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  • Judge hears arguments in abortion lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:41 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A state attorney urged a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to void statutes that require doctors to decide if a woman is consenting voluntarily to an abortion and to be present when the woman gets abortion-inducing drugs.

  • Iowa Senate passes marijuana oil legalization bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:40 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate has passed a bill legalizing the use of a form of marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy.

  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:38 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

  • GM says securities regulators are probing recall 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:11 pm
  • DETROIT - U.S. securities regulators are looking into General Motors' delayed recall of more than 2 million cars with a deadly ignition switch problem.

  • NJ, Pa. lawmakers propose bridge agency changes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:55 pm
  • CAMDEN, New Jersey - Lawmakers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Thursday announced plans to change the mission and rules of the Delaware River Port Authority, permanently banning the agency that runs bridges and a commuter train line in the Philadelphia area from engaging in economic development.

  • Deal signs bill restricting some abortion coverage 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:40 pm
  • ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law restricting abortion coverage in plans for state employees and those sold on the insurance exchange as part of the federal health care law.

  • Wyoming tribes start getting federal payments 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:35 pm
  • LANDER, Wyoming - The first installment in a $157 million federal settlement began to pour into the Wind River Indian Reservation this week, as members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe started receiving $6,300 checks in the mail.

  • China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 10:13 am
  • BEIJING - China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for Sina.com, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday.

  • Correction: Kentucky Senate story 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:52 am
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - In an April 23 story about Kentucky's senate race, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the Democratic candidate. Her name is Alison Lundergan Grimes, not Alison Lundergran Grimes.

  • Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:19 am
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:59 am
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.

  • Farmers learn of changes in new Farm Bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:19 am
  • NEW MIDWAY, Maryland - The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering Maryland farmers a chance to learn about changes in the 2014 Farm Bill affecting natural resources conservation.

  • NRC holding meeting to discuss Catawba Nuclear 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:10 am
  • ROCK HILL, South Carolina - Federal regulators are scheduled to discuss an assessment of a nuclear power plant in South Carolina.

  • Candidates similar on issues in NC Senate debate 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:40 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The four leading candidates in North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary differed little from each other on issues important to the conservative base Wednesday night during their second televised debate in as many days.

  • Kansas joining compact against federal health law 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is joining a proposed compact with other states that hope to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday rejected criticism that the move will jeopardize seniors' benefits.

  • NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:47 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

  • Rail safety effort marred by squabbling 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

  • Baldwin: Democrats need to tout health care reform 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:01 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday encouraged fellow Democrats to speak out about the successes of the new federal health care law, which Republicans have ridiculed on the campaign trail as an example of government overreach.

  • Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:29 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner skipped a House ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions of dollars in profits.

  • Bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:28 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

  • Fracking foes challenge Ohio earthquake assurances 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:13 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A citizens group said Wednesday it isn't taking the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines will protect public health after earthquakes in northeast Ohio were linked to the gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Bill allowing optometrists to prescribe draws flak 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:11 pm
  • PHOENIX - Some Arizona lawmakers and physicians are raising a red flag about a bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe some drugs that is set for a vote in the Senate.

  • ND tribes warn of the environmental impact of oil 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:49 pm
  • NEW TOWN, North Dakota - Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

  • SD board OKs studies on roads, wine distribution 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:20 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A South Dakota legislative board approved two summer studies Wednesday, one on financing for roads and bridges and another to consider alcohol distribution laws - both of which will likely lead to proposed legislation during the 2015 session.

  • Maine nursing homes may get $14 million boost 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:20 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - After years of underfunding that has forced some of Maine's nursing homes to slash staff and close their doors, the facilities could get some relief under legislation awaiting Gov. Paul LePage's signature.