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Minnesota House aims to hit drug companies for opioid crisis

Mar. 18, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House voted Monday night to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the state's growing costs for dealing with the opioid crisis. The bill passed 94-34 after around four hours of debate that split mostly along party lines. It would support a wide range of prevention,...

Sharpton, family seek change a year after Stephon Clark died

Mar. 18, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing beside the family of a 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police a year ago Monday, the Rev. Al Sharpton called for California to make it easier to prosecute officers who kill civilians and to require that all cases go before a grand jury. "The legacy is we're...

The Latest: Pence to survey Nebraska flood damage Tuesday

Mar. 18, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nebraska to survey damage from flooding in the Midwest. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump requested Pence go Tuesday to the Midwest...

Utah passes bill blocking independent police review boards

Mar. 18, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has passed a bill banning oversight powers for independent civilian boards established to review police departments. The Utah Senate and House approved the bill Monday despite one of its sponsors saying it would not change current state procedures. Republican Sen....

Haiti parliament ousts prime minister in no-confidence vote

Mar. 18, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Prime Minister Henry Ceant was thrown out of office by a no-confidence vote Monday prompted by government dysfunction and inability to quash inflation, blackouts and frequent opposition protests that have paralyzed Haiti. The Chamber of Deputies voted 93-6, with three...

Tennessee House OKs bill to nix 1 court death penalty review

Mar. 18, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As U.S. executions hover near historically low levels, a bill passed by the Tennessee House aims to remove one state court's review before putting inmates to death. The House voted 73-22 Monday for Republican Rep. Mary Littleton's legislation to skip Tennessee's Court of Criminal...

NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

Mar. 18, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his...

NJ lawmakers advance bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Mar. 18, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took a step Monday toward legalizing recreational marijuana as lawmakers advanced a measure allowing adults to use cannabis after hours of delay and back-room wrangling over the measure that irritated witnesses and some legislators. Democratic-controlled Assembly and Senate...

Ex-N Carolina lawmaker indicted in campaign finance probe

Mar. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state lawmaker was indicted Monday on charges of filing false campaign statements and his ex-campaign treasurer faces a related charge. A Mecklenburg County grand jury indicted Democratic ex-Rep. Rodney Moore on nine felony counts of filing false campaign...

Border wall could siphon aircraft, submarine project money

Mar. 18, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Members of Congress say the Department of Defense tells them that congressionally approved money for four projects in Pennsylvania are at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The offices of Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Chrissy...