Zinke: Too many people enter national parks for free

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his plan to increase the entrance fees for national parks, saying they need to charge more because too many people get in for free, including military members and the disabled....

Sunshine Week is turbid under Trump

“At the White House and in many agencies, transparency seems to be perceived as an enemy, rather than an indispensable ally in the service of safeguarding our democracy,” one transparency advocate says.

New Jersey’s Budget Would Raise Taxes on Almost Everything

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy proposed taxing online-room booking, ride-sharing, marijuana, e-cigarettes and Internet transactions along with raising taxes on millionaires and retail sales to fund a record $37.4 billion budget that would boost spending on schools,...

Trump proposes ‘Space Force’ to protect final frontier

The Space Cadets want you!

President Trump said Tuesday that he was considering the creation of a "space force" to extend U.S. military power into the final frontier.

"Think of it, a Space Force," Mr. Trump told troops at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

He said the ...

Embattled New Mexico Democratic Party chairman resigns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The embattled chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico has resigned.

Richard Ellenberg announced his resignation in a letter Tuesday following a state party convention where he was accused of questioning the credibility of sexual misconduct allegations against a union leader.

Ellenberg also had faced ...

The Latest: Many bills left as legislative session nears end

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on the closing days of the Indiana 2018 legislative session (all times local):

5 p.m.

Indiana's legislative session is hurtling to its planned midweek close, with lawmakers putting off much of their final work until the final day.

Legislators informally agreed during joint committee meetings ...

Senator’s harassment allegation highlights enduring issue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator's allegation that a lobbyist inappropriately touched her in a bar is putting a new spotlight on the potential pitfalls when lawmakers and lobbyists get together after dark.

It comes at a time when women lawmakers are proposing a measure to require lobbyists ...

Survivor of California Christmas massacre is joining walkout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Katrina Yuzefpolsky was 8 when a man dressed as Santa Claus shot her in the face and killed nine of her family members with guns and a homemade flamethrower at a Christmas Eve party in Southern California.

More than nine years later, Katrina is 17 and ...

Wisconsin Democrats introduce gun safety bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats have introduced new legislation to improve school safety.

Democrats released the package Tuesday, a day before a national student walkout to honor victims of last month's Florida school shooting and demand tighter gun restrictions.

The bills would increase aid for school mental health programs ...