Female lobbyist calls out sexual misconduct at statehouse

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lobbyist Sarah Bigney says she's been groped by a former state senator, told she owed a kiss to another lawmaker for his vote on a bill and had to change her outfit after catching a legislator staring at her chest.

She rarely spoke publicly about ...

Lehigh University faculty votes to rescind Donald Trump honorary degree

The faculty at a Pennsylvania university have voted to rescind an honorary degree granted to then-tycoon Donald Trump in 1988.

Independent TV station WFMZ, channel 69, reported Tuesday that an online faculty survey at Lehigh University, which had ended the previous day, saw 83 percent support for revoking ...

Compromise immigration bill gets backing of police chiefs

BOSTON (AP) - Major police organizations are throwing their support behind revamped legislation that would limit, but not entirely restrict, collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials.

Supporters see the measure as a compromise between an earlier proposal that sought to make Massachusetts a de facto "sanctuary state" ...

Georgia Republicans target Delta tax break after airline drops NRA discounts

Georgia Republicans outraged at Delta's decision to sever its partnership with the National Rifle Association have threatened to cancel a proposed tax break.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle vowed Monday to unpack legislation before the state Senate that would provide the Atlanta-based carrier with a $50 million jet-fuel sales tax ...

The Latest: Michigan panel OKs bills in wake of Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on legislation stemming from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Michigan legislation that stems from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal is moving forward in the Legislature.

A state Senate committee unanimously passed the bills Tuesday after hearing from ...

Senate confirms Elizabeth Branch, Trump’s 14th circuit court judge

The U.S. Senate confirmed another one of President Trump's federal appeals court judges on Tuesday, advancing the president's pledge to place dozens of conservative loyalists on the federal bench.

Judge Elizabeth L. Branch was confirmed by a 73 to 23 to sit on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

Trump launches prison reform effort

President Trump is pushing a prison reform agenda that includes overhauling and expanding re-entry and work programs designed to give offenders a "second chance," senior administration officials said Tuesday.

The focus on the nation's prisoners is in keeping with Mr. Trump's campaign pledge to champion America's "forgotten men and women."

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Schumer slammed for sexually suggestive talking point

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made what one Twitter user called "the worst argument for net neutrality ever" Wednesday when he attempted to pull off a sly reference to the hookup euphemism "Netflix and chill."

Immigrant family in Utah sues ICE for ransacking home

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An immigrant family in Utah has filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents of busting down their door, ransacking the home and telling them they watch "too much Univision" when they asked to see a warrant during two visits to the home ...

Democrats Wrestle With Gun Reform Ahead of 2018 Elections

A majority of House Democrats on Monday backed legislation banning assault weapons, and party members on Tuesday discussed additional gun reform in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Florida where 17 were killed, but gun control is still a difficult issue for...

The Latest: Interim Ethics Commission director named

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Ethics and Elections commission appointments (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission has voted 4-2 to name one of its attorneys as interim director while it conducts a national search.

The commission voted to appoint Colette Reinke to the post for ...

Donald Trump can build border wall, court rules

A federal court cleared the way Tuesday for President Trump to build his border wall, ruling the administration has the power to waive a series of environmental laws to speed up construction.

The state of California and environmental groups had been counting on the lawsuit to derail the border wall, ...