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  • States look to gun seizure law after mass killings

    July 6, 2014 5:54 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago. Connecticut's... more »
  • States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan

    June 1, 2014 9:48 PM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan... more »
  • States move to expand experimental drugs for some

    May 17, 2014 11:37 AM

    DENVER (AP) - Nick Auden didn't live to see the legislation, but the case of the Denver melanoma patient who died while seeking access to an experimental drug helped inspire a first-of-its kind law in Colorado. The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without... more »
  • Storms move across several southern states

    April 6, 2014 11:10 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - A band of storms downed trees and flooded roads in parts of Mississippi and Alabama and appeared headed toward Georgia. The National Weather Service in Mississippi said it had received reports Sunday of some mobile homes blown off blocks, along with streets flooded in several areas. Flash... more »
  • Secrecy surrounds execution drugs in most states

    April 5, 2014 2:43 PM

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs. A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri... more »
  • States promise quick action after court ruling

    June 26, 2013 6:13 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with... more »
  • Unemployment rates in Southern US states, cities

    August 2, 2012 3:35 AM

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in June, mostly because of seasonal trends. Many young people launch job searches in the summer post-graduation, and that can push up unemployment rates. The metro data isn't seasonally adjusted for such trends. Here are unemployment rates for states... more »
  • Senate approves states receiving Gulf spill fines

    March 9, 2012 6:20 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved using the bulk of water pollution fines stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. The BP oil company could be fined $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion under the Clean Water Act, depending on whether it's... more »
  • States Called on to Restore Anti-Smoking Funds

    February 25, 2012 11:16 PM

    Steve Panetta smoked for 34 years, the last 10 at a three-pack-a-day clip. He watched his father die from lung cancer and his stepfather struggle with emphysema. He tried quitting six times before a state-funded cessation program helped him beat the habit in 2002. Weekends now find him the guest... more »
  • States included in Michael Foods egg recall

    February 3, 2012 9:36 AM

    MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) - Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, Minn., is recalling hard-cooked eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails to food distributors and manufacturers for institutional use in 34 states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi,... more »
  • Group Says it Hacked US Law Enforcement Websites

    August 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    LONDON (AP) - The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it has hacked some 70 law enforcement websites across the southern and central United States in retaliation for the arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain. The group also claimed to have stolen 10 gigabytes of data, including... more »
  • States stop circumcisions funds amid budget crisis

    June 24, 2011 9:02 AM

    DENVER (AP) - A nationwide debate about circumcisions for newborn boys, combined with cash-strapped public health budgets, has Colorado taking sides with 17 other states that no longer fund Medicaid coverage of the once widely accepted procedure. For years, Colorado lawmakers considered doing away with funding for circumcisions under Medicaid... more »
  • Bin Laden Died in House Near Pakistan's Capital

    May 2, 2011 1:44 AM

    ISLAMABAD (AP) - Osama bin Laden was holed up in a two-story house 100 yards from a Pakistani military academy when four helicopters carrying U.S. anti-terror forces swooped in the early morning hours of Monday and killed him. Flames rose Monday from the building that was the apparent target of... more »
  • BREAKING NEWS: Source: Al-Qaida Head Bin Laden Dead

    May 1, 2011 11:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday. President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday... more »
  • Louisiana among states posting gains in construction

    March 30, 2011 8:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Labor Department says Louisiana had the 17th highest percentage growth in construction employment in February compared with a year earlier. The agency said Tuesday that 123,600 worked in the construction industry in Louisiana last month. That's up 1.2 percent from February 2010 and... more »
  • States that cut AIDS Drug Assistance Programs

    December 16, 2010 7:25 AM

    States with waiting lists for their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, as of Dec. 9: - Arkansas: 5 people - Florida: 2,396 - Georgia: 837 - Montana: 14 - North Carolina: 84 - Ohio: 374 - South Carolina: 298 - Virginia: 24 - Louisiana: 511 States that have cut their AIDS... more »
  • Western Dist. LA US Atty Announces Changes

    October 1, 2010 6:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced several management changes this week for the Western District of Louisiana's U. S. Attorney's Office. Finley, a 15 year prosecutor with the office, was nominated by President Obama in January of this year and was confirmed by the U. S.... more »
  • States being asked for 'right-to-hunt' amendments

    September 2, 2010 10:31 PM

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lifelong hunter Bill Haycraft of Kentucky sees his treasured outdoors heritage under siege and in need of constitutional protection from animal rights advocates. He's one of many hunters backing a "right-to-hunt" amendment that's expected to be on his state's 2012 ballot. Kentucky is just the latest... more »
  • Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

    August 31, 2010 9:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half a dozen states suing to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law are also claiming its subsidies for covering retired state government employees, accordinghans that the Westd Tuesday by the administration. About 2,000 employers have been approved for the extra help to cover early... more »
  • Some States Suing Feds also Claim Health Subsidies

