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California lawmakers move closer to regional electric grid

Jun. 19, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other states in the U.S. West narrowly cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday, keeping alive a proposal that has divided environmentalists over the best way to expand renewable energy. The proposal, backed...

The Latest: Trump taunts SC Rep. Sanford in GOP meeting

Jun. 19, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT): 7:05 p.m. President Donald Trump worked in a verbal jab at Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, as he spoke to House Republicans Tuesday evening on Capitol Hill. "I want to congratulate Mark on a great race," Trump...

Business leaders speak out against child separation policy

Jun. 19, 2018 3:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally. The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group that includes the CEOs of Walmart Inc., General Motors Co., Boeing Co. and Mastercard Inc.,...

Israeli bill seeks to ban photographing soldiers

Jun. 18, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Cabinet ministers have proposed legislation that seeks to outlaw photographing Israeli soldiers "for the sake of shaming them," a ban rights groups say would amount to government censorship. Facing criticism and questions about the proposal's legality, the government already...

Netanyahu unexpectedly meets with Indonesian Muslim leader

Jun. 14, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization has held a surprise meeting with Israel's prime minister. Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million member Nahdlatul Ulama, is visiting Israel at the invitation of the American Jewish Committee, a U.S. advocacy group. Israel and...

In Israel, Indonesian Muslim leader risks backlash at home

Jun. 11, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion. Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million member Nahdlatul Ulama, is in Israel as a guest of the...

Court: Compliance reached in education funding case

Jun. 7, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A long-running court case over the adequacy of education funding in Washington state has ended, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday lifting its jurisdiction over the case and dropping daily sanctions after the Legislature funneled billions more dollars into public schools. The...

US officials OK plan to rebuild Isle Royale wolf population

Jun. 7, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — With the wolves of Isle Royale National Park on the verge of dying out, federal officials Thursday announced a plan to relocate 20-30 of the elusive predators from the mainland to the Lake Superior archipelago over the next several years, starting as early as this fall. The...

Group renews call to rename Boston landmark over slave ties

Jun. 5, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An advocacy group is renewing calls to rename Boston's historic Faneuil Hall because its namesake owned slaves. The New Democracy Coalition requested in a Monday letter to the Boston City Council that it hold hearings to gather public feedback on the idea. The downtown meeting house was built...

US small companies may pay more for steel and aluminum

Jun. 4, 2018 11:40 AM EDT

Many small companies in the United States can expect to pay more for steel and aluminum following the Trump administration's imposition of tariffs on imports from Europe, Canada and Mexico, small business advocacy groups say. Business owners also face the prospect of higher costs if the administration follows...