Conservationists plan to sue feds over nearly-extinct fly

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Activists plan to sue the U.S. government, claiming it's failed to protect a nearly-extinct fly in California's agricultural heartland.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice Thursday that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The species at issue is the San Joaquin Valley ...

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney ...

Eric Greitens, Missouri governor, indicted over nude photo

The governor of Missouri has been indicted on a felony charge that accuses him of taking a nude photo of a woman without her consent.

Gov. Eric Greitens was charged with a felony count of invasion of privacy by a St. Louis City grand jury Thursday.

According to a statement ...

The Latest: Spared Texas inmate expresses gratitude

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate (all times local):

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A convicted killer spared from execution by Texas' governor says he's "thankful" because of what it means for his dad.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday accepted the state parole board's ...

Megan Barry affair: Nude photos found on phone of Rob Forrest, ex-bodyguard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Court documents say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found a nude and partially nude photo of a woman on the phone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former bodyguard.

The agency believes the evidence shows that Barry engaged in an affair with former Sgt. Rob Forrest while ...

Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee rejects banning assault-style rifles

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee says there's no way to ban or buyback AR-15-style assault rifles like the kind used by a shooter at a Florida high school last week without also banning hunting rifles.

He made the comments Thursday in response to a question ...

Nelson: Gun debate helps Democrats on 2018 Florida ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says the debate over guns will be one of several factors that help Florida Democrats during the November election.

Nelson met with state House Democrats on Thursday and said he's amazed by the energy and passion he's seen to change gun laws ...

McCaskill, O’Dear favor assault weapons bans, Hawley doesn’t

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and one of her opponents in the November election support assault weapons bans to stifle the sort of violence that killed 17 people at a Florida high school, while the likely Republican challenger says efforts should focus on keeping assault rifles ...

Trump floats bonuses for teachers who carry guns

President Trump on Thursday floated the possibility of paying teachers a “bonus” to carry concealed firearms, stressing the importance of school security even as he calls for strengthening gun laws in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.

Oregon lawmakers pass gun-control bill; governor to sign it

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - People convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders in Oregon won't be able to buy or own guns or ammunition after the Senate passed a bill. It next goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

Brown, who on Tuesday told a Senate ...

Michigan House votes to make English official state language

LANSING, Mich. — House lawmakers want to make English the official language of Michigan.

Republicans led the way in passing a bill Thursday that would require its use in public records. State departments and local governments still could publish documents in other languages.

Rep. Tom Barrett, a Republican from Potterville, ...

McCain associate takes Fifth on Trump dossier questions

A former State Department official and associate of Sen. John McCain has invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in connection with questions from the House Intelligence Committee about the anti-Trump dossier’s Russian sources, according to a law enforcement source.