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FBI, IRS agents search Baltimore mayor's homes, City Hall

Apr. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks. The searches pushed the latest political scandal for Maryland's largest city to a...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Apr. 25, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy. Four...

California vaccine rules advance over emotional opposition

Apr. 24, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced tougher rules for vaccinations late Wednesday after hearing hours of testimony from hundreds of opponents while the nation grapples with the highest number of measles cases in decades. The Senate Health Committee approved the proposal to give state...

Candidates discuss wide range of issues during debate

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three Democrats running for Kentucky governor wrangled Wednesday evening in a televised debate over issues ranging from marijuana legalization to the future of Appalachian coal, less than a month before the state's primary. The candidates also emphasized some of their campaign themes...

SC House gives near final backing to heartbeat abortion bill

Apr. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House gave near final approval to a bill Wednesday that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but the measure may have little chance of clearing the Senate. The House voted 70-31 to give the bill second reading after more than five...

Florida House passes bill allowing ex-felon voting rights

Apr. 24, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation to restore voting rights to convicted felons except murderers and felony sex offenders has passed the Florida House. The Republican-dominated House voted 71-45 Wednesday for the bill that would implement a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November. The...

Feds intend to sue Tennessee lawmaker over pain clinics

Apr. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said this week they intend to file a lawsuit against a Tennessee state senator and other co-owners of a now-shuttered pain clinic company. Court filings said Comprehensive Pain Specialists, which was based in Tennessee and once operated in 12 states, defrauded...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

California lawmakers advance plan for denser housing

Apr. 24, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced a proposal Wednesday to spur more housing near transportation and jobs and make it easier to turn single-family homes into fourplexes as the state grapples with a lack of affordable housing. The measure, a compromise between two Democratic senators,...

2020 Democrats confronting debate over letting felons vote

Apr. 24, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says that they should and that voting is "inherent to our democracy — yes, even for...