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Thousands protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of his official residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest

Aug. 8, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets near the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, in a renewed show of strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing. Throughout the summer,...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo, children play in fountains at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the second special session of 2020. But the question remains if the session, which begins Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, will be solely dedicated to rebalancing the state budget thrown out of whack because of the COVID-19 pandemic or if bills altering policy will be considered. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...

Indiana Senate leader warns less funding for schools online

Aug. 7, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Senate president warned public schools in a letter that they could face budget cuts if they don't hold in-person classes this year, despite prior assurances from Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state leaders that schools would remain fully funded. Republican Rod Bray told school...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a woman runs on a path by a polling place during primary elections in San Diego. .On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the California Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that would let counties offer fewer in-person polling places if they keep them open at least four days. County election officials say they are having trouble securing enough polling places because of the pandemic. Senate bill 423 would let counties consolidate some polling places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California sets in-person voting rules amid coronavirus

Aug. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. The change follows another law Newsom signed...

Gov. Ricketts signs budget with flood relief, scholarships

Aug. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an updated, $9.3 billion state budget Thursday with new money for 2019 flood relief and career scholarships for the University of Nebraska and state colleges. Ricketts approved the two-year spending plan with no line-item vetoes. In a statement, he praised...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus during a COVID-19 press briefing, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Greg Michel and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, also spoke and provided an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi House leaders sue governor over partial vetoes

Aug. 5, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The two top leaders of the Mississippi House are suing Gov. Tate Reeves over his partial veto of some state budget bills, setting up another conflict among some of the state's top Republicans. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Speaker Pro Tempore Jason White, who are both in the GOP,...

Nebraska state Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln smiles during debate in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on her proposed bill outlawing dilation and evacuation abortions, a second-trimester procedure that opponents refer to as a dismemberment abortion. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 34-9 vote after supporters broke through a filibuster led by abortion-rights supporters. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska advances new 2nd trimester abortion restrictions

Aug. 5, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposal to outlaw a second-trimester abortion procedure cleared a major hurdle Wednesday in the Nebraska Legislature, a signal that it's likely to pass in the final days of this year's session. Lawmakers gave the measure first-round approval on a 34-9 vote after supporters broke...

NJ's high court weighs law authorizing $10B in debt

Aug. 5, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with whether a new state law letting the governor borrow nearly $10 billion to close budget gaps brought on by the coronavirus pandemic passes constitutional muster. The seven-justice court heard oral arguments over more than two hours...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 5, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off....