Latest Legislature News

Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

Abe's coalition still short of votes to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, but it lost ground and will not reach the super-majority needed to propose constitutional revisions, according to vote counts by public television and other media. NHK...

Alaska House fails to pass capital budget funding measure

Jul. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has failed to attain sufficient votes to repair the state's capital budget. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Legislature needed to reach a three-quarters supermajority to fund Senate Bill 2002. On Saturday, the bill passed the House 27-6, but a...

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear...

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they...

Could coastal mansions become eligible for disaster aid?

Jul. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. That's despite the fact that the Fenwick...

Ukraine president's party buoyed by exit poll after election

Jul. 21, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party was headed to win the biggest share of votes in the Ukraine's snap parliamentary election, according to an exit poll Sunday, but it was unclear if the party nailed down a solid majority in the legislature. The poll of 13,000 voters showed Servant...

Michigan officials suggest lower-cost ways to stay cool

Jul. 21, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As summer temperatures rise, the Michigan Public Service Commission is suggesting ways to stay cool while keeping utility bills under control. The agency recommends using fans to supplement air conditioning. Ceiling fans allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees...

In some states, GOP sees the recall as its way back to power

Jul. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results....

University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

Jul. 21, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska's leadership in climate science could be threatened by budget cuts made through Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes, according to a researcher at UA Southeast. Eran Hood, a professor of environmental science, researches avalanches and glacial flooding events and...