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Costs, delays scuttle 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project

MARY ESCH

February 24, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, a spokeswoman...

AP-NORC poll: Most Americans support Equal Rights Amendment

MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK

February 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVonne Hirashima had two children by the time she was 20 and no time to get a college degree. Instead, the single parent doubled down at work and built a stable career in information technology, and now works for a government contractor.Still, Hirashima, 48, said she lost out on prom...

GOP attorneys general seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

February 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.Legal chiefs in five states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota — filed a motion o...

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

STEVE KARNOWSKI

February 20, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes.St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his ...

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

JOHN HANNA

February 14, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions.Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to senators ...

House acts to remove deadline for Equal Rights Amendment

MATTHEW DALY

February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the House on Thursday approved a measure removing a 1982 deadline for state ratification and reopening the process to amend the Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex."There is no expiration date on equality,'' said Dem...

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

February 13, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power.Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendment...

Ginsburg: Equal Rights Amendment backers should start over

JESSICA GRESKO

February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday that those like her who support an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution should start over in trying to get it passed rather than counting on breathing life into the failed attempt from the 1970s.“I would like to see a new beg...

Azerbaijan voters choose new parliament in ex-Soviet nation

February 9, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Azerbaijan were choosing a new parliament Sunday in an early election after a short and low-key campaign.President Ilham Aliev, in power since 2003, called the election in early December after the parliament appealed to be dissolved in order to elect a new body that could w...

Haitian president lays out terms for deal with opposition

MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

February 7, 2020

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Jovenel Moise said Friday that he is optimistic that negotiations with a coalition of his political opponents will succeed in forging a power-sharing deal to end months of deadlock that have left Haiti without a functioning government.In an interview with The A...

Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Medicaid plan targeted

JOHN HANNA

February 7, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot Friday, and abortion opponents responded by moving aggressively to block a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Democrats and GOP moderates.Neither side expected Frida...

Appeals court dismisses Democrats’ lawsuit against Trump

JESSICA GRESKO

February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday dismissed one of several ongoing lawsuits charging that President Donald Trump has illegally profited off the presidency.The lawsuit the court dismissed was filed by Democratic members of Congress in 2017. The court was not ruling on...