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  • Appeals court panel takes up challenge to Obama's immigration actions

    Appeals court panel takes up challenge to Obama's immigration actions
    A panel of three federal appeals court judges grilled government lawyers Friday about whether to lift a temporary stay on President Obama's executive action, which seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation. The judges — two appointed...
  • Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage

    Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs, with legislation to eliminate capital punishment clearing a major hurdle Thursday. Lawmakers voted 30-13 to advance the bill that would replace capital...
  • Blumenthal Joins Federal Push For New Rail Safety Rules

    Hoping to avoid long delays for a new nationwide rail safety system, five senators, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, put forward a compromise bill on Friday. Their proposal would force railroads to be more open about their safety initiatives, protect...
  • Oklahoma governor signs bill allowing nitrogen in executions

    Oklahoma became the first U.S. state to approve nitrogen gas for executions under a measure Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Friday that provides an alternative death penalty method if lethal injections aren't possible, either because of a court ruling or...
  • Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap

    Virginia lawmakers passed new gift limits Friday that will make it much more difficult for them to be wined and dined by deep-pocketed lobbyists. Part of a wide-ranging ethics reform legislation passed includes a $100-a-year cap on gifts, including meals...
  • Vermont House passes gun restrictions

    The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One...
  • Pence signs into law bill expanding use of overdose drug

    Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that immediately allows Indiana residents to obtain and use a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses in their relatives, friends and loved ones. Previously, only health professionals could administer the drug...
  • Texas House votes to stop localities from banning fracking

    AUSTIN, Texas The Texas House of Representatives House voted Friday to bar cities from banning fracking and enacting a wide variety of other oil and gas-related ordinances. Backers rejected arguments that the bill would overturn ordinances that have long...
  • NY Attorney General: 'Zombie' home bill is back and bigger

    New York's attorney general has proposed new legislation to help stop the spread of so-called "zombie homes," meaning properties that are abandoned, often during prolonged foreclosure proceedings. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says zombie...
  • Ethics panel: David Rivera should pay $60K penalty for violations

    Ethics panel: David Rivera should pay $60K penalty for violations
    TALLAHASSEE — Former U.S. Rep. David Rivera broke Florida's ethics law and should pay nearly $60,000 in fines and restitution, a state panel concluded Friday. The Miami Republican, who has been a longtime friend of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is...
  • Exec tells McCrory IBM opposes NC 'religious freedom' bill

    Technology giant IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against...