Nebraska sentencing bill wins initial legislative approval

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would give former prisoners and jail inmates the chance to have a judge set aside their conviction once they've served their time.

The measure won first-round approval Tuesday with a 37-1 vote.

Nebraska already allows people who have spent ...

Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge's order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.

The 85-year-old ...

Alex Azar, HHS pick, blasted by Dems over Pharma ties, high drug prices

Powerless to stop his nomination, Senate Democrats on Tuesday attacked President Trump's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department for his tenure at a major pharmaceutical company, saying he oversaw dramatic price hikes without ever blessing a decrease.

Democrats insist that is a blind a spot for Alex ...

Chris Murphy raises money off Arpaio Senate bid

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut is raising money off Joe Arpaio's announcement that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, saying the nation has an "obligation' to keep the former Maricopa County sheriff out of Congress.

In an email blast Tuesday, Mr. Murphy said that Arpaio is "unfit ...

The Latest: Maryland announces plan to protect ACA

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Latest on a Maryland proposal to change the expiring federal individual mandate for health care into a down payment for health insurance in the state (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Maryland lawmakers want to revive the individual mandate for health care that has been gutted ...

Tucson Democrat enters race for Arizona governor

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The head of the YWCA of Southern Arizona has announced her entry into race for governor.

Kelly Fryer announced on Monday that she would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Arizona.

Fryer is a pastor, political activist and most recently the CEO of the YWCA ...

Bolton: NKorea Waging ‘Propaganda Campaign’ Through Talks

Talks between North and South Korea do not show opportunity for any kind of a breakthrough, and North Korea is waging a "propaganda campaign" to disguise its progress on nuclear weapons, former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Tuesday, despite of talk that the two nations...

The Latest: IDPH website has incorrect Legionnaires’ data

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on a legislative hearing about the Legionnaires' disease outbreak (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

A Republican senator says the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health should resign for a six-day delay in publicizing a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home ...