The Latest: Negotiations on big spending bill hit new snag

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Negotiations on a $1 trillion-plus catchall spending bill have hit a snag over former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in US history

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity. White House officials on Wednesday were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small.

Different president, same old government shutdown threats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship.

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs. The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

Phase-in on N Carolina class-size mandate approved by Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican legislation has cleared the Senate that would ease required class-size mandates this fall in North Carolina's public schools in early grades. The chamber voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for what GOP lawmakers described as a compromise allowing a two-year phase-in period for lower average class-size requirements in districts as well as single class-size maximums for kindergarten through third grade.

Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship.

Jobs incentives in poorer N. Carolina counties focus of bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A key North Carolina state senator wants to change how the state's primary economic incentives tool is used and promoted so that more benefits go to companies that promise to create jobs in the state's poorer regions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville is an author of a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee that addresses the Job Development Investment Grant.

Beer stores near reservation appeal loss of liquor licenses

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The owners of four Nebraska beer stores that sell millions of cans of beer each year near a South Dakota American Indian reservation that is plagued by alcohol-related problems are appealing a state regulator's decision not to renew their liquor licenses. The appeal filed late Monday in Lancaster County District Court says the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission's decision last week was arbitrary, unsupported by evidence and contrary to Nebraska law.

States alarmed by laser strikes on aircraft are passing laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State Police pilot Jerry King was flying his state plane back to the Lansing airport after a mission when he saw a green pulsing light in the night sky. Suddenly, he was blinded by a bright flash, much like staring into a camera flashbulb as it goes off, and he was unable to see for several seconds. "It'll seem like 10," King said.

McMaster signs bill stabilizing S. Carolina's pension system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Legislation that aims to stabilize South Carolina's pension system for public employees is "just the first step of many" needed to fix the problem, Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday as he signed it into law. The law will require higher payments from workers and employers, starting in July.

Big unwind begins: Republicans target crisis financial rules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Emboldened by a business-friendly president, Republicans in Congress are moving to unwind the stricter regulations that took effect after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. A House committee takes up legislation Wednesday that would defang the tighter rules. While passage by the GOP-controlled House could come in a few months, the Senate -- where Republicans have only 52 of 100 seats -- poses an obstacle.

The Latest: NC GOP leaders rush to get elections law upheld

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the partisan clash between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature over an elections administration law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. North Carolina Republican legislative leaders have rushed to the courthouse to try to block expected efforts by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to get a new elections administration law thrown out as unconstitutional.

NC Republicans override gov's veto in latest partisan clash

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers have voted to override new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that reduces his authority over state elections, the latest partisan clash in North Carolina over laws that chip away at executive branch power. The House completed the override Tuesday, a day after the Senate cast a similar vote that exceeded the three-fifths majorities required to enact the law despite Cooper's objections.

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories quickly by turning to a presidential tool he once derided. But Trump's frequent use of the executive order points to his failure to move major legislation through a Congress controlled by his own party.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice -- no small feat -- and call these promises kept.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

UNC-NCAA-PUBLIC RECORDS Bill addressing UNC school records on athletic groups OK'd RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A measure affirming documents held by University of North Carolina system schools about their member athletic organizations -- like the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference -- are public records has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A Senate judiciary committee recommended the measure Monday. It's got one more panel to pass before reaching the chamber floor. Bill sponsor Sen.