State governments

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, riders are propelled by jets of water as they go over a hump while riding a water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan. Testimony has concluded in the trial of two maintenance workers at the water park who are accused of deliberately misleading investigators after a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on the waterslide. Deliberations will begin Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 after closing arguments are made in the case against David Hughes and John Zalsman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 18, 2018 - 3:11 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas water park workers were acquitted Thursday of impeding an investigation into the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated while on a ride that had been billed as the world's tallest waterslide. David Hughes and John Zalsman were found not guilty of...
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Summer Zervos leaves New York state appellate court, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in New York. President Donald Trump's lawyers hope to persuade an appeals court to dismiss or delay Zervos' claim that he defamed her by calling her a liar after she accused him of unwanted kissing and groping. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 18, 2018 - 2:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Appeals court judges weighing President Donald Trump's bid to shut down a former "Apprentice" contestant's defamation suit against him are asking a hypothetical question: Could a New York court order the president to jail if he were to buck an order in the case? The question came up...
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October 18, 2018 - 12:58 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says his re-election campaign is moving ahead but says he's taking it "a day at a time." His campaign was rocked Tuesday by the abrupt resignation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott over what Walker has described as an inappropriate overture to a woman. Mallott...
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FILE- In this July 24, 2017, file photo, pencils are at the ready on a teachers desk at Bruns Academy in Charlotte, N.C. The Educator Expense Deduction is a $250 tax deduction to help recoup out-of-pocket costs for outfitting a classroom, getting training or buying teaching materials. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File)
October 18, 2018 - 7:03 am
The flood of education-related tax advice that seems to crest during back-to-school season often centers on students or their parents. But teachers can score a few tax breaks, too — if they do their homework. Three tax pros share their own lesson plans for cutting teachers' tax bills. 1. Educator...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, sprinklers run as a farmworker walks through a broccoli field in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 18, 2018 - 4:02 am
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn't take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers...
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The Mega Millions jackpot is displayed at a convenience store Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
October 17, 2018 - 8:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us...
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Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez, right, pose with hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan prior to a gubernatorial debate at the studios of WBGH-TV in Boston, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018. (Meredith Nierman/WGBH-TV via AP, Pool)
October 17, 2018 - 7:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he hadn't decided if he would vote for fellow Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl even though he has publicly endorsed his candidacy — but quickly backtracked and pledged to cast a ballot for Diehl. Baker made the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gives two thumbs up during the gubernatorial debate at Newberry Opera House in Newberry, S.C. With less than three weeks until Election Day, South Carolina voters are getting a chance to see a matchup between the two candidates vying to be their next governor. Gov. Henry McMaster and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. James Smith, meet for a debate on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence. (Andrew Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP, File)
October 17, 2018 - 5:12 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The men vying to be South Carolina's next governor are drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them in...
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File - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sign forms at the Division of Elections office in Anchorage, Alaska after the two men submitted signatures to get their ticket on the November general election ballot. The governor of Alaska says Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has resigned over unspecified "inappropriate comments." The move upends what was already a difficult re-election fight for Gov. Bill Walker. Mallott's decision was announced Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, shortly after Walker participated in a debate in Anchorage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
October 17, 2018 - 4:12 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some supporters of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker struggled Wednesday to understand the abrupt resignation of Walker's lieutenant governor and what that means for his re-election hopes. Byron Mallott resigned Tuesday after what Walker, an independent, described as an "inappropriate...
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In this Sept. 2018 handout photo released by El Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar, a pair of critically endangered vaquita porpoises swim in the Gulf of California. Experts called on Mexico to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen vaquitas were sighted in September. (Oscar Ortiz/Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar via AP)
October 17, 2018 - 3:30 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts called on Mexico's government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September. The sightings were an unexpected mix of good and bad news for the world...
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