Capitol Watch: Budget talks heat up as deadline looms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York state government news, it's crunch time for lawmakers looking to put together a new state budget and the state Senate votes to take funds away from so-called sanctuary cities.

A look at stories making news:

BUDGET LOOMS

The next two weeks are likely ...

Student protests, counter-protest set for Montana, Wyoming

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Students and gun-control advocates in Montana and Wyoming are rallying in support of marches nationwide called for by students who survived February's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In Helena, a counter-protest by gun-rights advocates is planned at the Montana Capitol Saturday at the same time as ...

Florida students call for gun reform at March for Our Lives

WASHINGTON (AP) - Student survivors of the Florida school massacre anchored a massive rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C., while throngs of other young people took to the streets in sister marches across the U.S. The protests followed widespread student walkouts last week.

Here's a look at what ...

Hundreds assemble in LA to march for stricter gun laws

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of people are assembling in downtown Los Angeles to demand stricter gun laws in the U.S. after a shooting last month at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to march Saturday to Los Angeles City ...

Kansas chemist facing deportation says US is his home

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A man who is fighting deportation from Kansas to his native Bangladesh acknowledges he made mistakes years ago while trying to stay in the U.S. and hopes immigration officials will let him remain in the country he calls home.

Syed Ahmed Jamal entered the U.S. legally ...

The Latest: Phoenix anti-gun rally under way

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a gun-control rally in Phoenix (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Hundreds of people, many wearing orange and holding signs, are gathering at the state Capitol in Phoenix as a march against gun violence got underway.

Two of the high school students who organized the ...

Greek tycoon calls drug charges politically motivated

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek ship owner and soccer club owner Vangelis Marinakis says drug-trafficking charges against him are part of a government-led "conspiracy" to silence dissent.

Marinakis, who is also a media owner, accuses the government of targeting him through friendly media, putting pressure on convicts to testify against ...

Murphy wants $2.1M to help immigrants with legal aid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Poor immigrants facing deportation in New Jersey could get access to legal aid under a $2.1 million cash infusion in Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed budget.

Murphy's proposed spending, which comes as President Donald Trump oversees a crackdown on immigration, has progressive groups and advocates for ...

What bills are alive, dead in session’s final days

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama lawmakers are speeding toward the end of this year's legislative session. Lawmakers expect to close out the session Wednesday, five days early.

Here's a look at what's to be decided and what proposals are already dead in the session's final days.

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WHAT'S TO BE ...

Can Facebook restore public trust after privacy scandal?

CHICAGO (AP) - It's a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success - public trust.

Facebook is confronting a costly, embarrassing public relations debacle after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have misused data from some 50 million users to try to influence elections. Among its marquee ...

Michigan civil rights group calls for cross removal

GRASS LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Critics say a large white cross that's been in Jackson County for nearly 70 years should be removed because it's on state-owned land.

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists received a complaint and asked the state Department of Natural Resources to remove the ...

Omnibus Spending Package Increases Congressional Budgets By Millions

Congress, when passing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package, also increased their own budgets by millions, according to a summary of the bill.The Senate budget is now $919.9 million, or $48.8 million over the enacted level in fiscal year 2017 and $28.3 million below...

The Latest: 20,000 expected at Florida anti-gun protest

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on The Latest on student-led protests against gun violence (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

More than 20,000 people are expected at the "March for Our Lives" rally nearest the Florida school where last month's deadly shooting occurred.

Police presence was heavy early Saturday at a ...

Pelosi Declares ‘Victory’ With New Spending Bill

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the spending bill Republicans rushed through Congress a "victory," The American Mirror reported."The distinguished leader has clearly put forth many of the priorities that we're very proud of in a bill that's one yard high," Pelosi...

One morning with the tree-dwelling pipeline protesters

PETERS MOUNTAIN, W.Va. (AP) - This mountain rises out of the valley floor like a fortress wall rising to the heavens.

As for a political boundary, it is obvious why it was used to separate Monroe County from three Virginia counties just across the ridge.

It is imposing as you ...