Wednesday October 18th, 2017 6:17PM

AP Online Headlines - Washington

Quebec lawmakers pass law obliging citizens to uncover faces
Legislators in Canada's Quebec province have passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women
5:45PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Former Menendez staffer testifies in his defense at trial
A former staffer for New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has given testimony at his bribery trial that differs from the prosecution's version of events
5:44PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Obama campaigning in Va, NJ, as he returns to political life
Former President Barack Obama returning to political life as he campaigns in New Jersey and Virginia for Democratic gubernatorial candidates
5:42PM ( 35 minutes ago )
House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google
Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media
5:39PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defends President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey
5:32PM ( 45 minutes ago )
Former drug czar nominee Marino defends role in opioid law
President Donald Trump's former nominee to be the nation's drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids
5:20PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts
The Republican-led Senate rejected Democratic attempts to spare health programs for the poor and elderly from cuts, absorbing political hits as the price for advancing a budget plan that's a crucial step in the GOP's drive to rewrite the tax code
5:12PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem
President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem
5:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant
A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion.
5:05PM ( 1 hour ago )
Kentucky seeks big pension changes to stem tide of red ink
Kentucky's Republican leaders say they will close the state's troubled pension system for most new employees, offering them a 401(k)-style plan as they seek to stop the bleeding on one of the country's worst funded public retirement plans
5:04PM ( 1 hour ago )