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New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis

Mar. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since...

Florida may boost regulation of cosmetic surgery clinics

Mar. 24, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Choeun Nuon traveled from her home in California to a Miami-area cosmetic surgery clinic to have a so-called Brazilian butt lift in February 2017. Instead of recovering after the procedure, the 32-year-old mother of two began slipping in and out of consciousness. She eventually passed out...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

Mar. 23, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn't even had a teacher strike. But as in...

Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

Mar. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked an appeals court Friday to immediately reinstate GOP-backed laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, sparking a flurry of legal maneuvering as both sides jockeyed for position before the court makes a decision....

Jimmy Carter's new milestone: Longest-lived US president

Mar. 22, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history. Friday is the 172nd day beyond...

Expanded sanctuary state rules advance in Washington

Mar. 22, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to expand Washington state's existing sanctuary state rules is moving forward in the Legislature, potentially strengthening an existing wall of West Coast states with such policies. The bill, from Mercer Island Democratic Sen. Lisa Wellman, would limit the ability of police...

The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

Mar. 22, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans' attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won't decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate...

Georgia Senate passes bill backed by Republican governor banning most abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected

Mar. 22, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Senate passes bill backed by Republican governor banning most abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

North Dakota Gov. Burgum signs 'abortion reversal' bill

Mar. 22, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it's possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents claim there is no medically accepted evidence that a...