Legislation

In this Oct. 9, 2019 photo, Joe Schiavone, 81, stands in his workshop in West Melbourne, Fla. Schiavone will get a modest cost-of-living increase from Social Security for 2020,a political year in which many Democrats are calling for a boost in basic benefits and a more generous formula to compute annual inflation adjustments. (AP Photo/Mike Brown)
October 10, 2019 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection. The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average...
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Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al Ayn, northeast Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday the start of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 09, 2019 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sponsor of an emerging bipartisan Senate bill that would punish Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria says the measure could immediately block U.S. arms sales to Turkey. Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland tells The Associated Press that he and Republican Sen...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks with reporters outside of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration Wednesday, Oct. 9, proposed to overhaul decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse, but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing, as well as financial kickbacks among service providers such as hospitals, clinics and doctors. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 09, 2019 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. The rules under revision were intended to counter self-dealing and financial...
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Anti Brexit protesters demonstrate through the streets as part of the Reject Brexit-Defend Our Democracy protest, in Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 29, 2019. The ruling Conservative Party is committed to Britain's Brexit split from the European Union to leave on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, as they hold the annual party conference in Manchester. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 6:17 am
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. financial system is prepared to cope with a no-deal Brexit, though uncertainties about the country's withdrawal from the European Union are weighing hard on the wider economy, the Bank of England said Wednesday. The bank's Financial Policy Committee, which assesses financial...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill AB 1482, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. AB 1482 will cap rent increases at 5% each year plus inflation. The bill will also ban landlords from evicting tenants without just cause. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 08, 2019 - 7:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will limit rent increases for some people over the next decade after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Tuesday aimed at combating a housing crisis in the nation's most populous state. Newsom signed the bill at an event in Oakland, an area where a recent...
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LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 08, 2019 - 12:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard highly anticipated cases on whether federal civil rights law should apply to LGBT people, with Chief Justice John Roberts questioning how doing so would affect employers. In the first of two cases, the justices heard arguments on whether a...
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October 08, 2019 - 5:06 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More targeted spending proposals could soon be headed to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk as Republican legislators keep pitching portions of their vetoed state budget bill. The House scheduled final votes on Tuesday for measures that cleared the Senate last week. One funds...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a man walks alone on normally busy road near the Legislative Council after protesters continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the city’s economy is being battered by months of increasingly violent protests. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
October 08, 2019 - 3:36 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's economy is taking a beating from months of increasingly violent protests, the city's embattled leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. Lam, addressing reporters after a long weekend of more turmoil, said tourism arrivals were down by half and that hotels and retailers were...
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President Donald Trump speaks after a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 08, 2019 - 3:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is casting his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle...
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Pharmacist Clint Hopkins displays the HIV prevention drugs Descovy, left and Truvada, right, at Pucci's Pharmacy in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, SB159, by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, Monday, authorizing pharmacists to sell the HIV preventative medications, to patients without a physician's prescription. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 07, 2019 - 7:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor's prescription after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection. Advocates of Senate Bill 159 say...
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