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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan appears on the floor as the Illinois House of Representatives convenes at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. House Speaker Madigan on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, said he was “suspending” his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post. Madigan, the longest-serving leader of a legislative body in U.S. history, issued a statement that began, “This is not a withdrawal.” But it urged House Democrats to “work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for speaker.” (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP File)

Illinois replaces longest-serving legislative leader in US

Jan. 13, 2021 7:37 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Wednesday elected its first Black speaker to replace the longest-serving legislative leader in modern U.S. history, picking Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch for the job and pushing aside Michael Madigan after he was implicated in an ongoing...

A Washington State Patrol trooper walks past new security fencing installed on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, around the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash.. in anticipation of the legislative session opening on Monday. (Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP)

Washington Legislature set to meet amid pandemic, unrest

Jan. 10, 2021 11:10 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — When Washington lawmakers finished their legislative session last spring, COVID-19 response dominated their work. Nearly a year later, the economic and social impacts of the virus once again will be center stage as the Legislature convenes for the first time in person in nearly a...

FILE - In this April 9, 2014, file photo, oil rigs stand in the Loco Hills field on U.S. Highway 82 in Eddy County near Artesia, N.M., one of the most active regions of the Permian Basin. In the closing months of the Trump administration energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years. That stands to undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to block new drilling on public lands to address climate change. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

Oil companies lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate

Jan. 10, 2021 11:04 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the closing months of the Trump administration, energy companies stockpiled enough drilling permits for western public lands to keep pumping oil for years and undercut President-elect Joe Biden's plans to curb new drilling because of climate change, according to public records and...

FILE-This Tuesday March 24, 2020 file photo shows s sign that marks an entrance to Liberty University as students were welcomed back to the campus during the coronavirus outbreak in Lynchburg, Va.  Liberty University sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 accusing his administration of wrongfully denying financial aid to some of the evangelical school's online students.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber,File)

Liberty University sues governor over financial aid changes

Jan. 8, 2021 1:15 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, accusing his administration of wrongfully denying financial aid to some of the evangelical school's online students. At issue is a budget change Northam and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly implemented last year...

Mass. Legislature overrides veto, expands access to abortion

Dec. 29, 2020 3:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to override the Republican governor's veto of legislation that expands access to abortion in the state, making the measure law. The Democratic-controlled Senate's 32-8 override came a day after the Democratic-controlled House similarly voted to...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020 file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.  State lawmakers across the country will be convening in 2021 with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic rippling through much of their work — and even affecting the way they work. After 10 months of emergency orders and restrictions from governors and local executive officials, some state lawmakers are eager to reassert their power over statewide decisions shaping the way people shop, work, worship and attend school  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State capitols face showdown over COVID powers and spending

Dec. 29, 2020 10:43 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State lawmakers across the country will convene in 2021 with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic rippling through much of their work — even affecting the way they work. After 10 months of emergency orders and restrictions from governors and local executive officials, some...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, people shop at old Basra market, Iraq.  A leaked draft of Iraq's state budget has spurred panic as it confirmed the government's intentions to devalue the national currency, the Iraqi dinar, and cut salaries to cope with a severe economic crisis. Multiple officials confirmed the authenticity of the 2021 draft budget law that was making the rounds on social media on Thursday, Dec. 17.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraq's central bank devalues dinar by 22% amid public anger

Dec. 19, 2020 11:12 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Central Bank on Saturday announced it will devalue the Iraqi dinar by over 20 percent in response to a severe liquidity crisis brought on by low oil prices, a measure that has sparked public outrage as the government struggles to cover its expenses. Riot police were dispatched...

Inslee proposes capital gains tax, tax on health insurers

Dec. 17, 2020 7:13 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a new capital gains tax and a tax on health insurers as part of his two-year, $57.6 billion budget proposal that seeks to offset the revenue losses the state has seen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to help bolster the state’s...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, people shop at old Basra market, Iraq.  A leaked draft of Iraq's state budget has spurred panic as it confirmed the government's intentions to devalue the national currency, the Iraqi dinar, and cut salaries to cope with a severe economic crisis. Multiple officials confirmed the authenticity of the 2021 draft budget law that was making the rounds on social media on Thursday, Dec. 17.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Iraqis panic as leaked budget draft signals devaluation

Dec. 17, 2020 3:57 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leaked draft of Iraq's state budget sent Iraqis into a panic on Thursday as it confirmed the government's intentions to devalue the national currency, the Iraqi dinar, and cut salaries to cope with the impacts of a severe economic crisis. Discussions about devaluating the Iraqi dinar,...

A man, right, uses his cell phone as another walks through the medieval core of central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Cyprus' Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that an island-wide night time curfew would be extended through December while bars, restaurants and shopping malls would be shut, high school students would stay at home for online classes and church services would be without worshippers amid concerns that a sustained spike in coronavirus infections hasn't receded despite restrictions. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cypriot lawmakers reject state budget for 1st time ever

Dec. 17, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ lawmakers on Thursday voted down the coming year’s state budget for the first time since the country’s founding in 1960, amid a squabble over a probe into a defunct “golden passport” program. Following the 29-24 vote, lawmakers approved...