Hawaii lawmakers consider bump stock ban after Las Vegas

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are discussing two bills that would tighten the state's already strict gun regulations.

One bill would ban bump stocks, a device used by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people. Bump stocks allow guns to be fired like assault ...

Pittsburgh police told to prepare for Mueller protests

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police major crimes detectives have been told to bring uniforms and protective gear to work so they're prepared for possible demonstrations if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

Public safety officials and the mayor have confirmed the authenticity of a memo obtained by news ...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:

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April 12

Lexington Herald-Leader on lawmakers and sexual harassment:

Who paid and how much were the most important questions raised by a confidential sexual harassment settlement that divided Kentucky Republicans and gave the legislature a black eye.

Investigators for the Legislative Ethics Commission ...

IRS overhaul passed by House

The House moved Wednesday to force an overhaul on the IRS, voting to press the tax collection agency to become more customer-friendly — just a day after the agency suffered a deeply embarrassing computer outage on the day taxes were due.

The IRS said it got the systems up and ...

The Latest: Missouri governor wants AG barred from probe

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have asked a judge to block Attorney General Josh Hawley from any investigation or prosecution of the governor.

A filing in Cole County Circuit Court says Hawley ...

Utah lawmakers override 2 vetoes in balance of power dispute

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers overruled the Republican governor on a pair of issues regarding separation of powers on Wednesday, deepening an intra-party tug-of-war in the overwhelmingly GOP state.

By a wide margin, the legislature voted to override vetoes issued by Gov. Gary Herbert in March and pave ...

NY official: Trump pardons can’t be shield for state charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state law must be clarified to ensure anyone pardoned by President Donald Trump may still be charged with violations of state law, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Wednesday.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who has emerged as a key figure in investigations related to ...

Kris Kobach found in contempt of court in voting case

A federal judge ruled Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday, saying he misled both election officials and voters despite the court’s orders laying out notices he was supposed to send to them about voting status.

Judge Julie A. Robinson cited Mr. Kobach’s “history ...

White House slams report that Mattis urged Trump to ask Congress to approve Syria strikes

The White House shot down a New York Times report Wednesday that claimed Defense Secretary James Mattis tried unsuccessfully to persuade President Trump to get approval from Congress for last weekend's airstrikes against Syria.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the reports "categorically false."

"As Secretary Mattis explained ...

Calif. Republican and allies want renewed immigration fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quiz: If a bipartisan majority of House members wants votes on a subject that gets sky-high public support, why do they seem likely to fail? And why are they pushing it regardless?

Here's some help: It's the politically loaded issue of helping "Dreamer" immigrants. And it's ...

Missouri governor banks on public backing in not resigning

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Accused of sexual and political misconduct, Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defying calls to resign from top lawmakers in his own party while instead banking on steady support from the voters who backed his populist campaign against "corrupt insiders" and "career politicians."

Greitens' unwavering ...