Legislation

FILE- In this Jan. 6, 2020 file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., smiles before a re-enactment of her swearing-in, by Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington. An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 that her initial concerns were based on information "from the rumor universe” during a tour of an anti-abortion pregnancy center with Loeffler and the man who appointed her, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 27, 2020 - 7:28 am
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman's decision to challenge freshly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler is pitting two visions of the GOP's future against each other. So far, it's divided voters and been anything but polite. Loeffler, 49, is a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer who...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1944 file photo, U.S. soldiers walk by a bombed out cemetery in Agana, Guam. The 1941 Japanese invasion of Guam, which happened on the same December day as the attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, set off years of forced labor, internment, torture, rape and beheadings. Now, more than 75 years later, thousands of people on Guam, a U.S. territory, are expecting to get long-awaited compensation for their suffering at the hands of imperial Japan during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)
February 27, 2020 - 12:05 am
HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams. It ended with her family surrendering their home...
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Democratic state Rep. Muffy poses in the hallway of the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Idaho moved closer Wednesday to banning transgender women from competing in women's sports despite warnings that such a law is unconstitutional and uncertainties about how the NCAA might react. Davis, a seven-time medalist in Paralympic Games, said it could limit female participation because of the tests. (AP Photo/Keith Riddler)
February 26, 2020 - 6:36 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho moved closer Wednesday to banning transgender women from competing in women's sports despite warnings that such a law is unconstitutional and uncertainties about how the NCAA might react. A measure that overwhelmingly passed in the Republican-led state House of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 26, 2020 - 3:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House...
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From left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, hold a news conference to discuss the "Emmett Till Antilynching Act" which would designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Emmett Till, pictured at right, was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family's grocery store. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 26, 2020 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 25, 2020 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...
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CORRECTS BYLINE TO KEITH RIDLER, NOT KEN RITTER - Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation that headed to the House on Monday, Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
February 24, 2020 - 4:37 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits. Charles...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas. A U.S. appeals court has upheld the Trump administration's rules imposing more hurdles for women seeking abortions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Monday, Feb. 24 overturns decisions that had been issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
February 24, 2020 - 4:37 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington,...
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This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Lee Boyd Malvo. Malvo, the Washington-area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)
February 24, 2020 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier in the day, people serving life terms for...
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February 24, 2020 - 12:04 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of riceare turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water tothe guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. Yet little is known about the effects of these “microplastics" — onsea...
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