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FILE - In this May 15, 2015, file photo, Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks to the media at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal, involving Bonnen and a hardline conservative activist, that could threaten their long dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous conservative state. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 06, 2019 - 5:21 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House speaker offered lawmakers a vague apology Tuesday for "embarrassing" and "hurtful" things he said on a secretly-recorded conversation with a hardline conservative activist in a scandal that has rocked state Republicans. The apology from first-term Speaker Dennis...
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August 06, 2019 - 4:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prompted to act by the bloodshed in Dayton, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing a package of measures he says will address mass shootings. Yet members of DeWine's own party have repeatedly blocked gun-control measures in the Legislature. Even the deadliest mass shooting in U.S...
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Mourners place flowers and candles at the front of Ned Peppers bar while they gather at the scene of a mass shooting before a prayer vigil, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Multiple people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 04, 2019 - 8:48 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a deadly mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A crowd at a vigil honoring nine adults killed and others wounded by a gunman in Dayton interrupted a speech by Ohio's Republican governor with shouts of "Make a change." As Gov. Mike DeWine told...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:43 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn't use it. Structurally, the building was OK...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back some earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Most hospitals in the earthquake prone state have met a 2020 deadline for standards designed to keep hospital buildings from collapsing in...
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The status of sports betting in each state.;
August 03, 2019 - 9:15 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana casinos are racing ahead with preparations to launch legalized sports betting in early September, looking to seize an advantage over competitors in Chicago and other nearby large markets where such wagers aren't yet allowed. A new state law approved this spring allows...
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Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz sits in his chair at the Senate as discussions go on for the confirmation of Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi as Puerto Rico's new Governor, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, August 1, 2019. Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis as the confirmation of Pierluisi was delayed into next week, casting doubt over exactly who will become governor when Gov. Ricardo Rossello leaves office. Pierluisi's main obstacle appeared to be Rivera Schatz, who has said he won't vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 6:35 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Puerto Rico's political crisis (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The president of Puerto Rico's Senate has criticized departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for naming former congressional representative Pedro Pierluisi as the next governor and seems to be hinting...
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August 01, 2019 - 7:06 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An alleged hit list of political opponents, a promise of access, heated denials, an audiotape and suspicions of a setup. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal that could threaten their long dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous...
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August 01, 2019 - 2:16 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos...
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This July 23, 2019 photo shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom signed a law Tuesday, July 30, requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state's primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 30, 2019 - 1:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor signed a law Tuesday requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state's primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump. But even if the law withstands a likely legal challenge...
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