• In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her late daughter, Brittany Maynard, as she receives congratulations from Ellen Pontac, left, after a right-to die measure was approved by the state Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice.

  • Albuquerque police to buy property for seized vehicles

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police could get the funds to purchase a property for storing hundreds of vehicles seized during DWI arrests, a city official said.

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, photo, Alabama Probate Judge Nick Williams laughs in a court room at the Washington County court house in Chatom, Ala. Williams, also a Baptist minister in Washington County, is among those who have stopped issuing any marriage licenses.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama’s all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.

  • Judge rules New Mexico tree-cutting law is unconstitutional

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal court has struck down a state law that gave New Mexico counties the authority to remove trees and clear overgrown areas on national forest land without having to get approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes.

  • Brazil’s lower house approves visa waiver tied to Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s lower house voted Thursday to give a 90-day waiver to foreigners who normally need a visa so they can come to the country next year for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Dilma Rousseff.

  • In this Aug. 12, 2015 photo, a map is displayed at a news conference at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in Mineola, N.Y., that shows the gas stations that Jason Golson-Orelus is accused of robbing. Police across the country are increasingly using GPS tracking devices hidden in stacks of cash, pill bottles and other objects to catch thieves. Investigators had secretly embedded a GPS tracking device in a stack of bills that led to the arrest of Golson-Orelus. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

    Hidden GPS devices to track suspects raise legal concerns

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — For months, police trying to solve a Long Island robbery spree had little more to go on than grainy surveillance footage of a man in a hoodie and black ski mask holding up one gas station or convenience store after another.

  • Obama signs stopgap spending bill that averts shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a short-term spending bill that averts a government shutdown and gives Congress and the president about 10 more weeks to fashion a longer-lasting budget deal.

  • Mayor vetoes Albuquerque measure on marijuana penalties

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Richard Berry says he has vetoed an Albuquerque City Council measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

  • Senate easily approves stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown; House to follow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate easily approves stopgap spending bill to avert government shutdown; House to follow.