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Today in History

Feb. 20, 2019 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2019. There are 314 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and...

Arkansas governor signs 'triggered' abortion ban into law

Feb. 19, 2019 9:11 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor has signed into law a measure that would ban abortion in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure nationwide. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office says the Republican on Tuesday signed the legislation, making...

Despite bill's demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day

Feb. 19, 2019 7:59 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers will remain on strike for a second day despite a move by the House of Delegates to effectively kill a complex education bill that had sent them to the picket lines. The leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel made the...

The Latest: Teachers to strike a 2nd day in West Virginia

Feb. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers' strike in West Virginia (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A teachers strike in West Virginia will head into a second day. The leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel made the announcement Tuesday night that the walkout will...

Officials: Arizona will miss US deadline for key water plan

Feb. 19, 2019 7:20 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven states to...

Texas senator defends bill empowering husband's office

Feb. 19, 2019 6:53 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday that a bill she filed that would change state securities law "has literally nothing to do" with her husband facing criminal charges of defrauding investors, even as experts said the proposal appears to strike near the heart of...

Oklahoma agriculture board approves poultry farm proposals

Feb. 19, 2019 6:30 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture on Tuesday approved proposals for new or expanding poultry operations requiring them to be a certain distance away from homes and schools, but some eastern Oklahoma residents say the plan doesn't go far enough. The board voted 3-2 for the rules that...

The Latest: Controversial Arizona water bill put on hold

Feb. 19, 2019 6:29 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona's efforts to implement a Colorado River drought plan (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Arizona House speaker is putting on hold water legislation that angered the Gila River Indian Community and threatened to derail a drought plan for the Colorado River. Republican...

NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage

Feb. 19, 2019 4:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union's argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping police...

NY Gov. Cuomo wants all back-seat passengers to buckle up

Feb. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint when...