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  • Judge: Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. […]
  • Missouri governor banks on public backing in not resigning

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Accused of sexual and political misconduct, Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defying calls to resign from top lawmakers in his own party while instead banking on steady support from the voters who backed his populist campaign against “corrupt insiders” and “career politicians.” Greitens’ unwavering bravado toward state lawmakers who […]
  • Parkland parents urge steps to improve school safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents of students who died in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are calling for a range of steps to prevent gun violence, including measures to “harden” schools to minimize attacks and to identify potential shooters before they act. Max Schachter, whose son Alex was among 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas […]
  • Calif. Republican and allies want renewed immigration fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A quiz: If a bipartisan majority of House members wants votes on a subject that gets sky-high public support, why do they seem likely to fail? And why are they pushing it regardless? Here’s some help: It’s the politically loaded issue of helping “Dreamer” immigrants. And it’s an election year. Around 50 […]
  • Baby, c’mon in: Senate allows newborns of members in chamber

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Its passage without objection came despite plenty of concern, some privately aired, among senators of both parties about the threat […]
  • EPA chief sat in coach when not flying on taxpayer’s dime

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren’t footing the bill, despite claims he needed to travel in first class at government expense because of security threats. Copies of Pruitt’s official schedule released this week following a public records […]
  • Justices skeptical of Washington state over salmon habitat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow Washington state to get out from under a court order to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running dispute that pits the state against Indian tribes and the federal government. At issue is whether […]
  • Motion seeks to erase ex-Massey CEO Blankenship’s conviction

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act. A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would […]
  • Melania Trump takes Japan’s first lady to historic mansion

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump might be one of the few not overly awed by a marble-bedecked and gold-plated Gilded Age mansion that she and her Japanese counterpart toured Wednesday. While President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe golfed at the president’s nearby country club, their wives visited Whitehall, […]
  • US warns Turkey of consequences if jailed pastor isn’t freed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned Turkey on Wednesday that it is considering punitive “consequences” if the NATO ally does not throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups. Wess Mitchell, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, said the charges against Andrew Brunson, 50, of North […]
  • HHS secretary back in hospital for bowel condition

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman says U.S. health secretary Alex Azar is back in the hospital for additional treatment and observation. He’s been diagnosed with a painful bowel condition called diverticulitis. Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley says Azar “remains fully engaged with the responsibilities of his job” and is in regular contact […]
  • The Latest: Trump prefers bilateral trade deal with Japan

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (all times local): 7:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he would prefer a bilateral trade deal with Japan instead of rejoining an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade pact. But Trump says if he’s offered “a deal we can’t refuse,” […]
  • Trump slams California governor over US troops at border

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing California’s governor of “trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border.” Democrat Jerry Brown has said he’s nearing agreement on the state joining Trump’s large-scale deployment along the Mexican border. Brown’s office said Tuesday that nothing’s changed since the governor pledged 400 […]
  • Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is attempting to rewrite history on his rationale for firing James Comey as FBI director last year. In a Wednesday morning tweet sent as Comey promotes his criticism-filled new book, Trump says he “was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation.” But in an interview days […]
  • Trump to host Merkel with Iran nuclear deal a pressing issue

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of two European leaders heading to Washington as he mulls the fate of the nuclear deal with Iran. Their April 27 meeting follows French President Emmanuel Macron’s stop in the U.S. capital. The agreement’s future may depend on the success […]
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