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North Carolina legislators finalize more 'mini-budget' bills

Sep. 17, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina budget veto has slowed state government for months, so lawmakers have sent Gov. Roy Cooper more stand-alone legislation containing popular provisions from that spending plan. Cooper now has four spending bills on his desk that address school and prison safety, disaster...

Is Parliament's suspension illegal? UK's top court to decide

Sep. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit battle is heading to the country's top court. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament on Sept. 9, sending lawmakers home until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the...

Back to basics: Congress tries to keep government lights on

Sep. 17, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that it doesn't look like a bitterly polarized Washington will stumble into another government shutdown. But as Democrats controlling the House unveil a stopgap, government-wide spending bill to keep the lights on and pay the troops, there's scant evidence that power...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

Biden's sister talks Violence Against Women Act in Nevada

Sep. 16, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The sister and longtime political adviser of former Vice President Joe Biden met Monday with advocates for victims of domestic violence while in Nevada to campaign for her brother. Valerie Biden Owens toured a women and children's shelter in Las Vegas and held a discussion with advocates...

Arkansas Senate leader proposes new vaping tax, regulations

Sep. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Senate president on Monday proposed a new tax and regulations on vaping products, and said he hopes the governor will call lawmakers back to the Capitol to take up the issue. Republican Sen. Jim Hendren proposed the legislation in response to concerns about a rise in...

AP source: New York prosecutors subpoena Trump's tax returns

Sep. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's tax returns, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. Manhattan District Attorney's Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office recently sent a subpoena to Trump's accounting firm seeking the last eight years of...

Oklahoma judge refuses to halt ban on abortion procedure

Sep. 16, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is refusing to halt a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure following a ruling that abortion rights proponents have decried as a "rogue" decision that could threaten women's reproductive rights. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Cindy Truong on Monday...

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In the Aurora mobile home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett's door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did. In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons'...