Legislation

This October 2018 photo made available by Virginia Black, right, shows her niece, Alexandra Black, and her son, Anthony Hauguel, in Lafayette, Ind. Alexandra died in a fatal lion mauling at an animal sanctuary in North Carolina in Dec. 2018. Now, her aunt is urging lawmakers to strengthen regulations on animal facilities in the state. (Alexandra Black via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 3:11 pm
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Alex Black came face to face with an escaped lion when she was just 10 days into her unpaid internship at a private animal sanctuary. The 22-year-old had been preparing deer meat to feed the big cats, and suddenly found herself alone, staring down the lion in a place where...
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In this May 19, 2019, photo, protesters for women's rights march to the Alabama Capitol to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest in Montgomery, Ala. Members of both parties say a flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a daunting weapon for next year’s elections. They say the restrictions will help Democrats paint the GOP as extreme and woo centrist voters who could decide tight House and Senate races. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
May 25, 2019 - 1:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say...
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Amanda Furdge of Jackson and a mother of three boys, relates her experience seeking an abortion in the state, as she addresses abortion rights advocates at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., during a rally to voice their opposition to state legislatures passing abortion bans that prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The rally in Jackson was one of many around the country to protest abortion restrictions that states are enacting. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
May 24, 2019 - 7:33 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. "Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. "Mississippi has passed another law...
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bills, banning the procedure on or beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, Friday, May 24, 2019 in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo by Summer Balentine)
May 24, 2019 - 6:35 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug...
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Protesters for women's rights hold a rally on the Alabama Capitol steps to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
May 24, 2019 - 3:20 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at a classified briefing for members of Congress on Iran, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 24, 2019 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole...
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks after touring the Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation campus Thursday, May 16, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. The Democrat says she is open to letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage in their auto insurance policies, but opposes a full opt-out option. (AP Photo/David Eggert)
May 24, 2019 - 9:17 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Democratic governor and Republican leaders announced Friday morning that they've reached an agreement on legislation to cut the country's highest insurance premiums. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement that the "agreement in concept" will "will lower costs and...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, people walk at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that. (AP Photo/Matt Rourk, File)
May 24, 2019 - 6:16 am
Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that. There are a few retirement-related bills of note making their way through Congress. One in particular, the Secure Act, gained significant traction this week. The House voted...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2019 file photo, Malaki Seku Amen holds up an American flag with the names of people shot and killed by law enforcement officers, as he and others in rally in support of a bill that would restrict the use of deadly force by police, in Sacramento, Calif. Major police organizations confirmed Thursday, May 23 2019, that they won't fight a measure, AB392, by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego that would bar police from using lethal force unless it is necessary to prevent immediate harm to themselves or others. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 23, 2019 - 7:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two major law enforcement organizations have dropped their opposition to California legislation that strengthens standards for when officers can use of deadly force, a shift that comes after supporters made changes to the measure. Spokesmen for organizations representing...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters after the Senate passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill to help a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Republican leaders agreed to Democrats' demand to toss out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to address a record influx of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and elsewhere and coming to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 23, 2019 - 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The relief...
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