• New Mexico lawmakers confront budget crisis, governor

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Despite resistance from the governor, New Mexico lawmakers pushed forward with a string of tax and fee increases Wednesday during a special legislative session to restore funding for higher education and the Legislature.

  • New Mexico House speaker says tax reforms won’t get vote

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s tax on sales and business services will not come to a vote during a special legislative session, Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf announced Tuesday.

  • Texas Senate approves banning drones over stadiums, jails

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Drone flights could soon face new restrictions in America’s largest conservative state.

  • PawSox stadium plans heading to Rhode Island lawmakers

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Plans for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium are heading to Rhode Island lawmakers.

  • The Latest: US not sure IS was behind Manchester bombing

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local):

  • Veteran reporter compares Watergate, Trump’s travails

    In Watergate, the smoking gun was a White House tape proving that Richard M. Nixon ordered a cover-up — the final evidence that forced him from the White House.

  • High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court’s ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.

  • Scathing report on Rio Olympics: venues ‘White Elephants’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”

  • Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith’s 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.

  • New Mexico lawmaker say governor’s appointments can wait

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the New Mexico Senate says there will be no confirmation hearings for appointments by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during a special legislative session that begins Wednesday.