Legislation

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2012, file photo, Steven May, right, walks with his dog, Winnie beside his attorney, David Pisarra, with his dog, Dudley in Santa Monica, Calif. California courts could be going to the dogs, and maybe the cats too, under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, signed Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018, gives judges the discretion of applying rules similar to those in child-custody cases when determining who gets the family pet following a divorce. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
September 28, 2018 - 6:22 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes. Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered...
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September 28, 2018 - 9:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have sped legislation through the House to expand their massive new tax law, capping their session for the year as they rush out of town to face voters in the November elections. The new bill would make permanent the individual and small-business tax cuts in the law...
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FILE- In this May 3, 2016 file photo, Bangladeshi journalists cover proceedings outside a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journalists and human rights groups are demanding major amendments to a new law passed in Bangladesh Parliament in September, 2018, saying the law will choke constitutional rights of freedom of speech and expression. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
September 27, 2018 - 10:45 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Journalists and human rights groups are demanding major amendments to a bill recently passed in Bangladesh's Parliament, saying it will further choke constitutionally protected freedom of speech. A powerful body of editors of leading newspapers and TV stations has...
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September 27, 2018 - 2:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Proposals to expand the new tax law by adding incentives for savings and startup businesses have passed the House as Republicans push legislation forward ahead of the approaching midterm elections. The votes Thursday were 240-177 and 260-156, mostly along party lines, to approve a...
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Russian lawmakers vote to approve the bill that could raise the retirement age for the old-age pension by five years at the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Older Russians fear they won't live long enough to collect benefits while younger generations are worried that keeping people in the workforce longer will limit their own employment opportunities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 27, 2018 - 4:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of the Russian parliament has adopted a controversial bill that raises the eligibility ages for state pensions. The measure to raise the retirement ages for men and women by five years, proposed by President Vladimir Putin, has drawn widespread protests and irked...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. The New Britain, Conn., city council is expected to take up a proposal Wednesday evening, Sept. 26 to change the name of a street that honors his father, the city's former three-term Mayor Paul Manafort Sr. Eight members of the Manafort family have signed a letter urging the council to keep the name honoring the patriarch. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 27, 2018 - 3:18 am
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A city council in Connecticut has voted to change the name of a street that honors the father of Paul Manafort. The proposal now goes to the Republican mayor of New Britain, but she is expected to veto it. NBC Connecticut reports councilors would need 10 votes to override...
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September 26, 2018 - 5:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law requiring that Californians undergo at least eight hours of training, including live fire exercises, before carrying concealed weapons. He also signed a bill making it clear that rapid-fire "bump stocks" like those used in last year's...
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Brian Morris looks at the debris from his home in the Stoney Creek Plantation neighborhood Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Leland, N.C. Many of the homes here were flooded through their bottom floors due to rains from Hurricane Florence. (Ken Blevins /The Star-News via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters. The aid was added to legislation to keep Federal Aviation Administration programs running beyond Sept...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., confer during a news conference on a defense funding bill moving in the House today, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2018 - 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill keeping the government open through Dec. 7, as lawmakers move to avert a government shutdown looming next week. The $854 billion bill also funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year. The House approved the bill, 361-61, on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters after the Republican's policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." "Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection," Thune, who heads the Commerce panel, said in a statement. By hearing from the companies, lawmakers will be able to assess "what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation," he said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
September 26, 2018 - 9:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress wants to pass national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data — though a major goal might simply be to block states from enacting stronger protections on their own. It will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have...
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