New York (CNN) - Lawmakers in New York are poised to pass a new set of gun laws intended to fortify the state's assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in ammunition magazines and strengthen laws that keep the mentally ill from firearms.
The Democratic-controlled Assembly, which has been largely in favor of tight gun laws, is expected to take up the measure early Tuesday afternoon.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, the outspoken New Jersey Republican whose popularity soared after Superstorm Sandy, said Tuesday that 41,000 storm-affected families remained displaced from their homes and he called for a "full, clean Sandy aid bill" in Congress.
"We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited," Christie said, delivering his annual State of the State address before a joint legislative session in Trenton.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The former Arizona congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in her district roughly two years ago paid a visit Friday to Newtown, Connecticut, where last month a gunman killed 27 people and himself in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
Gabrielle Giffords made the trip with her husband, Mark Kelly. The couple met with local and state leaders to discuss gun control legislation, mental health identification and treatment, and "concerns for the erosion of our societal values such that we are increasingly desensitized to violence," according to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.FULL STORY
NEW YORK (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday designated Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan the federal point person to lead New York's storm recovery effort, just more than two weeks after a rare mix of converging weather slammed into the Northeast.
"We thought it'd be good to have a New Yorker," Obama said Thursday, referencing Donovan's previous stint atop the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The agency is thought to be among the nation's largest municipal developers of low- to mid-income housing.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) - A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday became the nation's second to deem the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
The divisive Clinton-era law was passed in 1996 and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and says states cannot be forced to recognize such marriages from other states.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent a controversial voter ID law back to a lower court Tuesday to assess the availability of alternative forms of identification and whether the new law disenfranchises voters.
The high court said the state's Commonwealth Court has until October 2 to file its supplemental opinion, according to court documents.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court on Thursday took up a controversial case over the state's new voting law, which requires voters to furnish a photo ID before casting their ballots.
Court spokesman Art Heinz said the case, which is an appeal from a lower court's August 15 decision which upheld the law, is not expected to be resolved by Thursday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - As the field of GOP nominees for president narrows, the remaining crop of those seeking to replace Barack Obama geared up Saturday for a pair of pivotal weekend debates in New Hampshire, just days ahead of the nation's first primary.
Front-runner Mitt Romney, who eked out a narrow eight-vote victory ahead of former Sen. Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucus, has since surged past his competition in the Granite State.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Ohio voters will repeal a controversial law Tuesday limiting the collective-bargaining rights of public workers, CNN projects based on reported results.
The measure was a referendum on state Senate bill 5, the latest in a showdown between union groups, business leaders and lawmakers over the ways state governments negotiate with their employees.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Ohioans headed to the ballot boxes Tuesday to decide whether to repeal a controversial law that would curb the collective-bargaining rights of public workers.
The measure is a referendum on state Senate bill 5, the latest in a showdown between union groups, business leaders and lawmakers over the ways state governments negotiate with their employees.FULL STORY