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  • THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013, 8:46 A.M.

    Supermajority for taxes in Legislature unconstitutional

    OLYMPIA — Requiring the Legislature to approve tax increases by a super-majority violates the state Constitution if it’s done by an initiative, Washington’s highest court said this morning.


  • MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013, 3:09 P.M.

    Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies

    With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013, 8:07 A.M.

    French Assembly passes gay marriage, adoption bill

    PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists have pushed …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2013, 4:41 A.M.

    Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013, 11:56 A.M.

    British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013, 2:29 P.M.

    Congress sends bill to Obama averting govt default

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013, 2:06 P.M.

    Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

    Vestal: Knezovich needs help in Olympia

    What do you have to do to stay fired as a cop in this state? Kick a handcuffed suspect while he’s down? Force a mentally ill suspect to strip and …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013, 8:51 A.M.

    Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

    Vestal: Rape law advocate finds change is slow

    Virginia Graham didn’t get into politics for the politics. “I’m probably the least political person you’ve ever met,” she said.


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 12:25 P.M.

    Booker won’t run for NJ gov, eyes US Senate seat

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, perhaps New Jersey’s highest-profile Democrat, has ruled out a bid for governor next year and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 8:42 A.M.

    House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 5:54 A.M.

    Kerry: Mistakes made at State in Libya assault

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department had “clear warning signs” of a deteriorating security situation in Libya prior to the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the diplomatic mission, the top …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 12:19 A.M.

    Gun laws show difficulty of stemming violent acts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One early focus of new gun regulations by President Barack Obama and some lawmakers would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons, a law widely regarded as …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012, 12:15 A.M.

    Lawmakers press for answers on 9/11 Libya assault

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers want to know why security was “grossly inadequate” at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when militants stormed the facility on Sept. 11, killing the ambassador …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 11:54 P.M.

    House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead Thursday on a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, sparing most workers from a …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 4:51 P.M.

    One by one, shattered Newtown buries its dead

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — One by one by one by one, each with fresh heartbreak, hearses crisscrossed two New England towns on Wednesday, bearing three tiny victims of the Sandy …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 4:39 P.M.

    ‘Lincoln’ at the Capitol draws director and star

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Today’s lawmakers might be excused for thinking they’ve seen this movie: A recently re-elected president spars with a quarrelsome Congress over an issue that roils the nation. …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 3:56 P.M.

    Senators write Sony, criticize ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The movie “Zero Dark Thirty” is misleading and “grossly inaccurate” in its suggestion that torture produced the tip that led the U.S. military to find terrorist leader …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 3:24 P.M.

    GOP proposes smaller, $24B Sandy aid package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $24 billion emergency aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims, less than half of what Democrats hope to pass by Christmas. The …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 2:50 P.M.

    Obama to send Congress gun proposals in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the time for action overdue, President Barack Obama promised on Wednesday to send Congress broad proposals in January for tightening gun laws and curbing violence after …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 2:47 P.M.

    Obama, Boehner clash as cliff edge approaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiscal cliff talks at a partisan standoff, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner swapped barbed political charges on Wednesday yet carefully left room for further …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 1:45 P.M.

    Possible Hagel pick raises concerns in Senate GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s possible pick of Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon raises serious concerns among some of his former Senate colleagues, who question his pronouncements …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 1:23 P.M.

    Bork nomination fight altered judicial selection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives wanted Robert H. Bork on the Supreme Court. They wound up with Anthony Kennedy, the key vote in reaffirming a woman’s right to an abortion. The …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 1:03 P.M.

    IRS: 100M taxpayers face delays without AMT fix

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 100 million taxpayers — about two-thirds of all filers — won’t be able to file their 2012 tax returns until late March if Congress doesn’t …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 10:17 A.M.

    Hearing on voting rights turns partisan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred Wednesday over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:56 A.M.

    Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a horrific elementary school shooting, President Barack Obama vowed to send Congress new policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January. “This time, the words …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:49 A.M.

    Obama: He and Boehner ‘pretty close’ to a deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 9:38 A.M.

    State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012, 8:48 A.M.

    Florida Sen. Nelson: GOP disenfranchised voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans are sparring over whether voter ID laws and restricted early voting are attempts to disenfranchise African-American and Hispanic voters. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, …


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