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Washington, D.C., passes ballot initiative that would eliminate 2-tiered minimum wage for tipped employees

Jun. 19, 2018 9:38 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., passes ballot initiative that would eliminate 2-tiered minimum wage for tipped employees.

In Charleston, South Carolina, once a key slave trading port, city council adopts a resolution apologizing for slavery

Jun. 19, 2018 9:37 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In Charleston, South Carolina, once a key slave trading port, city council adopts a resolution apologizing for slavery.

Dems tussle on charter schools in Tennessee governor debate

Jun. 19, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The two leading Democrats in Tennessee's open governor's race tussled during a debate Tuesday over charter schools, the National Rifle Association and one candidate's use of federal flood money to build a downtown Nashville amphitheater. State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh...

Arizona Senate candidate appeals Don Shooter's eligibility

Jun. 19, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A state Senate candidate filed a legal challenge Tuesday with the Arizona Supreme Court, contesting a lower court ruling that allows an ousted legislator to run for office again. The legislator, Don Shooter, was the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be ousted over sexual misconduct...

Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

Jun. 19, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government's bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide. Prime Minister Justin...

Trump returning to campaign for McMaster in 11th-hour swing

Jun. 19, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to South Carolina next week to make a last-minute campaign appearance in Gov. Henry McMaster's bid for a first full term. The McMaster campaign said in an emailed statement on Tuesday night that Trump will join McMaster on Monday. The campaign also...

Overrides of vetoes on 2 election-related bills halfway done

Jun. 19, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative Republicans began carrying out overrides Tuesday on a pair of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes of election-related legislation. Cooper had complained that the bills meddle in elections and continue GOP efforts to reshape the courts. The lawmakers dismissed Cooper's...

Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution

Jun. 19, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is "1,000 percent" behind their rival immigration bills, providing no clear path as party leaders searched for a way defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the southern border. And it's uncertain if Trump's...

DA fires prosecutor who provided information to FBI

Jun. 19, 2018 9:22 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas district attorney has fired a prosecutor from his staff who had provided the FBI information on the DA. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna fired Amanda Dillon on Tuesday and had her escorted from their premises. Dillon was the last of Reyna's original...

Wyoming county circuit judge censured, fined nearly $16K

Jun. 19, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics has disciplined Laramie County Circuit Court Judge Antoinette Healy following an investigation into her conduct. Healy will be required to attend a class related to the issue at her own expense and pay a nearly $16,000 fine to...