Schools chief Dorn says state budget unconstitutional

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is urging the state Supreme Court to reject the Legislature's $38.2 billion budget deal, arguing lawmakers have again failed in their constitutional duty to fund schools. The budget package agreed to by Republican and Democratic legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee adds $1.3 billion in new spending on K-12 education,...

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Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees' preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration...

UN extends Darfur peacekeeping force despite Sudan protest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a one-year extension of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's western Darfur region where conflict is intensifying, rejecting the Sudanese government's demand that the troops leave. A resolution adopted by the U.N.'s most powerful body keeps the size of the force the...

Obama proposal would make 5 million more eligible for OT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold...

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. On their last day together until the fall, the justices voted 5-4...