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  • Hunters ready for 1st wolf hunts in Wis., Minn.

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around …


  • Tom DeLay to make case to appeals court

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader and GOP heavyweight Tom DeLay is getting ready to make his case to an appeals court that his 2010 conviction for …


  • NY court considers: Is gang member a terrorist?

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In 2002, a New York City street gang crashed a christening party, shouted out their superiority, confronted a rival and started a fight that left a …


  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …


  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …


  • Fatal parasail accidents renew calls for rules

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Soaring high above the ocean, tethered to a boat, a parasail ride is at once exhilarating and peaceful, even quiet. But every year, there are …


  • Judge tosses Montana campaign finance limits

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Montana’s campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional, a decision that comes less than a month before Election Day and marks …


  • Judge halts Pa.’s tough new voter ID requirement

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement became the latest of its kind to get pushback from the courts ahead of Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to …


  • Ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy to be challenged

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights advocates are making plans to get other states to join California in banning psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight, even as opponents prepared …


  • Calif. gov. OKs bill on illegal immigrant licenses

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed into law late Sunday. AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil …


  • Many employers still unaware of NY nanny law

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Allison Julien worked for more than two decades as a nanny in New York, toiling 50 to 60 hours a week without overtime pay until the …


  • Ex-budget chief testifies about Kilpatrick grants

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s former state budget director told jurors Thursday that she was “angry” when she learned that public grants approved in 2000 at the urging of Kwame Kilpatrick …


  • NY’s latest sex scandal dogged by sordid past

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was an odd assignment for the young, pretty staffer when she was ordered to go along on a trip to Atlantic City with her boss. …


  • Akin, McCaskill both courting Republicans in Mo.

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — His spot on the ballot now guaranteed, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin began rebuilding support Wednesday among fellow Republicans who shunned him after a remark …


  • Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin in Mo. senate race

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin won two high-profile Republican endorsements Wednesday, a day after guaranteeing his candidacy would continue despite calls for him to quit …


  • Union-buster Walker calls for return of union refs

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing brings political enemies together in Wisconsin like the Green Bay Packers. Following a controversial game-ending call by replacement referees that cost Green Bay a win …


  • Texas inmate prepares for 3rd trip death house

    LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — What Cleve Foster remembers most about his recent brushes with death is the steel door, the last one condemned Texas inmates typically walk through before their …


  • Tom DeLay still waiting to learn legal fate

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — still waiting to learn his legal fate since being convicted nearly two years ago for his role in a …


  • Corruption trial opens for former Detroit mayor

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick repeatedly stuffed his bank account and paid off credit cards with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, the illegal fruit of …


  • AP Exclusive: Mass. inmate lauds sex-change ruling

    BOSTON (AP) — A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge’s decision to grant her request for sex-reassignment surgery is “the right thing to do.” U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf …


  • ‘Rancher’ has pros, cons for Fischer’s Senate run

    VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — With roughly 35 million head of cattle grazing on nearly half the state’s land, ranching retains an iconic status in Nebraska. So it’s no surprise that …


  • Teacher evaluations at center of Chicago strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city’s school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require performance evaluations based in part …


  • Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

    Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


  • Judge OKs contentious part of Ariz immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state’s heavily debated immigration law, according to a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday regarding a section of the …


  • Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win

    Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society …


  • Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

    BOSTON (AP) — A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate …


  • Texas hearing on Planned Parenthood gets emotional

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers, hospital system administrators and dozens of women urged Texas officials Tuesday not to sever funding to Planned Parenthood under a law barring state support …


  • Judge: Mass. must pay for killer’s sex change

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • Judge grants sex change for Mass. murder convict

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • Federal court rejects GOP-drawn Texas voting maps

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Stadiums and hospitals removed from the districts of black congressional members and country clubs newly drawn into those of white incumbents. A lawyer emailing “No bueno” …

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