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Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

State police union to stop paying ex-president's legal fees

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The union representing Massachusetts State Police troopers and sergeants says it has voted to stop paying the legal fees for its former president who was indicted on several federal charges last week. The Boston Globe reports the State Police Association of Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly...

Trump says gun bill negotiations going 'very slowly'

Sep. 19, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview, Trump said no deal is...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

Democrats largely fail to override governor's vetoes

Sep. 19, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's long list of vetoed bills emerged largely unscathed Thursday after two days of override attempts. Lawmakers in May successfully overrode Sununu's veto of a bill to abolish the death penalty, leaving more than 50 other vetoed bills to be taken up this...

Michigan Legislature approves budget for public schools

Sep. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student aid for most schools by $240, or 3%, which supporters lauded as record funding and some Democrats said would not keep pace with costs in an underfunded system. The...

Bill creating coin honoring Christa McAuliffe is approved

Sep. 19, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation is welcoming the passage of a bill that will create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord High School teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster 33 years ago. The bill passed the Senate in July...

Wisconsin governor says he would mull mandatory gun buybacks

Sep. 19, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that he would consider requiring assault weapon owners to sell such guns back to the government, sparking an instant backlash from Republican legislators. The GOP's top leaders said Evers finally revealed what they believe is Democrats' true goal...

Minnesota Senate Republicans unveil insulin cost bill

Sep. 19, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate said Thursday that they want to require drugmakers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can't afford the high cost of the life-saving medication. They unveiled their plan a week ahead of when House Democrats...

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Sep. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies. The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill next week. The vote...