Battle between religious and gay rights splits GOP states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples.

  • Written by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Cruz, Sanders emerge victorious in Wisconsin primaries

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Ted Cruz stormed to a commanding victory in Wisconsin Tuesday, denting front-runner Donald Trump's chances of capturing the GOP nomination before the party's convention. Democrat Bernie Sanders triumphed over Hillary Clinton but still faces a mathematically difficult path to the White House.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Stricter rules unveiled for brokers giving retirement advice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acted Wednesday to require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet a stricter standard that now applies to registered advisers: They must act as "fiduciaries" — trustees who are obligated to put their clients' best interests above all.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

GOP senator meets with Garland, says hearings should be held

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday she is "more convinced than ever" that there should be hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee after meeting with Judge Merrick Garland.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Impeachment call latest complication for Alabama governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two weeks after admitting to sexually charged remarks to a female aide, embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley faces a call for his impeachment from a bipartisan group of lawmakers who said the public has lost confidence in the Republican governor.

  • Written by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MELISSA BROWN, Associated Press