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Washington state lawmaker's comments raise ire of nurses

Apr. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place, Washington,...

Boy's drag performance at Ohio bar prompts lawmaker's action

Apr. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The drag queen performance of a 9-year-old boy at a bar outside Ohio's capital city has prompted a state legislator to propose a law aimed at closing what he says is a "loophole in child exploitation laws." The Blade reports legislation proposed by Rep. Timothy Schaffer, a Lancaster...

Bevin looks to overcome battles to win another term

Apr. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Never one to duck controversy, Kentucky's Republican governor has feuded with teachers and insulted judges. He stunned GOP lawmakers recently by vetoing a pension bill counted on by an array of state-funded agencies, provoking a spat with the state Senate's top leader. Just weeks away...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team's distortions on Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller all but boldfaced this finding in his report on the Russia investigation: No exoneration for President Donald Trump on whether Trump criminally obstructed justice. But Trump and his aides are stating that Mueller's report did exonerate. No words from the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: __ CLAIM: Man who threw boy over Minnesota mall balcony is a Somali immigrant....

Brazil leader wants to ease laws on carrying guns

Apr. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his administration will soon introduce legislation to make it easier to carry guns in public and to expand protections for people who kill in defense of their lives or property. The plans announced during the president's Thursday evening...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push

Apr. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a...

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed Trump, Barr claims on Mueller report

Apr. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his attorney general are distorting the facts when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's report in the Russia investigation. Trump and his team continue to insist that he was exonerated by the two-year investigation. That's not true. The report...