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June 12

A look at where Wisconsin's lame-duck laws, challenges stand

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws that Republicans passed during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.
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June 12

Lawmakers challenge Trump official over Saudi arms sale

Lawmakers on Wednesday grilled a State Department official over President Donald Trump's decision to sell arms to Saudi Arabia without congressional review, with the top Democrat on the House panel describing the move as a "slap in the face" and Republicans also voicing objections.
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June 12

The Latest: Virginia GOP hopes to benefit from Morrissey win

The Latest on Virginia's primary elections (all times local):
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June 12

AP Interview: Navy's top admiral discusses war college probe

The Navy's top admiral said Wednesday that he felt he had enough information to warrant removing the president of the Naval War College from his post this week, days after The Associated Press reported on the investigation at the college and more than a year after the initial complaint was filed.
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June 12

US sports bets hit $9 billion a year after court ruling

At least $9 billion has been bet —legally— on sports in the U.S. in the year since New Jersey's victory in a U.S. Supreme Court case cleared the way for other states to do it.
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June 12

Deal on NYC tenant protections will be signed, governor says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he will sign a deal negotiated by legislative leaders that would strengthen rent stabilization rules covering more than a million tenants in and around New York City.
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June 12

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections.
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June 12

GOP promises new bill to fund state juvenile centers

Republican lawmakers say they're still looking to build new state facilities to house juvenile offenders after Wisconsin's youth prison closes.
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June 12

The Latest: Trump may visit Poland again in September

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Poland (all times local):
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June 12

Need export help? Here are some small business resources

Small business owners who are interested in exporting, or who need education and assistance about issues like tariffs, can get information or assistance online or from federal, state or local government agencies.
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June 12

Clarification: Obit-John Gunther Dean story

In a June 11 obituary for U.S. diplomat John Gunther Dean, The Associated Press reported that Dean had been forced out of the State Department due to policy differences over Israel. Dean's granddaughter, Laura Dean, says he was forced out over differences about whether to investigate that 1986 plane crash that killed Pakistan's prime minister, which Dean suspected Israel may have had a hand in. Laura Dean says her grandfather's belief that Israel was behind a 1980 attempt to assassinate him while he served as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon was not a factor in his forced retirement.
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June 12

Back-and-forth trade moves leave businesses uncertain, wary

Jeff Schwager is wondering whether it truly makes sense to sell his company's cheese outside the U.S.
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June 12

May budget deficit hits record $207.8 billion

The federal government's budget deficit in May rose to a record $207.8 billion, 41.5% higher than a year ago. Most of that increase reflected the impact of calendar quirks that shifted $55 billion in June benefit payments into May.
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June 12

Senators question FBI on Russian hack of voting firm

Two U.S. senators asked the FBI on Wednesday to explain what it has done to investigate the suspected hack by Russian intelligence of a Florida-based voting software company before the 2016 election.
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June 12

FCC wants to fix maps that now overstate broadband coverage

U.S. telecom regulators are trying to fix faulty maps that don't reflect which Americans have access to high-speed internet.Lawmakers and public-interest groups have lambasted the…
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June 12

Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi website lawsuit

A federal judge awarded a Muslim-American radio host $4.1 million in monetary damages Wednesday after he successfully sued a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism.
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June 12

The Latest: Police found teen mom while canvassing complex

The Latest on newborn baby found inside a dumpster in Northern California (all times local):
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June 12

Nebraska's AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging families.
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June 12

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man.
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June 12

Watchdog: Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported

Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it's a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.