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Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

Mar. 21, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced Thursday. Senators voted 23-6 Thursday to approve the bill that would allow residents to check a box on their...

Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance....

Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Mar. 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen....

Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

Mar. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned. Gen. Robert Neller said in a memo this...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Mississippi Senate OKs bid for constitutional convention

Mar. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate on Thursday approved a plan to join other states in asking for a national convention to propose amendments to the U.S Constitution, with supporters saying it's the best hope for limiting federal power, spending and debt. The Senate voted 32-17 to adopt a...

White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications

Mar. 21, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer. In a letter...

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

Mar. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections. Cesar Sayoc, 57, shackled at...

Alabama Senate approves repeal of Common Core standards

Mar. 21, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday voted to repeal the Common Core academic standards from public schools by the 2021-22 school year. Senators voted 23-7 for the bill that now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks...

Rand Paul's $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

Mar. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by the man. The Daily News of Bowling Green reports Special Judge Tyler Gill rejected a motion...