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Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

Mar. 21, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced Thursday. Senators voted 23-6 Thursday to approve the bill that would allow residents to check a box on their...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

The Latest: Democrats want to stop paying outside attorneys

Mar. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a judge blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are asking their Republican counterparts to stop paying outside attorneys representing the Legislature after a judge blocked the GOP's lame-duck laws. Republican...

German Wikipedia blacked out in protest of EU copyright plan

Mar. 21, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Wikipedia's German-language page has been blacked out in protest of a proposal to change European Union copyright rules. Visitors to the online encyclopedia's German section were greeted Thursday with a statement from Wikipedia authors urging them to contact EU lawmakers to try to stop the...

Gillibrand 'open to improving' opioids bill after criticism

Mar. 20, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "open to improving" a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain. The senator from New York was addressing criticism she received last week when she tweeted that she and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of...

South Dakota governor signs bills aimed at curbing abortion

Mar. 20, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday signed a package of bills aimed at curbing abortion. Noem said the bills will "crack down on abortion providers in South Dakota" by requiring providers to use a state form women must sign before they can end a pregnancy. "A strong and growing...

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag, but to...

Live Free and Fly: New Hampshire House approves state raptor

Mar. 20, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It was a good day for red-tailed hawks and a bad day for coyotes Wednesday as the New Hampshire House voted in favor of honoring one predator but against protecting another. Four years ago, lawmakers made national news by refusing to pass a bill promoted by Hampton Falls fourth-graders...

Army bill for public records on contaminant: About $300,000

Mar. 20, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has put a price tag on releasing the results of water tests for a dangerous contaminant at military installations: nearly $300,000. In a March 12 letter, the Army told the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group, that the military would charge the group $290,400 to...