Arizona House approves ban on harassment secrecy pacts

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House on Thursday approved legislation allowing victims of sexual misconduct to talk to police or testify in a criminal case even if they signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of a civil settlement.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Maria Syms of Paradise Valley also would ...

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) - For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for ...

Alex Azar, HHS secretary, signals he’s open to gun violence research

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar signaled Thursday he is open to researching gun violence, despite a legislative add-on that bars the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from promoting gun control.

"My understanding is that the rider does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our ...

WH: US, Mexico Working to Set Up Trump, Pena Nieto Meeting

U.S. and Mexican officials are working on arranging a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto "in the near future," the White House said in a statement.Mexico's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that a meeting between the...

Steve Bannon stonewalls committee, lawmakers weigh contempt

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former senior adviser, left both Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the House Intelligence committee frustrated Thursday when he refused to answer their questions, sparking a debate about whether to hold him in contempt.

Mr. Bannon took questions from the members in private, as the committee ...

Cristina Garcia, #MeToo leader, faces new misconduct claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a vocal leader of the #MeToo movement, faces fresh allegations of misconduct, including frequent discussions about sex and alcohol consumption at her Capitol office.

San Diego lawyer Dan Gilleon filed a formal complaint Wednesday with the Legislature detailing the allegations on behalf of ...

Obama Calls for Gun Safety Laws After Shooting

Former President Barack Obama is calling for "common-sense gun safety laws" following Wednesday's school shooting in Florida.Obama tweeted Thursday: "We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless.

Providence activists push for rent-control in city

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Activists in Providence launched a campaign this week to put a rent-control initiative on the upcoming fall ballot.

The Providence Journal reports members of Direct Action for Rights and Equality gathered Wednesday at the home of an elderly couple facing eviction to announce their effort. DARE ...

Senate dismisses sanctuary-crackdown bill

The Senate on Thursday killed a bipartisan bill that would have cracked down on sanctuary cities, as the long-awaited immigration floor fight turned into a massacre.

The bill failed in a 54-45 vote, falling six votes short of the 60 needed to survive and becoming the second casualty in the ...

State lawmakers advance bill on immigrant license renewals

DENVER (AP) - State lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow unauthorized immigrants to renew their Colorado driver's licenses online or by mail instead of through an in-person appointment.

The Denver Post reports the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed the bill, sending it to the ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers are seeking to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.

The proposal would add to the list of those who could be barred from ownership after a conviction, add to the list ...

IRS pays bonuses to tax cheat employees

The IRS is still paying bonuses to nearly 2,000 bad employees, including more than two dozen who were actual tax-cheats themselves, the agency's inspector general said in a new report this week.

The audit suggests the tax agency's efforts to crack down on bonuses have not fully succeeded, according to ...

House Intel Panel Leaders: Bannon Refuses to Answer Many Queries

Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, declined to answer many questions during his second closed-door meeting with the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, frustrating members of the panel, Republican and Democratic committee leaders...