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Feds wrote $128M in duplicate checks to docs, report finds

Feds wrote $128M in duplicate checks to docs, report finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wrote duplicate checks to doctors who provided care for veterans, costing taxpayers as much as $128 million in extra payments, according to a new watchdog report out this week.
Polarization means punishment for minority party lawmakers

Polarization means punishment for minority party lawmakers

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr was silenced by her Republican colleagues on Wednesday in a vote that bars her from participating on the House floor for the remainder of the 2023 session.
Security video shows tense exchange between politicians in Manitoba legislature

Security video shows tense exchange between politicians in Manitoba legislature

WINNIPEG — Security video of a tense exchange between two Manitoba politicians inside the legislature was released by the Speaker's office Wednesday, but the footage appeared unlikely to put to rest a dispute over exactly what happened.
Biden, Yoon warn N. Korea on nukes, unveil deterrence plan

Biden, Yoon warn N. Korea on nukes, unveil deterrence plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and South Korea's Yoon Suk Yeol unveiled a new plan Wednesday to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat, with the U.S.
Surrey schools face double-decker portables, program cuts, says Falcon, school board

Surrey schools face double-decker portables, program cuts, says Falcon, school board

VICTORIA — Opposition BC United Leader Kevin Falcon says the New Democrat government has failed to deliver on its promise from 2017 to eliminate portables at Surrey, B.C., schools.
Protected areas, fishing closures, to help B.C.'s threatened southern resident orcas

Protected areas, fishing closures, to help B.C.'s threatened southern resident orcas

VANCOUVER — The federal government has announced several measures, ranging from sanctuary zones to fishing closures, as it works to protect critically endangered southern resident killer whales off the British Columbia coast.
Louisiana 'Don't Say Gay' bill advances out of committee

Louisiana 'Don't Say Gay' bill advances out of committee

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As several conservative states adopt legislation that prohibits school employees from teaching or discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom, Louisiana advanced its own “Don’t Say Gay” bill Wednesday.
Fox to hand over documents for 2nd voting machine lawsuit

Fox to hand over documents for 2nd voting machine lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News agreed Wednesday to hand over thousands of documents to voting machine company Smartmatic, which is suing the network for defamation in a case similar to Dominion Voting Machines' just-settled lawsuit .
What's in the GOP bill to lift debt limit, cut spending

What's in the GOP bill to lift debt limit, cut spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are trying to exact a price from Democrats for agreeing to increase the nation's borrowing authority and prevent the government from defaulting on the obligations it has accrued over decades.
Disney sues DeSantis, calling park takeover 'retaliation'

Disney sues DeSantis, calling park takeover 'retaliation'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Disney sued Florida Gov.
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