By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
June 30, 2015 4:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank today and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally.
By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press
June 30, 2015 2:11 p.m.
DENVER — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul planned Tuesday to court donors from the new marijuana industry, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.
By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press
June 30, 2015 2:10 p.m.
SEATTLE — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state's public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.
By JULIA HOROWITZ, Associated Press
June 30, 2015 11:52 a.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A haze blanketed much of the Midwest on Tuesday as strong winds carried smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south, prompting health warnings in at least two states.
By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press
June 30, 2015 10:52 a.m.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.