• Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.

  • New Mexico considers creation of ethics commission

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is moving closer than ever toward creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct and campaign finances of public officials, lobbyists and state contractors.

  • A man identified only as Younes, 29, who says he is unjustly under house arrest, answers the Associated Press in Goussainville, north of Paris, Thursday Feb.4, 2016. French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched nearly 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris, but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime instead of terrorism. Rights activists say that's an abuse of authority, and strongly oppose a new government effort to permanently expand police powers. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

    French activists denounce abuse of authority after attacks

    PARIS (AP) — French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched more than 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris — but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime, not terrorism.

  • Arkansas GOP, having embraced term limits, is now conflicted

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than two decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to limit how long lawmakers could serve in the Legislature, Republicans who once championed the issue are conflicted. GOP leaders now say they believe lawmakers should be able to stay longer than originally planned. Term limits advocate insist on sticking to the original limit. The issue could be headed back to the state ballot for the second time in two years this fall.

  • David Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, addresses the media with attorney's Jared Woodfill, left, and Terry Yates after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

    Activist behind Planned Parenthood video surrenders in Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.

  • Today in History

    Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2016. There are 331 days left in the year.

  • Mukhriz Mahathir, center, the son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaks during a press conference in Kedah, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Mukhriz Mahathir has resigned as a state chief minister, saying he was ousted because of his criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a $700 million financial scandal. (AP Photo) MALAYSIA OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

    Malaysian politician ousted over criticism of prime minister

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned as the top leader of a federal state Wednesday, saying he was ousted because he had criticized Prime Minister Najib Razak over a $700 million financial scandal.

  • Partisan candidates vie for secretary of state in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The fall election for New Mexico secretary of state will pit Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the wake of a scandal that landed the state election agency’s former chief in jail.

  • Ex-FIFA vice president released on bond in corruption case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former vice president for world soccer’s governing body has been released from U.S. custody in New York and will be subject to house arrest as he awaits trial on bribery and other charges related to a sprawling corruption case.

  • In this Oct. 17, 2015 file photo, Haiti's President Michel Martelly returns to his seat after delivering a speech during a ceremony marking the 209th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Jean-Jacques Dessalines, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The outgoing president released on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, a ong jeering at his critics, primarily an award-winning female journalist and human rights advocate. The released track called “Bal Bannann Nan”, Haitian Creole for “Give Them the Banana.” It’s credited to Sweet Micky, the stage name for Haiti's pop-star-turned-president. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

    Song by Haiti’s outgoing leader jeers at female journalist

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s outgoing president has released a brash pop song jeering at his critics and aiming sexually suggestive lyrics at his main target, an award-winning female journalist.