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Wisconsin court overturns conviction of gun-toting man

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:39

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A man who was walking near a school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle on his shoulder and a handgun in a holster had his loitering conviction overturned Tuesday by a Wisconsin appeals court, a victory for open carry advocates.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled ...

Cannes red carpet protest: 'Brazil is not a democracy'

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:14

CANNES, France (AP) - The cast of the Brazilian film "Aquarius" held a protest at their Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere on Tuesday, holding signs reading that Brazil is no longer a democracy.

Other signs claimed that Brazil has been the victim of a coup. On Thursday, Brazil's Senate ...

Attorney general questioned as 'sanctuary city' bill delayed

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:00

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee vote was postponed Tuesday on an effort to penalize Louisiana jurisdictions that don't align with federal immigration law, after some senators questioned whether the proposal gives the attorney general too much power.

Attorney General Jeff Landry testified in favor of the House-approved ...

GOP ekes out win on Library of Congress' immigration terms

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:47

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on a powerful House panel Tuesday narrowly defended a tea party-fueled move to tell the Library of Congress how to label immigrants living in the country illegally.

The GOP move is designed to force the Library of Congress to retain the term "illegal alien" for cataloging ...

Equality NC training citizens to lobby against LGBT law

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:35

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Representatives from a North Carolina LGBT advocacy organization say the state's new law limiting antidiscrimination policies is drawing more people out of their homes and to lawmakers' offices.

About 70 people participated in advocacy training sessions hosted by Equality NC at the Legislative Building on Tuesday.


Judge halts enforcement of a portion of DC's strict gun law

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:21

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge in Washington halted enforcement of a portion of the city's strict gun law Tuesday in a ruling that conflicts with another judge's assessment of the law earlier this year and sets up two competing views for a higher court.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard ...

Law giving judges access to juvenile records takes effect

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:12

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A handful of New Mexico laws are set to take effect Wednesday, including one allowing judges to review and take into consideration some crime suspects' juvenile court records when making sentencing and bail decisions.

Jaydon's Law, named for an Albuquerque teen who police say was shot ...

Immigration agents arrest 87 people in Nevada

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:02

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal immigration enforcement agents have arrested 87 people in Reno and Las Vegas during a five-day operation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Monday that they arrested 65 people in Las Vegas and 22 people in Reno last week, including convicted drug traffickers and known ...

Senate dismisses Obama veto threat, OKs bill to sue Saudi govt. over terror attacks

Tue, 2016-05-17 10:00

Brushing aside a veto threat from President Obama, the Senate approved legislation Tuesday granting Americans the right to sue and collect damages from foreign countries deemed to have been responsible for terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

The bill has been deeply controversial, with Saudi Arabia — fearful of lawsuits stemming ...

Ethics reform bill moves forward in Rhode Island House

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:55

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Top Rhode Island lawmakers are moving quickly to get an ethics reform initiative on the November ballot.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday.

The legislation seeks voter approval of a constitutional amendment that would allow the state's Ethics ...

Mary Anne Nolan obituary: I choose death over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:45

Take me, home, Jesus! Lord knows it's way too crazy down here!

That's essentially what a "feisty" Richmond, Virginia, woman communicated in her official obituary printed in Tuesday's Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond ...

No federal charges in accidental commencement shooting

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:37

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) - No federal charges will be filed against a concealed weapon permit-holder who wounded himself and a bystander when the gun he stuffed into his sock accidentally discharged at a southern Kansas high school graduation ceremony.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that there's an exception to ...

Marco Rubio pleads with GOP to fund full Zika request, backfill money later

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:11

Sen. Marco Rubio begged his Republican colleagues Tuesday to fully fund President Obama's nearly $2 billion request to combat the Zika virus, saying it is really "the scientists' request" and that Congress can easily backfill the money if it shows the will.

Mr. Rubio, a Florida Republican whose state faces ...

Governor to sign bill inspired by marathon bombing survivor

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:09

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor plans to sign into law a bill inspired by a resident injured in the Boston Marathon bombings who had trouble applying for the state's crime victim compensation fund because the attack happened in Massachusetts.

The law would compensate Rhode Island residents injured in ...

Obama to finalize rule expanding overtime pay

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:04

The Department of Labor is expected Wednesday to finalize its rule dramatically expanding overtime pay for about 5 million more workers.

Industry groups are bracing for the final release of the rule, which would approximately double the salary threshold for workers qualifying for overtime.

Current, salaried workers earning up to ...

Top conservative group rejects Facebook summit, says bias runs too deep

Tue, 2016-05-17 07:59

The American Conservative Union has rejected Facebook's offer to be part of a meeting this week to discuss the online giant's liberal bias, saying the issues run deeper than a single meeting or an algorithm that slights conservatives.

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said the evidence of Facebook bias has mounted, ...

White House cites executive privilege, keeps Obama adviser from testifying about Iran nuclear deal

Tue, 2016-05-17 07:17

Sen. Tom Cotton accepted the challenge, but President Obama's speechwriter and high-ranking foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes ducked out of a hearing Tuesday where he was to explain whether he misled the country in pushing the Iran nuclear deal.

Members of Congress had been eager to prod Mr. Rhodes over ...

The Latest: Bergdahl court-martial start delayed to February

Tue, 2016-05-17 07:06

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on a pre-trial hearing ahead of a pending court-martial for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

A military judge is delaying the start of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's military trial until February.

Col. Jeffrey Nance said during a pre-trial hearing ...

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

Tue, 2016-05-17 07:01

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. May 12, 2016

A state cap on annexation.

Mayor Tom Henry says the City Council's 7-2 defeat of his annexation plan amounted to councilmen turning "their backs on those who elected them to to represent city interests."

But council members were not petitioned by city residents begging ...

Bernie Sanders campaign: We're helping Hillary Clinton and vice versa

Tue, 2016-05-17 06:24

Sen. Bernard Sanders' campaign manager said Tuesday that Mr. Sanders is helping Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and vice versa, and that the general election contest is likely to devolve into a mudslinging fight.

"I would say that we are helping Hillary Clinton, as a matter of fact, assuming that ...

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