Iowa lawmakers approve banning abortion at 'fetal heartbeat'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican legislators sent Iowa's governor a bill early Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy, propelling the state overnight to the front of a push among conservative statehouses jockeying to enact the nation's most-restrictive regulations on the procedure.

  • Written by By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ and SCOTT STEWART , Associated Press

Arizona teachers vow to end strike if funding plan passes

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers said they will end a historic statewide strike Thursday that shut down schools for days if lawmakers pass a plan that offers big raises and increased school funding but that still falls short of their demands.

  • Written by By BOB CHRISTIE and MELISSA DANIELS , Associated Press

Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel leading the Russia investigation raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney said, confirming that investigators have floated the extraordinary idea of forcing a sitting president to testify under oath.

  • Written by By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

EPA security chief, Superfund head leave amid ethics probes


WASHINGTON (AP) — The two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers that his subordinates were to blame for alleged ethical lapses that have prompted more than a dozen federal investigations of the agency.


  • Written by By ELLEN KNICKMEYER , Associated Press

Dozens with ties to supremacist gangs arrested in Texas


DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say dozens of people associated with white-supremacist gangs in Texas have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, including four accused in a kidnapping in which a hatchet was used to chop off a victim's finger.