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N. Carolina gov. vetoing bill with congressional race redo

Dec. 18, 2018 8:24 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said Tuesday he's vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy...

The Latest: Kentucky House adjourns without passing pension

Dec. 18, 2018 8:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a special legislative session called to vote on changes to the state's pension systems (all times local): 8 p.m. Kentucky's House of Representatives has adjourned a special session called by the governor without passing a pension bill. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called...

Sex assault case dropped, judge cites drunken prosecutor

Dec. 18, 2018 6:09 PM EST

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge cited the courthouse arrest of a drunken prosecutor in dismissing charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy. Judge Marti Mertz issued the ruling Monday and chastised Clarke County Attorney Michelle Rivera. The prosecutor's unavailability at a...

Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Dec. 18, 2018 5:40 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers vowed Tuesday to pursue legal and parliamentary avenues to thwart the government while allowing for a Christmastime lull. About 150 to 200 people...

Missouri governor wants law for online sales tax collections

Dec. 18, 2018 5:22 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday that he wants to enact a law enabling the state to collect millions of dollars of new tax revenue from out-of-state retailers who sell things to Missouri residents. The new online sales tax provision will be part of Parson's agenda for the...

Wisconsin senator: GOP won't eliminate coverage guarantee

Dec. 18, 2018 4:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The federal guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is too politically popular to be eliminated, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said Tuesday. During a conference call with constituents, Johnson said he wishes he and his fellow Republicans had...

Lawsuit challenges criminal libel law in cop criticism case

Dec. 18, 2018 3:15 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has challenged New Hampshire's criminal defamation law in the arrest of a man who posted comments saying a police chief "covered up" for a "dirty cop." The ACLU's federal lawsuit filed Tuesday says the law violates the First Amendment. The law makes...

UN approves compact to support world's refugees; US objects

Dec. 17, 2018 11:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also sets out...

Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

Dec. 17, 2018 7:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final...

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

Dec. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Lawmakers from all opposition parties took to a temporary podium to declare...