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EU takes charge, forces Brexit deadlines on UK's May

Mar. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Isolated at home and abroad, British Prime Minister Theresa May was laboring against the odds Friday to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal — to a timetable dictated by the European Union. Almost three years after Britons voted to walk away from the EU, the bloc's...

Walz tweaks budget plan to reflect slower economic growth

Mar. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has announced a series of tweaks to his budget proposal to reflect projected slower economic growth. Walz told reporters Friday that his administration took a hard look and scaled back some proposals while sparing priority areas like education and health care....

Filing: Indiana AG Hill declines hearing on groping claims

Mar. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is declining a hearing officer or panel to weigh whether Hill committed professional misconduct by allegedly groping a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. Hill's legal counsel, Don Lundberg, filed a motion Wednesday with...

Treasury grants further relief on IRS withholding penalties

Mar. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Friday that it is expanding again the relief it grants taxpayers who had too little in income taxes withheld from their paychecks in the first year of a sweeping tax overhaul. Treasury said that taxpayers will be able to avoid penalties for paying too...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

Mar. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately halt a judge's order that blocked GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess issued an injunction Thursday blocking the...

Legislative lawyer: Meeting behind locked door improper

Mar. 22, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature's top attorney planned to meet Friday with legislative leaders to remind them of the state's open record requirements after acknowledging a House panel improperly met in secret behind a locked door. Legislative Council Director John Bjornson refused to...

The Latest: Key Northern Ireland ally still opposes May deal

Mar. 22, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A key figure in the Democratic Unionist Party has suggested the Northern Ireland party is still opposed to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal. Deputy leader Nigel Dodds said Friday that "nothing has changed as far as the...

Beasley joins other Democrats for lieutenant governor's bid

Mar. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina House member is expanding the group of Democrats running for lieutenant governor. Two-term Rep. Chaz Beasley of Charlotte announced he's seeking his party's nomination. The 33-year-old finance attorney says his campaign will be built on working to ensure everyone can...

Marijuana legalization debated at Connecticut Capitol

Mar. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — How a legalized reactional marijuana industry might work in Connecticut and the ramifications of taking such a step are being discussed at the state Capitol. Two legislative committees on Friday were hearing testimony on several marijuana-related bills, including the creation of a...

Correction: Water Task Force story

Mar. 22, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story March 20 about Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' water quality task force's first meeting, The Associated Press reported erroneously that infants afflicted with blue baby syndrome can carry enough oxygen in their blood. Infants with blue baby syndrome cannot carry enough oxygen in...