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The Latest: Alaska governor takes issue with coverage

Aug. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska oil-wealth fund dividend (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents. Dunleavy...

What to expect as Italy's political crisis unfolds

Aug. 20, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug on a...

Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Aug. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections. Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers not swayed by his...

Nebraska moves all girls out of facility for troubled youth

Aug. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are moving 24 teenage girls out of a state-run facility for female juvenile offenders after learning that many were confined to buildings with fire hazards, holes in the wall and mold and water damage. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the move...

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Kentucky finds 1,000 teachers violated law during 'sickouts'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An election-year investigation into teacher rallies at Kentucky's Capitol found more than 1,000 educators violated state law by participating in protests that shut down some schools, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said Friday. No penalties will be assessed, Kentucky's labor...

Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

Aug. 16, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress pushed back Friday on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers have already approved. In a letter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky discouraged the...

US says Taiwan defense spending to rise with China threat

Aug. 15, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — America's top representative in Taiwan said Thursday that Washington expects the island to continue increasing its defense spending as Chinese security threats to the U.S. ally continue to grow. W. Brent Christensen said the U.S. had "not only observed Taiwan's enthusiasm to pursue...

Nation-wide education protests in Brazil against budget cuts

Aug. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of students and teachers have protested federal cuts in education spending in gatherings across Brazil. Union leaders called for a strike Tuesday in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education and plans to open federal...