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  • VP Mike Pence casts tie-breaking vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

    WASHINGTON– Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. In Congress’ latest clash mixing the politics of abortion, women’s health and states’ rights, Pence cast the decisive vote in a 51-50 roll call. The tally had been tied after two GOP senators, Alaska’s […]

  • North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo ‘bathroom bill’

    RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night by the state’s Democratic governor and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature, was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events. It was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for […]

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    McDonald’s says it will switch to fresh beef by 2018

    Coming soon to McDonald’s: Fresh beef. The fast food giant said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S. locations. Employees will cook up the never-frozen beef on a grill when ordered. That has been the biggest selling point at rival Wendy’s. Yet there are larger forces at work that have prompted other menu changes at McDonald’s, known for decades more for the […]

  • Ivanka Trump joining father’s administration in official, unpaid position

    WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts. The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity.” She added that she has been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my […]

  • Federal judge extends order blocking Trump’s travel ban

    HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban, preventing the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban several hours after hearing arguments. Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state’s tourist-dependent economy. The implied message in the revised ban is like a “neon sign […]

  • Will compromise measure on North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ get enough votes?

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper say they have an agreement to end the state’s so-called “bathroom bill” that they hope will drive away negative national attention and remove obstacles to expanding businesses and attracting sporting events. But they’ll have to get enough votes in the House and Senate for a proposal set for debate Thursday so the replacement measure for the March 2016 law known as House Bill 2 can reach […]

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    Conley sinks 7 three-pointers as Grizzlies hand Pacers fourth loss in five games

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley wanted to set the tone for the Memphis Grizzlies. He succeeded, in a big way. Conley matched his career high with seven 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, helping the Grizzlies rout the Indiana Pacers 110-97 on Wednesday night. Memphis (41-34) had lost four in a row, all on the road. “It was a must-win,” Conley said, “and I just wanted to make a statement, not only with my team, but to the coaches, […]

  • AP ranks Top 100 all-time in college hoops; IU leads state schools at No. 6

    The Associated Press college basketball poll started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And, 68 years later, the poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls – 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go past the Top 25 of the moment and determine the top 100 programs of all-time. The teams at the top are a who’s who of college basketball royalty. Starting with […]

  • Indiana board approves $7M Carrier deal brokered by Trump

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indiana board has approved a deal directing $7 million in tax breaks and grants over the next decade for a deal brokered by President Donald Trump to keep hundreds of jobs at the Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis. The Indiana Economic Development Board committee voted to endorse the incentive package Tuesday, nearly four months after Trump celebrated the deal at the furnace factory. The deal still needs approval from the state budget committee. The deal requires […]

  • Chicago pushing to establish identification undocumented immigrants can obtain

    CHICAGO, Ill. – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing the establishment of a municipal identification program that will allow people living in the U.S. illegally access to city services. A proposed ordinance introduced Wednesday to Chicago’s City Council would allow the city clerk to review documents provided by applicants seeking an ID. However, the clerk’s office would be barred from collecting or keeping that information. The measure is aimed at easing the fears of immigrants that President Donald Trump’s administration […]