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Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Apr. 23, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House. Lawmakers debated a measure into the night that would implement a constitutional...

California pushes talks on 1st-in-US police shooting rules

Apr. 23, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police. A state Senate committee tied a police-backed measure requiring more training to a...

The Latest: Court conservatives seem OK with census question

Apr. 23, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census (all times local): 4 p.m. The Supreme Court's conservative majority appears ready to uphold the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census,...

Washington state bill limits measles vaccine exemptions

Apr. 23, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption from vaccinating their children for measles, although medical and religious exemptions will remain. The vote comes as the number of measles cases nationwide this year has...

The Latest: London counter-terrorism team seeks images

Apr. 23, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 11 p.m. London police are asking for images taken during the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. Acting Commander Alexis Boon said Tuesday that counter-terrorism police want to look at any images and footage taken before,...

Dems clash with Trump officials on subpoenas, tax returns

Apr. 23, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the...

Florida House debates bill banning 'sanctuary city' policies

Apr. 23, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House opened debate Tuesday on a hotly contested Republican bill requiring local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and banning so-called "sanctuary city" policies aimed at shielding immigrants who are arrested. The GOP-dominated...

Evers: Foxconn proposed renegotiating Wisconsin deal

Apr. 23, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a letter his office released Tuesday that Foxconn Technology Group approached the state last month about wanting to renegotiate its contract for a project that could yield the global electronics giant more than $4 billion in state and local tax...

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still...

Judge denies Republicans' attempt to join abortion lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected Wisconsin Republican lawmakers' attempt to intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging the state's abortion restrictions, saying in a strongly worded order that they presented no evidence that the Democratic attorney general wouldn't...