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  • Outside investigator into DOC probe meets with lawmakers

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - An outside investigator hired by a Senate panel to assist that chamber's inquiry into the erroneous early release of thousands of prisoners in Washington state told lawmakers his team has reviewed more than 54,000 documents so far. The…
  • Hillary Clinton fails to galvanize Obama's top donors

    1h By Kelly Riddell
    About half of the top fundraisers from President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign are sitting out the Democratic primary this year, with some saying they'll stay neutral until the general election. Others are unenthused by Hillary Clinton's bid, and some are…
  • Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions

    2h By RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic…
  • Republicans block Kansas House debate on Medicaid expansion

    2h By JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republicans blocked a debate Wednesday in the Kansas House on a proposed expansion of the state's Medicaid program before giving first-round approval to budget-balancing legislation. The bill advancing on a voice vote eliminates a projected…
  • North Korea penalized by U.S., Japan, China, South Korea for hostility

    2h By Guy Taylor
    Aftershocks from North Korea's satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic…
  • Republican field sets sights on South Carolina

    2h By Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski
    BEDFORD, N.H. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich vowed to build on his strong showing in the New Hampshire presidential primary, and Donald Trump said he is prepared to face dirty campaigning as a slimmed-down Republican field shifted to South Carolina on Wednesday.…
  • Obama ignoring law with Iranian visa waiver bid: House GOP

    2h By Stephen Dinan
    President Obama's attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its…
  • South Carolina voters will choose anti-Trump GOP candidate

    3h By S.A. Miller
    The South Carolina primary has become a do-or-die showdown between Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who will break out as the mainstream alternative to front-runner Donald Trump. Both men need a strong finish in the Palmetto State's first-in-the-South…
  • Inside the Beltway: A conservative oasis continues to flourish

    7:15pm By Jennifer Harper
    Amid continued political turmoil, there is an oasis of calm and confidence on Capitol Hill, this led by a group of conservatives intent on transparency and purpose problem-solving. They keep calm and carry on. A monthly event titled "Conversations with…
  • Senate urges federal term limits, condemns Israel boycotts

    6:59pm
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is sending two messages to Congress: set term limits for senators and representatives, and condemn efforts to boycott Israel. The chamber passed both resolutions on Tuesday. The first asks Congress to support a…
  • New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low

    6:52pm By SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny…
  • MADD calls for ignition locks for all drunken drivers in Maryland

    6:19pm By Anjali Shastry
    ANNAPOLIS — Rich Leotta can hardly control his grief. His son, Noah, was a Montgomery County Police officer who was struck and killed by a drunken driver in early December. The night the 24-year-old policeman was killed, he had been working as part of a DUI…
  • Colorado Editorial Roundup

    6:19pm By The Associated Press
    The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill: There are many cultural, religious and medical, familial and psychological taboos surrounding death - particularly at one's own hand - and for good reason. Humans are born with an…
  • In Illinois, Obama issues an appeal for political unity

    6:14pm By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - President Barack Obama came here nine years ago to declare it was "time to turn the page" on cynical, special- interest politics. He returned Wednesday lamenting that the story hasn't changed. In a day trip to the state capital where…
  • Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections

    5:51pm By MELISSA HELLMANN
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Threatened and endangered species in Kansas would see their protected habitats greatly shrink under a proposal that would change how those habitats are designated, a conservationist warned a Senate committee Wednesday. The measure before…
  • The Latest: Kansas House budget plan still hits university

    5:38pm
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the Kansas House's debate on budget legislation (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A budget-balancing plan given first-round approval by the Kansas House still punishes the state's largest university for using out-of-state bonds to…
  • NY lawmakers propose help for the wrongfully convicted

    5:23pm By MICHAEL VIRTANEN
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state of New York should guarantee health coverage and college tuition to people exonerated after being imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit, two legislators said Wednesday in proposing a bill that also includes other compensation…
  • Maryland lawmakers outline gun control measures

    4:28pm By BRIAN WITTE
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats outlined a package of gun control measures on Wednesday as part of their legislative priorities this session. House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, described them as "common sense legislation" to protect Maryland…
  • Senate panel plans changes to limits in police video bill

    4:16pm By ARIC CHOKEY
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana Senate committee is considering an overhaul of a bill that would give Indiana police departments broad authority to withhold body camera video amid opposition from open-government advocates. Changes discussed Wednesday by the…
  • Pennsylvania attorney general survives vote to remove her

    4:11pm By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general survived a Senate vote to remove her from office on Wednesday as all but one of her fellow Democrats stood by her, defeating a resolution that said her lack of a valid law license had rendered…