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AP: Partisan divide over gun laws continues in most states

Sep. 26, 2018 5:05 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated...

AP: Partisan divide over gun laws continues in most states

Sep. 26, 2018 5:03 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from...

Push to end bullet train in 2020 could signal GOP strategy

Sep. 25, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative...

The Latest: Tennessee Senate candidates close out debate

Sep. 25, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate debate in Tennessee (all times local): 7 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have closed out their first debate in their U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Bredesen and Blackburn debated for an hour Tuesday,...

2-year window for clergy abuse lawsuits sent to state Senate

Sep. 25, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House overwhelmingly passed a proposal Tuesday to give victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania an opportunity to file lawsuits over claims that would otherwise be too outdated to pursue, but a key Senate leader said the current draft had "glaring problems" that...

Wyoming, Idaho weigh options after grizzly hunt ruling

Sep. 25, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials frustrated by a judge's decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that's not their only option to contest the decision. They could lean on Congress to exempt the...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke 'Jim Crow' remark goes beyond police

Sep. 25, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of making offensive comments about police officers during their first debate of the Texas Senate race. The attack came amid heightened attention in Texas on fatal shootings involving police officers. Last month, a white...

Panel urges funding for new voting machines in Pennsylvania

Sep. 25, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group examining election security in Pennsylvania urged Congress and state lawmakers Tuesday to speed up the funding required to replace voting machines, noting most lack a paper record needed to check for fraud and errors. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania's Election...

O'Rourke condemns activists for forcing Cruz from restaurant

Sep. 25, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is condemning a protest that forced his opponent in Texas' closer-than-expected Senate race to leave a Washington restaurant. Online videos posted by an activist group show Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, being confronted by protesters about...

Cost caps sought for Georgia nuclear project to move forward

Sep. 24, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's only major nuclear power plant under construction appears to still be alive as the three owners seek to hash out conditions that one of them set on the project, now years over schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Oglethorpe Power on Monday said it's only willing to move...