    August 31, 2010 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some states suing to toss out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are also lining up to claim a share of its subsidies for the medical costs of retired employees. An administration official says seven states suing the federal government applied for and will receive subsidies... more »
  • Gulf states join forces to boost economy

    August 26, 2010 9:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials, organizations and businesses from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition for the Gulf Coast. Dubbed "Ready 4 Takeoff," the coalition is calling for federal government purchases of seafood for the military, schools and other agencies to help the Gulf... more »
  • Most Dangerous Terrorist Threat to the United States

    August 5, 2010 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says al-Qaida's core membership in Pakistan along with affiliates in Africa and Yemen pose the most dangerous terrorist threat to the United States and its interests abroad. In its annual report on global terrorism, the State Department says that although al-Qaida suffered some setbacks... more »
  • 17,500 National Guard Troops to Help States with Oil Spill

    May 4, 2010 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon has approved the federal mobilization of up to 17,500 National Guard troops to help various states with the oil spill. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has granted requests to send troops of up to 6,000 by Louisiana, 3,000 by Alabama, 2,500 by Florida and 6,000 by... more »
  • Louisiana Among 13 States Suing Federal Government

    March 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed... more »
  • Coast Guard extinguish offshore fire in Gulf

    February 24, 2010 10:40 AM

    The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that a fire offshore early this morning has been extinguished. Officials stationed in Morgan City say the fire started after a vessel struck a pipeline off the south central coast of Louisiana. There are no reports of injuries at this time and the incident... more »
  • Government urged to take more active role in securing internet

    February 24, 2010 8:28 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internet isn't a government entity, rather a network of interconnected computer systems. But industry experts say the U.S. government needs to take a more active role in making sure that the Internet remains secure. The analysts note as business and government rely more on the Internet,... more »
  • BBB Explains New Credit Card Regulations

    February 23, 2010 11:45 AM

    Credit card holders can circle February 22 on their calendar as the day when new consumer protections laid out in the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 kick in. The Better Business Bureau explains what these new consumer protections mean to cardholders across the US. The US... more »
  • FAA halts civilian flights from US to Haiti

    January 14, 2010 1:56 PM

    U.S. officials say they've stopped all civilian flights from the United States to Haiti at the request of the Haitian government, because there is no room on the ground for more planes and not enough jet fuel for planes to go back. A U.S. official said the Federal Aviation... more »
  • Dutch to use full body scanners for US flights

    December 30, 2009 1:14 PM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Netherlands announced Wednesday it will immediately begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, issuing a report that called the failed Christmas Day airline bombing a "professional" terror attack. "It is not exaggerating to say the world has escaped... more »
  • David Vitter's amendment to prevent restricting mammograms

    December 2, 2009 1:31 PM

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced an amendment to the Senate health care bill that would prevent the new United States Preventive Service Task Force recommendations from restricting mammograms for women. In November, the USPSTF released a series of recommendations that stand in stark contrast to common-held... more »
  • U.S. Rep. Boustany announces grant to Vermilion coastal protection

    December 1, 2009 1:36 PM

    Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today announced the Minerals Management Service awarded a $217,782 grant to construct coastal protections in Vermilion Parish. "Rebuilding our coast throughout Southwest Louisiana is a monumental project, but we are making progress," Boustany said. "With the end of... more »
  • La. awarded $1.7M broadband mapping grant

    December 1, 2009 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is getting a $1.7 million federal grant intended to spread high-speed Internet connections to rural communities and other areas with lesser online access. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the state's grant amount Monday. It comes from a $7 billion pot of federal stimulus... more »
  • President Obama launches "Educate to Innovate"

    November 24, 2009 10:20 AM

    PRESIDENT OBAMA LAUNCHES "EDUCATE TO INNOVATE" CAMPAIGN FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM) EDUCATION Nationwide effort includes over $260 million in public-private investments to move American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade President Obama today... more »
  • Safe Families: Stork Craft Bed Recall

    November 24, 2009 9:19 AM

    Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side... more »
  • MMS Disburses $10.68 Billion in FY 2009

    November 18, 2009 10:47 AM

    Funding recipients include states, American Indians, and eligible counties DENVER, CO - The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) today announced that it disbursed more than $10.68 billion in Fiscal Year 2009 from revenues collected from energy and mineral production on Federal and American Indian lands,... more »
  • President Obama defends internet freedom

    November 16, 2009 8:22 AM

    SHANGHAI (AP) - President Barack Obama is promoting the idea of Internet freedom to people in China - a land where such freedom is uncommon. The president told a group of Chinese students that unrestricted Internet access in the United States is a source of strength. He also says it... more »
  • First Swine Flu Vaccine for Kids

    October 6, 2009 2:41 PM

    Dr. Richard Besser explains which states have doses of the H1N1 vaccine .
  • Jobless benefits extension hits snag in Senate

    October 2, 2009 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A 13-week extension of unemployment benefits in the 27 states with the highest jobless rates is being slowed by some lawmakers upset that their own states would be left out. Senate leaders had hoped for a quick voice vote endorsing the House-passed bill to ensure a continued... more »

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