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  • Judge won’t dismiss ‘Apprentice’ contestant suit vs. Trump

    NEW YORK (AP) — Saying no one is above the law, a New York state judge refused to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by a former contestant on “The Apprentice.” Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled Tuesday that Summer Zervos’ lawsuit can proceed. Lawyers for the president had asked that the […]
  • South Carolina bill to lengthen gun background checks stalls

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill filed in South Carolina to lengthen background checks after one failed to prevent the sale of a gun to the man who killed nine people in a Charleston church in 2015 has stalled. The Senate Judiciary Committee decided not to vote Tuesday on a bill dealing with the so-called […]
  • Inmate accused of getting bogus tax refunds from behind bars

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man recently released from federal prison has been rearrested in Louisiana on charges he fraudulently obtained more than $171,000 in tax refunds, mostly while he was incarcerated. The state Department of Revenue said in a news release Tuesday that 39-year-old John Michael McConnell was arrested Friday on charges of […]
  • Judge harshly criticizes Kobach during contempt hearing

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge blasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for ignoring her order to notify thousands of Kansas citizens that they were eligible to vote while litigation over a state voting law is underway. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson criticized Kobach Tuesday during a hearing to determine if he […]
  • Mandated study of Dakota Access line to miss completion goal

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials say it will take more time than expected to finish additional environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Federal Judge James Boasberg last summer ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to further review the pipeline’s impact on American Indian interests. The Corps last October said it would finish […]
  • McCain daughter with her dad: ‘No place I would rather be’

    SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Meghan McCain has posted a photo on social media of her with her father, Sen. John McCain, saying there’s “no place I would rather be.” The photo posted Sunday on Twitter shows Meghan McCain and her father wearing warm clothing on what appears to be a patio. The 81-year-old Arizona Republican […]
  • Turkey: Ship to drill soon for gas in sea near Cyprus

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says the country’s new drillship will “very soon” begin exploratory drilling in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in response to an offshore gas search by the government of ethnically divided Cyprus. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would work with the breakaway Turkish side of Cyprus in the […]
  • Defense in Pulse shooting trial centers on FBI agent’s words

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the federal trial of the Pulse nightclub gunman’s widow on Tuesday got a look inside his Florida condo through crime scene photos taken as FBI agents searched the home. They also saw some of her husband Omar Mateen’s web browsing history, including thumbnails of propaganda and beheading videos created […]
  • New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and a private tour of the Vatican. The known cost of Pruitt’s previously reported trip grew this week after the agency disclosed a heavily censored […]
  • DeVos: School safety panel will have 4 Cabinet secretaries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says a federal commission on school safety being formed in the aftermath of the tragic Florida school shooting will consist of her and three other Cabinet secretaries. DeVos told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the body will include the secretaries of Homeland Security, Health and Human […]