises better wages on public works projects is if Republican legislators ignore a petition initiative and instead let voters decide the fate of prevailing wage.
- Clinton campaign wants N. Carolina immigration bill vetoed Updated: Oct-02-15 7:31 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign wants North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a measure that restricts acceptable identification documents for immigrants and prevents local policies directing police not to ask about a person's immigration status.
- Oklahoma anti-abortion laws challenged by clinic in Tulsa Updated: Oct-02-15 6:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - New Oklahoma anti-abortion laws that ban a second-trimester abortion procedure and increase the waiting period for women seeking an abortion were challenged Friday in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa reproductive services clinic.
- Q&A: Gun control prospects in GOP-run Congress remain remote Updated: Oct-02-15 5:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Another mass shooting, another appearance by a stricken-looking President Barack Obama expressing anguish and frustration over congressional inaction on gun control laws.
- Moody's says Kansas school funding law stresses districts Updated: Oct-02-15 4:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A major financial rating agency describes Kansas' new school funding law as "negative" for its credit and says it is stressing some local districts.
- Idaho instant racing parlor closes after court ruling Updated: Oct-02-15 2:48 pm
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - An instant horse racing parlor in eastern Idaho says it has been forced to shutter its doors and lay off 70 employees.
- Judge rules New Mexico tree-cutting law is unconstitutional Updated: Oct-02-15 12:51 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A federal court has struck down a state law that gave New Mexico counties the authority to remove trees and clear overgrown areas on national forest land without having to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service.
- Minnesota governor isn't counting on big changes to gun laws Updated: Oct-02-15 12:10 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is downplaying the prospect for significant gun law changes in the wake of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college.
- Nobel official's behind-scenes book overshadows peace prize Updated: Oct-02-15 9:24 am
STAVANGER, Norway - A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.
- Judge rules Ohio city's rental inspections unconstitutional Updated: Oct-02-15 7:28 am
CINCINNATI - A federal judge has ruled that a southern Ohio city's inspections of rental properties without a warrant are unconstitutional.
- Obama decries 'routine' response of country to shootings Updated: Oct-02-15 7:16 am
WASHINGTON - A grim President Barack Obama says the U.S. has "become numb" to mass shootings like Thursday's incident in Oregon, where 20-year-old gunman killed at least 9 people at Umpqua Community College.
- Markell signs domestic violence legislation Updated: Oct-02-15 3:46 am
WILMINGTON, Delaware - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that clarifies how and when authorities can confiscate firearms from and prohibit the purchase of guns by people accused or convicted of domestic violence.
- Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders Updated: Oct-01-15 11:25 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate conservatives and liberals on Thursday united behind an overhaul of the criminal justice system, a rare bipartisan agreement that would allow some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and give judges greater discretion in sentencing.
- Insurers face health overhaul losses for 2014 Updated: Oct-01-15 9:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Health insurers will lose about $2.5 billion because patients covered through President Barack Obama's health law last year were sicker than expected, according to government figures released late Thursday.
- Massachusetts Senate OKs bill to address opioid crisis Updated: Oct-01-15 8:51 pm
BOSTON - Prompted by a deadly wave of opioid addiction in the state, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would encourage doctors to consider new approaches for treating pain and would increase screening of public school students for potential substance abuse.
- California high schools to learn 'yes means yes' sex policy Updated: Oct-01-15 8:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation aimed at making California the first state in the nation to bring lessons about sexual consent required at many colleges into high schools, his office announced Thursday.
- Chief judge announces judicial steps to reform bail in NYC Updated: Oct-01-15 8:28 pm
NEW YORK - The state's chief judge on Thursday announced a series of steps the judiciary will soon take to speed up trials in New York City and reduce the number of people waiting behind bars before trial because they can't afford bail.
- Congress passes bill easing small business health law rules Updated: Oct-01-15 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON - Congress approved bipartisan legislation Thursday aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Los Angeles prosecutors reviewing case against Bill Cosby Updated: Oct-01-15 6:20 pm
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing an investigation into a model's accusations that Bill Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion, an official said Thursday.
- House approves bill to parole inmates after minimum sentence Updated: Oct-01-15 5:44 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Parole Board would have less leeway to keep certain prisoners locked up past their minimum sentence under legislation approved Thursday to curtail prison spending by at least $75 million annually within five to 10 years, the equivalent of closing two prisons.
- UConn releases newly required report on sexual assaults Updated: Oct-01-15 5:38 pm
STORRS, Connecticut - The University of Connecticut reported Thursday that it dealt with 85 sexual assault complaints last year and seven students were expelled as a result.