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Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground

Nov. 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods next year, a significant portion of their population will be missing: prisoners. For these predominantly black areas, with incarceration rates among the highest in the nation, the...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

Nov. 17, 2019 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says President Donald...

Anti-robocall bill likely as House, Senate reach compromise

Nov. 15, 2019 8:39 PM EST

It’s looking like an anti-robocall bill will get sent to President Donald Trump this year, helping tackle an infuriating problem in the U.S. House and Senate leaders said Friday they’ve reached an agreement in principle on merging their two versions of bills against robocalls. The House bill had...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...

AP Explains: What’s wrong with hearsay evidence in Congress?

Nov. 15, 2019 12:54 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A leading Republican critique of the House impeachment inquiry is that Democrats are relying on “hearsay” evidence. The word ‘hearsay’ is bandied about in legal circles all the time, and in its simplest form refers to testimony that quotes what another...

Partisan vote in House for Export-Import Bank measure

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House split along party lines Friday to pass a measure renewing the charter of the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports. Just 13 Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the measure, a tally that...

German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One Egyptian woman is taking on the country’s inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men. Since her father's death last year, Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, has stood before three different judges to demand an equal share of the property left to her two brothers by...

These employers chip in on your student loans

Nov. 14, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Trilogy Health Services, a Louisville, Kentucky-based operator of senior living facilities, has paid $100 a month toward each eligible worker’s student loans over the past four years. Its total outlay: roughly $3 million. That money has made a big difference for Trilogy’s nurses, therapists and...

Bulgaria panel elects top prosecutor despite veto, protests

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s supreme judicial panel has voted to override a presidential veto of the election of the new chief prosecutor, despite criticism from the public. The panel voted 20-4 Thursday to elect Ivan Geshev for a seven-year term. The 49-year-old Geshev was the only candidate...