- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-23-15 12:36 pm
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Saturday's referendum result to legalize gay marriage represents a stunning triumph for gay rights activists following decades of struggle to gain greater rights and respect.
- 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.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 10:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer.
- 1 dead in Burundi unrest; leader delays parliamentary vote Updated: May-20-15 5:14 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Burundi police fired live bullets, tear gas and tossed a grenade Wednesday to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over the president's bid for a third term in office. One soldier died while trying to stop the police barrage, a captain said.
- Hunting constitutional amendment clears Texas Legislature Updated: May-20-15 1:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens' right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
- Oregon House asks voters for authority to impeach governor Updated: May-19-15 6:41 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon voters may be deciding whether state legislators should have power to impeach the governor and other elected officials from the executive branch after the state House approved a resolution Tuesday sending a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot in 2016.
- Thailand's government approves referendum on constitution Updated: May-19-15 6:39 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Tuesday approved holding a referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister said, but he indicated that the decision could delay a general election.
- USS Constitution prepares move to dry dock for restoration Updated: May-17-15 12:45 pm
BOSTON - Preparations are underway for the USS Constitution's move to dry dock for major restoration.
- Key events in Egypt since the 2011 uprising Updated: May-16-15 1:34 pm
Here are some key events from more than four years of turmoil and transition in Egypt:
- Bills on breastfeeding, booze sales move through Legislature Updated: May-16-15 9:20 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Talk of the state budget has dominated the 2015 legislative session in New Hampshire, with other high-profile items such as casino gambling and changes to the state's marijuana laws occasionally stealing the spotlight.
- Time limits on ballot language challenges sent to governor Updated: May-15-15 2:32 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon a measure Friday that supporters say would make things easier for county clerks and prevent reprinting costs when ballot measures are changed by courts close to an election.
- Ohio's auditor takes aim at special-interest ballot issues Updated: May-14-15 6:32 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's auditor wants to ban certain amendments to the state Constitution and is seeking a state constitutional amendment to do so.
- Japan's Cabinet endorses bills to allow greater defense role Updated: May-14-15 8:31 am
TOKYO - Japan's Cabinet endorsed a set of defense bills Thursday that would allow the country's military to operate under a broader definition of self-defense and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion.
- Mining company completes test drilling on NY-owned site Updated: May-12-15 2:49 pm
ALBANY, New York - A mining company has completed test drilling on state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve land that was the subject of a voter-approved state constitutional amendment in 2013.
- Prize-winning historian reflects on birth of Constitution Updated: May-12-15 9:53 am
NEW YORK - Joseph J. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, has an issue with the Gettysburg Address.
- Turkish coup leader, former president, Evren dies at 97 Updated: May-10-15 12:41 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Kenan Evren, the general who led Turkey's 1980 military coup that ended years of street-clashes between rival left- and right-wing militias and but also unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings died on Saturday. He was 97.
- Sources: Volvo picks South Carolina for its first US plant Updated: May-09-15 8:43 pm
ATLANTA - South Carolina appears to have won its second auto plant.
- Former Turkish president, coup leader, Evren dies at 97 Updated: May-09-15 6:11 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Kenan Evren, the Turkish general who led a 1980 coup that ended years of violence but whose rule unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, died on Saturday. He was 97.
- Malloy wants lawmakers to pass transportation lockbox bill Updated: May-08-15 5:59 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging state lawmakers in the final weeks of this year's legislative session to pass his version of a bill that would ensure transportation revenues are spent only on transportation projects.
- Proposal 1's defeat most lopsided under modern constitution Updated: May-06-15 4:07 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan's road-funding ballot measure didn't just go down to defeat. It failed by a historically high margin.
- Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack Updated: May-05-15 8:44 pm
DALLAS - When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did.
- Pennsylvania House votes to cut own ranks, trim Senate Updated: May-05-15 7:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania state representatives took a step Tuesday toward trimming dozens of members from the Legislature, the latest move in a campaign to amend the state constitution that for several years has frustrated its supporters.
- Snyder makes final push for voters to approve tax increase Updated: May-04-15 6:01 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder wrapped up a road tour Monday urging voters to approve a tax increase that would generate $1.2 billion a year more for roads, saying the tax hike is needed to ensure safer roads.
- Legislature OKs bill to add right to hunt to constitution Updated: May-04-15 4:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A proposed Nevada constitutional amendment preserving the right to hunt, trap and fish has been approved by the Legislature and is one step closer to becoming law.