State governments

Mark Harris, Republican candidate in North Carolina's 9th Congressional race, prepares to testify during the fourth day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)
February 21, 2019 - 5:40 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections...
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Nathan Dalley, center, receives a hug after speaking during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Two Republican lawmakers proposed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah on Thursday, a plan that's been hailed as a milestone by advocates and won't be opposed by the influential Mormon church. Those who have been through conversion therapy, like 19-year-old Dalley, say it leaves them depressed and can lead to suicide attempts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
February 21, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers proposed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah on Thursday, a plan that's been hailed as a milestone by advocates and won't be opposed by the influential Mormon church. Republican Rep. Dan McCay acknowledged he isn't a typical...
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Survivor of sex abuse Francesco Zanardi, right, listens to Mark Rozzi, Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, during a press conference at the Italian Lower Chamber press hall in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
February 21, 2019 - 1:16 pm
ROME (AP) — U.S. and Italian advocates for victims of pedophile priests are pressing for Italy to overhaul legislation that allows bishops to dodge accountability for predator clergy in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the church wields considerable political influence. A U.S. state...
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FILE -- In this Feb. 20, 2019 photo a man holds a weapon of the gun maker Heckler & Koch in Berlin, Germany. The regional court in the German city of Stuttgart has convicted two former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch over their role in delivering weapons that ended up in troubled areas of Mexico. It has fined the company 3.7 million euros ($4.2 million), the value of the proceeds. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP, file)
February 21, 2019 - 8:06 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted two former employees of gun maker Heckler & Koch over their role in the delivery of weapons that ended up in troubled areas of Mexico, and ordered the confiscation of proceeds from the sales totaling some 3.7 million euros ($4.2 million). The...
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West Virginia teachers gathered at Capital High School in Charleston, WV. early Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, morning to protest the Omnibus Bill that is moving through the Legislature. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 1:07 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for West Virginia teachers have ended their two-day strike after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said classrooms would be reopening statewide starting Thursday...
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Pedestrians hold umbrellas while walking under light snow near the Oculus in lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, near The Oculus transportation hub in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
February 20, 2019 - 5:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A sprawling storm dumped several inches of snow from the Midwest to the East Coast and deluged the South with rain Wednesday as it closed schools, snarled air travel and littered highways with crashes. Only a few inches of snow fell along the Interstate 95 corridor from New York to...
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers talks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Evers says he anticipates not supporting a Republican middle class tax cut bill that passed with no Democratic votes. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 20, 2019 - 5:21 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office. Republicans rushed to pass the bill, the first they introduced this year,...
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February 20, 2019 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given to former state law enforcement officers. West Virginia law exempts state law enforcement retirees,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Julianne Moore arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration unveil the governor’s series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York. Cuomo’s list of proposals for 2019 includes eliminating the statute of limitations for rape claims and increasing protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
February 19, 2019 - 4:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration unveil the governor's series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York. Moore joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (HOH'-kuhl) on Tuesday at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for an...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution at a news conference in Little Rock, Ark. The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
February 19, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. The justices said Tuesday that they wouldn't get involved in the...
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