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  • Medicaid, welfare to play big in Maine campaigns

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats have fallen short so far in their attempt to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law this year, and Republicans didn't get their wish to overhaul welfare programs, either. But that won't stop them from trying to transform those failures...

  • Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren't violating state law. The Texas Legislature last year approved a measure allowing rural districts that can't afford police security to arm designated...

  • Investigator wants tougher legislative ethics laws

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top ethics officer said Friday....

  • Ky. speaker: Hacker tweeted anti-McConnell remarks

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's House speaker says someone hacked his Twitter account to post inflammatory comments about U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo took to Twitter to distance himself from the criticism directed at the five-term...

  • Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to...

  • AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment. The ships of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group had been deployed to the waters near Europe...

  • Lawyer: 'X-Men' director not in Hawaii in mid-1999

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer for "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer says the director has credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series that show he wasn't in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a...

  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between...

  • Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said. Capt. Gregory McWherter was removed from his post as executive officer of Naval Base...

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality...

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