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Warner, Wyden, Rubio introduce legislation to empower students as consumers and showcase new privacy-protecting technology

~ Updated legislation allows students and families to make informed decisions about how to spend their higher education dollars while protecting student privacy ~ WASHINGTON – With the cost of college at an all-time high, U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced updated legislation on Thursday, Nov. 29, to provide critical information to help … Continue reading

The Latest: Cosby lawyers say he and accuser were lovers
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The Latest: Cosby lawyers say he and accuser were lovers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Bill Cosby’s defense lawyer says the comedian and his primary accuser were lovers. Cosby is on trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. His lawyers said in … Continue reading

House OKs sale of 151-proof liquor
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House OKs sale of 151-proof liquor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians would be able to buy liquor with almost 50 percent more alcohol than is currently available under a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Delegates. The legislation would raise the limit on the alcohol content of neutral grain spirits – alcohol that is “without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or … Continue reading

Virginia House gives ‘Tebow bill’ preliminary approval
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Virginia House gives ‘Tebow bill’ preliminary approval

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates gave tentative approval Monday to a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in high school sports. HB 1578, widely known as the “Tebow Bill” after former University of Florida and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, would give home-schoolers the ability to participate in high school … Continue reading

Bathrooms become battlegrounds in anti-discrimination debate
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Bathrooms become battlegrounds in anti-discrimination debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As bathrooms become battlegrounds in the national debate over anti-discrimination laws, a city council’s decision to protect the restroom choices of transgender people in Charlotte, North Carolina, was cheered Tuesday, Feb. 23, by rights advocates as a courageous move. But it may not stand for very long. Gov. Pat McCrory told The … Continue reading

Bill to strip Planned Parenthood funds nears Kasich’s desk
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Bill to strip Planned Parenthood funds nears Kasich’s desk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill stripping government money from Planned Parenthood, a move that might help him with conservatives who dominate the upcoming Republican presidential primary in South Carolina. The legislation was poised to head to Kasich on Wednesday, February 10, a day after the primary in New … Continue reading

Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill
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Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 … Continue reading

House and Senate have reached agreement
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House and Senate have reached agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems — a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his entire administration to achieve. The bill would also put … Continue reading

Health / National / Politics

GOP bill would gut health law, halt Planned Parenthood money

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed legislation toward House passage on Friday that would erase key components of President Barack Obama’s health care law, block federal payments to Planned Parenthood and face certain veto from President Barack Obama — should it ever reach him. The bill aims squarely at two favorite targets of conservatives. And though … Continue reading

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Bill Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

BOSTON (AP) — Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn’t have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed. “Cosby claims a privilege to defame where none exists; tries to shield himself from … Continue reading