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Lamont says he'd veto current version of family leave bill

May. 22, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he'll veto a proposal creating a paid family medical leave program, saying the current version of the bill is too "top heavy" with bureaucracy and requires further negotiations. The Democrat said Wednesday he was surprised to hear the...

NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...

Trump demands end to Russia probes, walks out of Dem meeting

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the walkout seemed...

The Latest: 2 more Oklahoma towns urged to evacuate

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Residents of two more Oklahoma towns are being encouraged to leave their homes ahead of expected flooding that has also prompted flooding concerns in Missouri and Kansas. Residents in the Tulsa...

Virginia Gov. Northam maintains he's not in racist photo in 1984 yearbook, hours after release of inconclusive report

May. 22, 2019 1:26 PM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Northam maintains he's not in racist photo in 1984 yearbook, hours after release of inconclusive report.

Lawyer: Police shot Texas woman in stomach, chest and face.

May. 22, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the victim's family says a private autopsy shows a police officer shot a Houston-area woman in the stomach, chest and face. Attorney Ben Crump presented the autopsy report Wednesday. Pamela Turner's family has been pressing to hold Baytown police accountable for the killing that...

Duterte moves to forcibly send garbage back to Canada

May. 22, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to have truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago be forcibly shipped back to Canada, Duterte's spokesman said Wednesday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo held a news...

Suspect shot by police was free despite probation violations

May. 22, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An armed robbery suspect who was shot this month by Iowa City police had been released from jail days earlier, despite probation violations that could have kept him behind bars, a review by The Associated Press shows. Hours after bonding out of jail on charges of assaulting a police...

NY lawmakers vote to allow release of Trump's state tax returns to Democrats in Congress; bill on way to governor

May. 22, 2019 1:22 PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — NY lawmakers vote to allow release of Trump's state tax returns to Democrats in Congress; bill on way to governor.

Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters said Wednesday they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area. State TV Al-Ikhbariya later...