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  • Judge: GOP, Constitution Party exempt from open primary rule 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 1:21 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge has ruled two Utah political parties that challenged a new state election law are exempt from a requirement that they allow unaffiliated voters in their primary elections.

  • Turkey: New government favors presidential system 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 11:01 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister says his new government will aim to adopt a new constitution and also believes that Turkey should move to a presidential system - favored by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Opponents of Initiative 1366 file new suit in King County 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 4:53 pm

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Opponents of Tim Eyman's latest tax-limiting initiative filed a new lawsuit this week seeking to have the law invalidated.

  • Indiana governor faces lawsuit for blocking Syrian refugees 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 4:24 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - A lawsuit challenging the Indiana governor's decision to stop state agencies from helping resettle Syrian refugees alleges that the action wrongly targets the refugees based on their nationality and violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

  • The Latest: Indiana governor stands by Syrian refugee order 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 1:13 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The latest in the dispute over the Indiana governor's attempt to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in the state (all times local):

  • For gadfly Hooker, cancer is 'a jolt' but also opportunity 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 12:01 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The ups and downs of John Jay Hooker are the stuff of Nashville legend.

  • Nepal police fire on ethnic protesters blocking road; 2 dead 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 1:40 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Police in southern Nepal opened fire on ethnic protesters blocking the nation's main highway, killing two in fresh violence that threatened to escalate political tensions, officials said Sunday.

  • Georgia leads US in probation; critics say money is reason 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:00 am

    ATLANTA - A federal report says Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state's criminal justice reform experts.

  • Georgia leads US in probation; critics say money is reason 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 10:52 am

    ATLANTA - A federal report says Georgia leads the nation in placing its citizens on probation, a distinction that is now being studied by the state's criminal justice reform experts.

  • After 2 decades of peace, Bosnians want more 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 10:21 am

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - The peace agreement that ended Bosnia's war two decades ago is still admired as an example of post-conflict peace building, but Bosnians say it became a straitjacket that prevents them from building a functional state.

  • US voices frustration over democracy progress in Thailand 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 12:09 am

    WASHINGTON - The United States has expressed deep frustration over the lack of democratic progress in Thailand after last year's military coup, saying a new constitution there won't pass the "smell test" unless civil society helps to draft it.

  • Saudi Arabia will host conference to unite Syrian opposition 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 8:35 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Saudi Arabia will host a conference in mid-December to try to unite the Syrian opposition ahead of new peace talks, a key issue in stepped up efforts to end the nearly five-year civil war, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

  • Lawmakers support voters decide on privacy amendment 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 2:32 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Lawmakers say they want voters to decide if privacy and open-government protections should be added to Wyoming's Constitution.

  • Belgium vows extremism crackdown, boosts security forces story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:43 am

    BRUSSELS - Belgium's prime minister on Thursday called for changes to the country's constitution to combat extremists, and promised hundreds of millions of euros to boost the security forces.

  • Students test knowledge of Constitution, Bill of Rights 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 5:02 am

    EVANSVILLE, Indiana - Voting is one of the "most amazing rights" a person has, said St. Philip Catholic School eighth-grader Lydia Allerellie.

  • Skill or chance? New Jersey could influence fantasy sports 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 2:00 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Making a case they hope will resonate with states across the nation, representatives of the fantasy sports industry told New Jersey lawmakers Monday that regulators should not treat them the same way as casinos because success in their industry relies more on skill than on chance.

  • 9th Circuit addresses senility among federal judges head on 
    Updated: Nov-07-15 12:53 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Now 84, federal appellate court Judge William Canby made the difficult decision a few years ago to mostly stop hearing cases after a 30-year career. He was sharp and healthy, but didn't want to risk mental decline that would lead him to make mistakes, he said.

  • Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in US 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 5:28 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - America's birthplace has been named the country's first World Heritage City, putting it on par with Jerusalem, Cairo, Paris and other places recognized for their impacts on the course of human events.

  • Aid groups warn of crisis in earthquake-hit Nepal 
    Updated: Nov-06-15 12:35 am

    BHAKTAPUR, Nepal - There is no sign of the government-promised new houses that were to shelter millions of victims of Nepal's devastating spring earthquake. The agency that was supposed to oversee billions of dollars in spending no longer exists. And border protests continue to prevent needed supplies from getting in.

  • House, Senate can't resolve differences on Senate districts 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 7:47 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Florida Senate rejected a map to create new districts for itself and adjourned Thursday, leaving the Legislature with its second failed special session this year.

  • Mississippi Supreme Court narrowly grants same-sex divorce 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 7:23 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce, even as two justices questioned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and suggested that landmark ruling has no constitutional basis.

  • Fourth Democrat files to run for president in Arkansas 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 1:50 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Florida retiree who is pushing for a rewrite of the U.S. Constitution has filed to run in the Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas next year.

  • Oklahoma governor appointment authority studied by lawmakers 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 6:18 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma lawmakers convened a legislative study Wednesday on expanding the governor's appointment authority to include the heads of state agencies and commissions, an idea critics said could make state government resemble the federal system and increase the influence of special interests.

  • Results unclear for school funding amendment in Mississippi 
    Updated: Nov-03-15 11:47 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - It was unclear late Tuesday whether voters would agree to amend Mississippi's constitution to bolster public school funding, with official returns too close to call.

  • News Guide: Voters OK amendments; Houston ordinance defeated story has photos
    Updated: Nov-03-15 11:33 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Voters statewide approved all seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on Tuesday - giving themselves tax breaks, cementing their rights to hunt and fish, pumping billions of extra public dollars into roads and freeing some top elected officials from having to live in the state capital.