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A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservatives

Feb. 21, 2020 3:01 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians were voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to combat PFAS pollution

Feb. 21, 2020 2:53 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans hastily put together a bill addressing PFAS contamination and pushed it through to the Senate early Friday morning, just moments before adjourning for the year. The bill gives Rep. John Nygren of Marinette cover on the campaign trail this summer. His northeastern...

Proposal would set 16-year limit on Ohio lawmaker terms

Feb. 21, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would set strict 16-year limits on legislators serving in the Ohio House or Senate. Ohioans for Legislative Term Limits filed signatures and petition language with Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday with a goal of placing the the amendment on...

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaks to reporters in the Assembly chamber ahead of their final day in session Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Vos says he hopes Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will sign into law a GOP income tax cut proposal passing the Legislature on Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Assembly GOP limits area with 4 a.m. convention bar time

Feb. 21, 2020 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly walked back a bill Thursday that would have allowed bars across Wisconsin to stay open later during the Democratic National Convention this summer, tweaking the proposal to allow extended hours only for taverns in the southeastern corner of the state before passing...

State mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please...

Kansas could release more evidence in fatal police shootings

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Wendy Couser, a former juvenile intake officer at the Newton Police Department, has always believed in the importance of consequences. But Couser feels that she’s yet to see consequences for the law enforcement officials who beat, shot and killed her son, William...

People walk near the Paris Las Vegas hotel casino, site of a Democratic presidential debate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. Nevada's first-in-the West presidential caucus puts the spotlight Saturday on a state that has swung increasingly blue over the last two decades. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tech boom, suburban growth drive Nevada's Democratic shift

Feb. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Twenty years ago, long before Nevada was part of the early presidential selection process, the phone typically rang unanswered at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Reno during mid-term elections. "We had a small conference room and a tiny reception area, but no staff at all,"...

Iran's state TV says polls have opened for a new parliament as some 7,000 candidates run for the 290-seat house

Feb. 20, 2020 11:40 PM EST
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says polls have opened for a new parliament as some 7,000 candidates run for the 290-seat house.
New Mexico Rep. Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, R-Corrales, speaks after the end of the New Mexico Legislative Session in Santa Fe, N.M. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. New Mexico Democratic legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts more than a half-billion dollars over GOP objections. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico House Republicans say they see path to majority

Feb. 20, 2020 11:07 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Republicans say voter anger over a red-flag gun bill and overspending will help them reclaim the majority in 2020. House Minority Whip Rod Montoya said Thursday that Republicans will take back the New Mexico House in 2020 and challenge Democrats in key swing seats....

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground, gestures during his State of the State address as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called

Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

Feb. 20, 2020 10:51 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor...