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New Hampshire halves amount of arsenic allowed in water

Jul. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill that cuts by half the level of arsenic allowed in the public water supply has been signed into law. The bill, signed Friday, lowers the maximum amount of arsenic allowed in public water to 5 parts per billion. New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services...

Hong Kong elders march in support of young demonstrators

Jul. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong senior citizens, including a popular actress, marched Wednesday in a show of support for youths at the forefront of monthlong protests against a contentious extradition bill in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The seniors also slammed the police for their...

Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises

Jul. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period. The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years....

House vote condemning Trump's tweets draws some GOP support

Jul. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my...

Congress grills Big Tech over competition, money and power

Jul. 17, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

Big Tech faced tough questions Tuesday as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency. Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have long enjoyed nearly unbridled...

Legislation would force disclosures about terror watchlist

Jul. 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has submitted legislation that would force President Donald Trump's administration to disclose details about how it shares the FBI's watchlist of more than 1 million known or suspected terrorists with foreign countries. The legislation from...

AP FACT CHECK: UK leadership contenders make wild promises

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild. Contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both say they will break the country's political deadlock over Brexit, take Britain out of the European Union, boost the economy...

State funding change to increase rural Alaska utility bills

Jul. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Residents of rural Alaska will be hit with rising energy costs after a statewide funding change, officials said. The state Legislature annually transfers money from dozens of state accounts into the Constitutional Budget Reserve, Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday. Officials say a...

Gardner had good news for Colorado. But Trump had tweets.

Jul. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner had reeled in a big political fish. A major government agency, the Bureau of Land Management, was moving to his state and marking a victory years in the making for one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans. But Gardner's moment of triumph rolled out Monday...

Lawmakers to vote on belated state budget as deadline looms

Jul. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are expected to vote on a proposed two-year state budget Wednesday, hours before the extended deadline to pass the $69 billion spending plan. The latest version , approved Tuesday by a conference committee, includes a 4% personal income tax cut and $550 million for...