Latest Legislature News

'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author eyes Senate bid in Ohio

Apr. 16, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and never forgot his Appalachian...

Arizona representative introduces bill to keep A-10 alive

Apr. 16, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill that would keep the A-10 “Warthog" attack aircraft in operation. Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick introduced the bill in Congress this week to continue funding the plane, upholding a long tradition of Arizona...

GOP leaders diverge on Trump, putting party in limbo

Apr. 16, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican leaders of Congress have made the trip to Mar-a-Lago to see Donald Trump. Kevin McCarthy visited after the deadly Jan 6 Capitol insurrection, counting on the former president's help to win back control of the House in 2022....

Gaetz and DeSantis: A friendship that may become a liability

Apr. 16, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When he launched his campaign to become Florida’s governor in January 2018, few expected Ron DeSantis to prevail in America’s toughest political battleground. The 39-year-old congressman was largely unknown outside his Daytona Beach...

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

Apr. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,...

7 Hong Kong democracy leaders to be sentenced amid crackdown

Apr. 16, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Seven of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates, including 82-year-old veteran activist Martin Lee and pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are expected to be sentenced Friday for organizing a march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an...

Hearing set on bid for 1st execution since 2006 in Nevada

Apr. 15, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has scheduled a hearing next month on a bid by prosecutors to set an execution date for a man convicted of walking into a Las Vegas supermarket with a shotgun and shooting five people, killing four, in 1999. Zane Michael Floyd’s...

WA Senate OKs bill to reinstate durg possession penalties

Apr. 15, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession. The Seattle Times reports that lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5476, in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck...

Montana lawmakers delay in-person meetings after virus case

Apr. 15, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will postpone floor sessions and not meet in person after a “member of the government affairs community” tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday evening press release. The individual who tested positive was...

Clashes break out at student protest in northern Greek city

Apr. 15, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators clashed with police Thursday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki at the end of a march to protest a new law allowing the policing of university campuses. About 7,000 people participated in the march, which...