• FIFA candidate Sheikh Salman signs human rights pledge

    MIAMI (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman says he signed a pledge written by NGOs committing the governing body, if he leads it, to tackle human rights abuses and corruption.

  • New Mexico lawmakers back campaign finance database

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s online clearinghouse for campaign finance information has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

  • Ex-president sues Penn State over Sandusky scandal backlash

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s ex-president has sued the university, saying it reneged on an agreement they struck when he stepped down in 2011, and filed another claiming former FBI director Louis Freeh defamed him through a blisteringly critical report about how the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal was handled.

  • Education-related groups lead lobbying efforts in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows retirees and teachers unions are among those who have had the widest lobbying presence at the New Mexico capitol in recent years.

  • In this shown in this 1981 photo, Willie Otey Kay shows her dress form in her living room at her house on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., as she crafted the specialty dresses. Long before the rage over a must-have Marc Jacobs handbag or a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans, "it" girls in the Triangle wanted a Willie Otey Kay. To have one of her handcrafted dresses, for a prom, a debutante ball or a wedding, was considered a style score. But getting one at the height of Kay's popularity was harder than landing the latest Jacobs bag. (John Rottet/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Woven of dignity: Black seamstress’ legacy on display

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman in who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.

  • French prime minister Manuel Valls, center, leaves the France's National Assembly, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. French lawmakers voted on a divisive bill aimed at changing the constitution to introduce the possibility of revoking the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges in the wake of the Paris attacks.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    French lawmakers approve divisive citizenship bill

    PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have approved a divisive bill aimed at making it possible to revoke the citizenship of people convicted on terrorism charges.

  • Smoke rises as protestors set fires on a street in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.

  • Ethics commission plan gains momentum in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

  • An unidentified man walks past a Confederate monument in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. A legislative committee is considering a proposal that would make it more difficult for local officials to remove Confederate memorials like the obelisk, which the city park board has voted to take down. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confederate monuments first erected after the Civil War to honor Southern soldiers have increasingly been targeted by civil rights activists who say they are offensive to blacks and should be taken down. An Alabama legislator wants to make sure that doesn’t happen without state lawmakers’ approval.

  • Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning him for a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy.