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Anti Brexit campaigner Steve Bray demonstrates outside Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Britain is due to leave the European Union on Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK treasury chief: Some businesses may hurt after Brexit

Jan. 18, 2020 4:12 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result. Sajid Javid told the Financial Times in an...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the dawn of what may be her toughest reelection fight, veteran Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain _ the pressure-packed middle of an issue, this time the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Jan. 18, 2020 1:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll...

Bill asks for proclamation marking 1st labor strike by women

Jan. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill asking for a yearly proclamation commemorating the first labor strike in the United States by women, which was in Dover, New Hampshire. On Dec. 30, 1828, about 400 women walked out for three days in protest of harsh, dangerous working...

Kansas rising electric rate-making process favors utilities

Jan. 18, 2020 11:50 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An independent review of Kansas' rising electricity prices shows the process used for setting rates favors utilities and could be improved. Lawmakers concerned that electricity prices were no longer competitive with neighboring states requested the study by London Economics in a bill...

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Cities can't opt out of legal pot under new state proposal

Jan. 18, 2020 10:53 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal from legislators that stresses small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the...

Indiana lawmaker seeking end of state's US Senate primaries

Jan. 18, 2020 10:41 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator is pushing for the elimination of Indiana’s primary elections for U.S. Senate and proposing that political parties select candidates at conventions. Sen. James Buck of Kokomo presented his plan to the Senate Elections Committee last week. He said a...

Gov. Brian Kemp, center, is flanked by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, right, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as he speaks during the State of the State address before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A look at week 1 of Georgia's 2020 legislative session

Jan. 18, 2020 9:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s 2020 legislative session opened Monday, bringing a flurry of activity back to the state Capitol. As lawmakers returned, they saw quick movement on legislation seeking to protect consumers from unexpected medical bills and tighten sales tax collection by online businesses....

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

New Mexico Game Commissioner Jimmy Bates, center, listens to a presentation during a meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commission voted to adopt changes to state trapping rules that include restrictions on where traps and snares can be placed. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico commission approves wildlife trapping changes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Trappers now have to complete an education course and new restrictions will be imposed on setting wildlife traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands in New Mexico under a measure adopted Friday by the state Game Commission. State wildlife...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated video circulating online incorrectly portraying Steyer criticizing Democrats during the Iowa presidential debate saying they would

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer criticized Democrats...