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Lawmakers to hold public hearing on Baker health care bill

Jan. 26, 2020 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing this week for a sweeping bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that would overhaul the state's health care system. Baker said the bill would cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers while requiring walk-in...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Dems say oust Trump or he'll betray again; 'He is who he is'

Jan. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They then implored Republican senators to allow...

Lawmakers hold hearing on immigrant 'sanctuary state' bill

Jan. 24, 2020 9:37 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are hearing testimony Friday on a proposal that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. The Safe Communities Act is meant to limit interaction between local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among other things, the bill would prevent...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Democrats argue ‘right matters’ in Trump impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2020 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case Thursday at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press...

FILE - This Sept. 16, 2019, file photo shows an aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine. The blast killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP, File)

Victim's daughter: Severed propane line led to fatal blast

Jan. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A propane explosion that killed a firefighter and injured six of his colleagues and another person last year in Maine was caused by a post that was placed in the ground to protect an exterior heating unit, severing an underground gas line, according to testimony at a recent...

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate was poised to hear opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, with Democratic House managers set to make their case that Trump abused power and should be removed from office.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats appeal for GOP help to convict 'corrupt' Trump

Jan. 22, 2020 11:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats launched into marathon arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday, appealing to skeptical Republican senators to join them in voting to oust Trump from office to “protect our democracy.” Trump's lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, as...

Idaho lawmakers hear divisive testimony on science standards

Jan. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers heard contentious testimony Wednesday on the state's education standards for science. The Idaho Content Standards on English language arts, math and science are heavily based on the Common Core standards used by more than 40 states to describe what students...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate plunges into President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump's

Impeachment trial brings angst for 4 presidential hopefuls

Jan. 22, 2020 4:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four Democratic senators seeking the White House want to be out there campaigning, but they’re pulled off the presidential campaign trail and into the Senate to serve as jurors in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. That means forgoing raucous events and adoring crowds...

DNR board to gauge reaction to deer hunt changes

Jan. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state's traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during the...

U.S. President Donald Trump flashes a thumbs-up as he arrives at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Trump says he's open to witnesses as trial rules are set

Jan. 22, 2020 9:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s...