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  • Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices

    5 days, 7 hours ago

    (AP) HOUSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation's busiest state for capital punishment is trying to put to death a convicted killer who's intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the court's ...

  • Trump children's roles blur line between transition, company

    12 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Nearly every morning since their father's stunning victory on Election Day, three of Donald Trump's grown children walk through the Trump Tower lobby and board an elevator. But are Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric going to the ...

  • Gold Star family of slain California soldier booed on flight

    12 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) STOCKTON, Calif. — The father of a California soldier recently killed in Afghanistan says he felt disrespected and hurt by passengers who booed him and his family when they were on a flight to meet his son's remains. Stewart Perry, ...

  • Political risks come with control of Washington for GOP

    13 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — For Republicans, there will be no one left to blame. As they prepare to take control of the White House and both chambers of Congress next year, Republicans are celebrating the opportunity to enact a new agenda for ...

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson on Trump, pot and locker room talk

    1 month, 13 days ago

    (AP) He has climbed Mount Everest with an injured leg, built his own house by hand and served two terms as a Republican governor in New Mexico. Gary Johnson’s next goal? President of the United States. Or, at least make sure ...

  • Kaine defends campaign's respect for religion

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT): 9:45 a.m. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, is defending the campaign's respect for different religions after a leaked email by a Clinton aide suggested that Catholicism is ...

  • Trump belittles accusers as more turn up with sordid stories

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) GREENSBORO, N.C.— Donald Trump acted out onstage an accuser's allegations and suggested another wasn't worthy of his attention the same day two more women came forward with years-old stories of unwanted sexual encounters with the Republican presidential nominee. With eight ...

  • Navy's new destroyer rides like 'a really souped-up' SUV

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) BALTIMORE — What's a ride like in the Navy's largest and most sophisticated new destroyer? Capt. James Kirk compares it to "a really souped-up sport utility vehicle." "It's not like a Ferrari, but it's like a very big SUV that ...

  • Lawmakers vow to override Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

    2 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are vowing to decisively override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who ...

  • New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

    2 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home will culminate as President Barack Obama officially opens the Smithsonian National Museum of African American ...

  • A mystery solved: Where is Scalia buried?

    2 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) FAIRFAX, Va. — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme ...

  • Ahead of fall election, Congress has a lengthy to-do list

    2 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) Congress has a long to-do list when lawmakers return from a seven-week recess Tuesday, but it's unclear if much of it will get done. Presidential politics will hover over all business in the month before lawmakers leave Washington again to ...

  • Sneak peek of new Smithsonian shows rich black history

    3 months, 13 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Lonnie Bunch leans forward to peer inside a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. The dark and cramped interior defies his attempts to showcase the small living space its occupants subsisted on. Bunch flips on the flashlight on ...

  • Key Senate race in Ohio shows increasing promise for GOP

    4 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman announced another endorsement Wednesday from a labor union that had previously backed his Democratic opponent, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. It's the latest in a string of developments that has Republicans increasingly optimistic about keeping ...

  • Kansas tea party congressman loses Republican primary battle

    4 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment since his election to Congress amid the tea party wave of 2010, and his clashes with former House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders helped ...

  • Clinton allies uses Republican words against Trump

    4 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) A new ad supporting Hillary Clinton uses the words of Republican leaders and appointees to make the case that Donald Trump is unfit to lead the United States. The spot is part of an effort by the Democratic nominee and ...

  • Contempt finding thrown out in defense lawyer handcuff case

    4 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) A deputy public defender was cleared Tuesday by a Nevada state court judge of a contempt-of-court finding by a Las Vegas judge who ordered her handcuffed and then sentenced her client to jail for petty theft. The deputy Clark County ...

  • Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

    4 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) SAN DIEGO — Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Veterans and active-duty troops started posting messages on social media ...

  • White House returns to normal operations after lockdown

    6 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) The Secret Service says the White House has returned to normal operations after being placed on lockdown early Monday afternoon. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says someone at about 12:15 p.m. threw a metal object over the north fence along ...

  • Hardly a dog’s life for Obama’s pets Bo and Sunny

    6 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) It's hardly a dog's life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama's pets, Bo and Sunny. The pair of Portuguese water dogs — Bo with his distinctive white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny — are ...

  • Man shot outside White House remains in critical condition

    6 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) A gunman shot by a U.S. Secret Service officer outside the White House remained in critical condition in a Washington hospital Saturday, one day after the shooting, a hospital spokeswoman said. George Washington University Hospital spokeswoman Susan Griffiths would provide ...

  • Pentagon: US airstrike targets Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

    6 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday against Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along ...

  • Kerry in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria, Libya, Yemen

    6 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks on the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen ahead of larger meetings on those crises in Europe this week. Kerry ...

  • New ad takes aim at Joe Heck’s record in state Senate

    7 months ago

    (AP) The pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC is launching a $450,000 television ad buy in Nevada today targeting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Heck’s state legislative record. The ad highlights legislation Heck sponsored as a state senator to repeal excise taxes on ...

  • UNLV law professor nominated for federal judgeship

    7 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) Anne Rachel Traum, a law professor on leave from UNLV, has been nominated to serve as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The White House announced today that Traum was among eight people President ...

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