• Governors associations top list of biggest state-race donors

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as a pass-through for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in...

  • Meet the top 5 donors to Nevada state political campaigns

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A well-connected Republican PAC, casinos and a gun control group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among the top five entities that donated to Nevada state races during the 2014 election cycle, the Center for Public Integrity said...

  • Indonesia prosecutor: Americans' murder trial should proceed

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed despite defense arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled. The badly beaten body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, was...

  • Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill to authorize President Barack Obama's war against the Islamic State group. Congressman Adam Schiff of California says he wants to spark debate in Congress over a new authorization to fight Islamic...

  • Anthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem is hiking the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders nearly 43 percent after reporting fourth-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations. The nation's second-largest health insurer says it will begin offering a payout of 62.5 cents per share, up...

  • CommScope buying some of TE Connectivity ops for about $3B

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — CommScope is buying TE Connectivity Ltd.'s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach. The businesses, made up of 65 facilities and approximately 10,000 employees, had...

  • New Mexico bill would limit smoking with kids around

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present. Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is sponsoring the...

  • Bill would create alert system for certain missing people

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker is proposing legislation that would create a notification system for law enforcement when a person with severe physical, mental or developmental disabilities goes missing. Sen. Jacob Candelaria introduced the Brittany Alert legislation on...

  • Missouri panel hears objections to voter photo ID proposal

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican lawmakers say requiring photo identification at the polls will prevent voter impersonation fraud. Bill sponsor Rep. Tony Dugger, of Hartville, said during a House hearing on Tuesday that he has included exemptions for older Missourians...

  • Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

    Updated: 6 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the city's pulse rendered still. Hardy souls...

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