• Things to know as New Mexico weighs new tribal casino deal

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are facing a hard deadline as agreements that allow a handful of American Indian tribes to operate casinos approach their expiration date. Gov. Susana Martinez's office has spent the past three years working with tribes to craft a new...

  • Late-term abortion ban headed to New Mexico House floor

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A measure that would ban late-term abortions is on its way to the House floor for consideration. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure Friday on a 7-6 party-line vote. Those who spoke in favor of the measure said lawmakers had an obligation to stand...

  • Cruz tells anti-tax group 'No' to Common Core in schools

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill. Voting yes were 174 Democrats and 183 Republicans. Voting no were...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives Friday night that no defense strategy will protect the...

  • Coroner: Carbon monoxide likely caused 2 teenagers' deaths

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    TROY, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage sisters died and two other children were hospitalized after a relative found all four unresponsive Friday from a suspected carbon monoxide leak in their western Ohio home, officials said. Sisters Dionanna Bishop, 14, and Dejah Bishop, 13, died in an...

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. They were reluctant given the...

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted. Many farmers...

  • Reaction to death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Reaction to the death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who helped transform the University of Notre Dame while serving as its president from 1952 to 1987: ___ "During his lifetime of service to his country, his church, and his beloved University of Notre Dame,...

  • Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month. But in his...

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