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Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving

Apr. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana had...

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

Apr. 18, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest. The House vote targets a $2.3 billion project...

US stocks cap holiday shortened week with modest gains

Apr. 18, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier. The marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains. Industrial sector stocks paved the...

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

Apr. 18, 2019 3:54 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...

Legislation overhauls Maryland medical network's board

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's governor signed fast-tracked legislation Thursday to overhaul a major medical network's board of directors following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements involving board members, including Baltimore's mayor. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who joined the volunteer...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Apr. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...

North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive. Cooper announced his decision two days after the General...

Arkansas governor signs bill raising marriage age to 17

Apr. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation that increases the state's marriage age to 17. Under the previous law, 16-year-old girls and 17-year-old boys could get married with the consent of their parents. If the girl was pregnant, a judge could approve a marriage...

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

Apr. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats failed to strip language out of a Florida Senate school safety bill that would expand a law allowing some teachers to carry guns in school. They argued Wednesday that more guns in school could make them more dangerous. Senators spent nearly two hours debating proposed...

Florida House OKs bill requiring parental abortion consent

Apr. 17, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would require consent from a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 could obtain an abortion passed the Florida House on Wednesday night after a lengthy debate and amid questions about its constitutionality. The Republican-led House voted 69-44 largely along...