Latest Legislature News

California Democratic Party won't endorse Dianne Feinstein

Feb. 25, 2018 4:09 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein failed to win the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party as she seeks her fifth term, another sign that the party is divided over how best to battle Republicans in Washington. Democratic activists were more eager to back her primary challenger,...

The Latest: Students, teachers return to Florida high school

Feb. 25, 2018 3:49 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the law enforcement response after a deadly school shooting in Florida (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Thousands of students and their parents are returning to a Florida high school to find out what will happen when they return to school on Wednesday. The meeting Sunday...

Critics target partisan gerrymandering with state reforms

Feb. 25, 2018 3:28 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Responding to complaints about partisan gerrymandering, a significant number of states this year are considering changing the criteria used to draw congressional and state legislative districts or shifting the task from elected officials to citizen commissions. The proposals,...

Sweeping Georgia cybercrime bill would target 'snoopers'

Feb. 25, 2018 2:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Lying about your weight on an online dating site? Checking out who won the Falcons game from your work computer? Using your computer hacking knowledge as an "ethical hacker?" Those actions may become illegal if a Georgia bill gets voted into law, civil liberty advocates say. Supporters of a...

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes

Feb. 25, 2018 2:26 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The Christian leaders responsible for the...

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Feb. 25, 2018 1:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. Republican leaders have kept quiet for days...

Paul Ryan: 'We're going to win' despite midterm challenges

Feb. 25, 2018 12:47 PM EST

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's confident Republicans will triumph at the polls in November, while at the same time acknowledging that midterm elections are often tough for the president's party. Ryan delivered an upbeat message to Waukesha County Republicans Saturday night and said...

Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions

Feb. 25, 2018 12:46 PM EST

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in Iceland and across Europe have called the bill an attack on religious freedom. It is seen as a...

Prominent liberal state senator ends congressional bid

Feb. 25, 2018 12:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator who was the subject of allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides has announced he is ending his stalled congressional bid. Sen. Daylin Leach, a lawyer and a Democratic state lawmaker since 2003, had announced in...

The Latest: Germany's Merkel to put critic in new Cabinet

Feb. 25, 2018 12:19 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The latest on Germany's new government (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Chancellor Angela Merkel has named an ambitious young conservative as health minister in Germany's new government, signaling a desire to include critics in her fourth term. Merkel pledged to put fresh faces in her Cabinet...