- 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.
- California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters Updated: May-23-15 4:19 am
LOS ANGELES - A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered.
- California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Updated: May-22-15 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
- 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.
- VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital Updated: May-22-15 8:07 pm
DENVER - Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
- Senate amendment would change who polices public risk pools Updated: May-22-15 6:56 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - The Secretary of State's office could lose its ability to oversee a public risk pool it's had issues with for years, if a last-minute amendment to the Senate budget remains in place.
- 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.
- Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks Updated: May-22-15 5:31 pm
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.
- Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study Updated: May-22-15 5:09 pm
DENVER - Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.
- Conservative group yanks TV ads targeting Utah congressmen Updated: May-22-15 4:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A conservative group has yanked television ads set to air Friday targeting U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart after the two Utah congressmen announced they share the group's view that a federal export bank should be shut down.
- Gov. Kasich rescinds union rights for Ohio care workers Updated: May-22-15 4:16 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child care workers under contract with the state to unionize, arguing the key union benefit of health insurance coverage is now widely available elsewhere.
- Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal Updated: May-22-15 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that gives Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.
- Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
HAMPTON, New Hampshire - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants.
- Obama tells people of Israel: America has your back Updated: May-22-15 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally.
- Nebraska senators urge EPA to back biofuels industry Updated: May-22-15 2:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to continue its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel.
- Report: Grand jury probes utility's ties with regulators Updated: May-22-15 1:38 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California's largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday.
- Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law' Updated: May-22-15 6:25 am
MADRID - Spanish opposition parties have filed an appeal against the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the Constitutional Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday.
- Tempe approves fines for smoking in cars with kids Updated: May-22-15 2:01 am
TEMPE, Arizona - Smoking in cars in Tempe just got harder after the City of Tempe Council approved an ordinance that bans smoking in a car with a child inside.
- Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority Updated: May-21-15 10:10 pm
WASHINGTON - The FBI has broadened the scope of records it seeks under a section of the Patriot Act that permits agents to gather wide-ranging materials during national security investigations, and also took too long to create procedures for the handling of certain nonpublic information it collects, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday as Congress weighs the future of government surveillance authority.
- Regulators deny request to idle California nuclear plant Updated: May-21-15 9:25 pm
LOS ANGELES - Federal regulators Thursday turned away a request from environmental activists to idle California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to determine if its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.
- Alabama to join 'SEC primary' in 2016 presidential race Updated: May-21-15 9:11 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers have voted to join the "SEC primary" as southern states band together to try to get more attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls.
- Republicans move to restructure Walker's job creation agency Updated: May-21-15 8:05 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's finance committee moved Thursday to restructure Gov. Scott Walker's struggling job creation agency, approving a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency's reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.
- Business leaders throw support behind coal plant proposal Updated: May-21-15 7:49 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Business leaders on Thursday outlined the economic devastation they say could come if New Mexico regulators fail to approve a plan to shut down part of a decades-old coal-fired power plant to meet a federal mandate.
- Louisiana House passes $24B budget proposal for next year Updated: May-21-15 7:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A $24.3 billion budget proposal for next year that contains fewer cuts than lawmakers had feared but still leaves public health care programs short received passage Thursday from the Louisiana House.
- California backs gas plant to fill void from closed nuke Updated: May-21-15 7:04 pm
LOS ANGELES - Utility regulators Thursday opened the way for development of a natural gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego, perhaps one of the last of its kind in California as the state pushes toward a green energy future.