Special interest groups

New Hanover County Schools teachers board a bus in Wilmington, N.C., bound for a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states has washed into North Carolina, where educators have pledged to fill the streets and bring their demands for better pay and school resources to legislators' doorstep. (Cammie Bellamy/The Star-News via AP)
May 16, 2018 - 12:16 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of teachers gathered Wednesday in North Carolina's capital to demand better pay and more resources for public schools in the conservative, tax-cutting state, continuing a nationwide trend of teachers rising up to pressure lawmakers for change. Wearing red and with...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018 file photo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda take part in an AP interview in Kirkland, Wash. Gates' non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press 2018 analysis of its grants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
May 16, 2018 - 8:01 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference near the border with Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, May 7, 2018, in San Diego. Sessions discussed immigration enforcement during his Southern California visit Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
May 07, 2018 - 9:00 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally may cause families to be separated while parents are prosecuted, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would refer all arrests for illegal entry...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. Illinois says it will work with federal officials and other states on a strategy for fortifying a lock and dam to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. Gov. Bruce Rauner has sent letters to his counterparts in the Great Lakes region proposing negotiations toward an agreement on using the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet to block the path of the invasive fish. A federal plan has divided the region's eight states. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)
May 07, 2018 - 6:36 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois has proposed negotiations with federal officials and other states in the Great Lakes region over fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan and threatening its native fish. Gov. Bruce Rauner said his state was...
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April 27, 2018 - 1:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy groups say Texas is poised to unfairly distribute $5-plus billion in federal funding provided for housing repairs following Hurricane Harvey — prioritizing wealthy homeowners over poorer victims in ways that could constitute racial discrimination. A draft state...
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Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 27, 2018 - 9:52 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers who say they are fed up with lagging salaries and what they see as an equally dangerous attack on their profession: school...
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April 24, 2018 - 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted 50-47 to confirm one of President Donald Trump's nominees to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Republicans used their majority to push Kyle Duncan's confirmation through over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and liberal...
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April 20, 2018 - 10:59 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In a story April 19 about an Illinois bill concerning school resource officers, The Associated Press misstated the name of a poverty advocacy group. It is the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, not the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law. The AP also...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio speaks at his office in Fountain Hills, Ariz. An appeals court on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, ordered that a special prosecutor be appointed to defend a court ruling that dismissed the now-pardoned criminal case but didn't erase his criminal record. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
April 17, 2018 - 6:17 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A special prosecutor will be appointed in an appeal over the pardon of former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio's conviction for disobeying a court order because President Donald Trump's Justice Department is now refusing to handle the case, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The U.S...
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FILE - This Oct. 14, 2015, file photo shows the Food and Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, U.S. health officials proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been subject to years of criticism for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 17, 2018 - 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government's system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. The plan from the Food and Drug Administration includes...
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