May 15

Utah prosecutor says he won't enforce strict abortion law

As Utah defends its strict new abortion ban against a court challenge, the chief prosecutor overseeing the county with the state's only two clinics has said he won't enforce the measure.
May 15

Harris says she disagrees with Biden on crime bill's impact

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she disagrees with rival Joe Biden's argument that the 1994 crime bill didn't lead to mass incarcerations of black people.
May 15

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho.
May 15

North Dakota to appeal ruling in suit against opioid maker

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the state will appeal the dismissal of the state's lawsuit against the maker of OxyContin over opioid abuse.
May 15

Barr asks Pelosi at event: 'Did you bring your handcuffs?'

Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results.
May 15

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year, saying the Legislature can decide when it wants to meet.
May 15

Wisconsin Assembly approves 'born alive' anti-abortion bill

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a so-called born alive anti-abortion bill Wednesday that President Donald Trump has touted, a move that comes as conservatives across the country push to end the constitutional right to abortion.
May 15

Correction: Death and Disappearance-Congress story

In a story May 14 about legislation in Congress known as Savanna's Act, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Urban Indian Health Institute, which is the research division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, had endorsed the bill. It was the Seattle Indian Health Board that endorsed the bill.
May 15

Judge: No site permit needed for refinery near national park

A North Dakota judge has ruled that regulators properly refrained from getting involved in a dispute over the location of an $800 million oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, sparing developers from a potentially lengthy delay in construction.
May 15

Want a bridge? Trump blurs line between governing, campaign

It was an Oprah-worthy moment: President Donald Trump stood before a Louisiana crowd at an official taxpayer-funded event and tossed out an enticing promise. "If we win this election, which is just 16 months away, we're giving you a brand new I-10 bridge."
May 15

The Latest: FAA acting head stands by safety certification

The Latest on investigation into safety review of the troubled Boeing 737 Max (all times local):
May 15

Mnuchin optimistic on trade battles; Wall Street approves

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the U.S. is making progress on lifting tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico, potentially overcoming a key hurdle toward approval of a trade agreement between the three countries.
May 15

Police: Man killed after hitting Kentucky officer with car

Police in Kentucky say they fatally shot a man who hit an officer with his vehicle.
May 15

The Latest: Lawmaker pans tribes' push to protect bears

The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local):
May 15

Louisiana 'heartbeat' abortion ban nearing final passage

A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as the sixth week of pregnancy continued to speed through the state legislature Wednesday, a day after Alabama lawmakers voted for what could become the nation's most restrictive law against the procedure.
May 15

US, China trade conflict was 20 years in the making

The U.S.-China trade blowup was a long time coming.
May 15

The Latest: NC candidates on the attack in election redo

The Latest on the upcoming election for a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat. (all times local):
May 15

Harris wants ban on importing AR-15-style assault weapons

Kamala Harris wants to ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action if elected president.
May 15

Avenatti hires lawyer to represent him in fraud case

Attorney Michael Avenatti hired a lawyer to represent him Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his request for a public defender in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and committed bank fraud.
May 15

The Latest: Wisconsin Assembly OKs 'born alive' bill

The Latest on Wisconsin Assembly abortion debate (all times local):