State governments

Destiny Carpenter holds a sign outside of the Capitol building on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.V., on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 27, 2018 - 4:35 pm
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's teachers striking for the fourth day over low pay and rising health insurance costs say state legislators are failing to learn their civics lessons, which may have to be driven home at the ballot box in November. All 100 seats in the House and half of the 34...
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Former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine speaks to protesters, numbering near 1,000, as they gather at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center before marching to the Florida Capitol for the Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
February 27, 2018 - 4:19 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local): 4 p.m. Authorities say they've arrested a Florida teen who threatened to kill students and had a pipe bomb in his home. A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says the 16...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko speaks in the Senate chambers in Phoenix. Two former Republican Arizona lawmakers who are leading candidates to fill a vacant U.S. House seat are embroiled in controversy as Tuesday's special primary election looms. Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko is under fire for transferring $50,000 from her old state Senate campaign fund to an independent group backing her congressional election bid. Former state Sen. Steve Montenegro reportedly received racy text messages from a Senate staffer who isn't his wife. (AP Photo/Bob Christie, File)
February 27, 2018 - 3:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Allegations of impropriety against the top candidates were on voters' minds as the last ballots were being cast in Tuesday's Republican primary to replace a U.S. congressman from Arizona who quit amid charges of sexual misconduct last year. Arizona relies heavily on mail-ballots and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy Joseph Yun, speaks to media in Bangkok, Thailand. Yun, the 30-year veteran of the U.S. foreign service who retained quiet contacts with North Korea amid the Trump administration’s turbulent first year, is retiring as Washington and Pyongyang step up considerations for formal diplomatic talks. Yun told The Associated Press he will stand down as special representative for North Korean policy on Friday. (AP Photo/Krit Phromsakla Nasakolnakorn, File)
February 27, 2018 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joseph Yun, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. foreign service who retained quiet contacts with North Korea amid the Trump administration's turbulent first year, is retiring as Washington and Pyongyang step up considerations for formal diplomatic talks. It's unclear if he will be...
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The Rally in Tally protesters chant after marching to the Florida Capitol for the Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
February 27, 2018 - 3:53 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Family members of people killed in a South Florida school shooting gave emotional testimony Tuesday during a legislative hearing to discuss passing a bill that would allow for armed teachers and raise the age limit to buy rifles. Max Schachter, father of 14-year-old victim...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, Joseph Percoco arrives at Federal Court, in New York. Jurors in the bribery trial of Percoco, a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, may begin deliberations as early as next week. The government rested its case Thursday, Feb. 22, in federal court in Manhattan against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 27, 2018 - 3:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on closing arguments in the trial of Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Defense lawyers at the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say the government's troubled star witness is proof...
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FILE - This August 9, 2013 file photo shows a portion of the Russian Embassy complex in Washington. The Russian embassy in Washington has a new address, at least symbolically. A portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the embassy is being officially renamed Boris Nemtsov Plaza on Tuesday in what amounts to a DC-sponsored effort to troll the Russian government. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 27, 2018 - 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian Embassy in Washington has a new address, at least symbolically. A one-block section of Wisconsin Avenue directly in front of the embassy was officially renamed Boris Nemtsov Plaza on Tuesday, in what amounts to a D.C.-sponsored effort to troll the Russian government. A...
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The Rally in Tally protesters chant after marching to the Florida Capitol for the Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
February 27, 2018 - 3:00 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two weeks after a shooting at a high school killed 17 people, the Florida Legislature took a step closer Tuesday to passing a bill that would allow for armed teachers and raise the age limit to buy rifles, among other changes. A House committee approved the bill that...
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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2017 file photo shows FedEx trucks parked in New York. Companies with ties to the National Rifle Association have been dealing with increasing public pressure since the Parkland, Florida massacre that killed 17 people earlier this month. FedEx is the latest company prompted to make a statement, saying it “opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians” but strongly supports the right to own a firearm. The delivery service, which offers discounts to NRA members, said it is sticking with the organization. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 27, 2018 - 2:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Another company, FedEx, has become embroiled in an intensifying discussion about guns in the United States after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. While more than a dozen major U.S. companies have ended business partnerships with the National Rifle Association, FedEx says it...
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February 27, 2018 - 2:32 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Survivors of childhood molestation have made their annual trip to Albany to urge Republican state lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades-old abuse — and they say their 11-year effort could be nearing a successful conclusion. The Child Victims Act would extend criminal and...
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