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  • Sneak peek of new Smithsonian shows rich black history

    9 days, 4 hours 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

    27 days, 1 hour 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

    27 days, 1 hour 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

    27 days, 1 hour 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

    27 days, 19 hours 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

    1 month, 11 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

    3 months, 2 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

    3 months, 2 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

    3 months, 10 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

    3 months, 10 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

    3 months, 17 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

    3 months, 26 days 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

    4 months, 3 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 ...

  • Feds deciding if coal-export project violates tribal rights

    4 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state. Now, the tribe says a proposed $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal threatens ...

  • Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria

    4 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) AERZEN, Germany — President Barack Obama has decided to send up to 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group. That's the word from a senior administration official who says Obama would announce his ...

  • White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry

    4 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part of a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 that may shed light on possible Saudi connections to the attackers. The documents, kept in a secure room in ...

  • Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

    4 months, 11 days ago

    (AP) CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted ...

  • Sotomayor: U.S. high court needs more diversity in many ways

    4 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nation's highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court's makeup. During a talk Friday at Brooklyn ...

  • After Iraq, Kerry confronts similar problems in Afghanistan

    4 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a brief stop Saturday in Afghanistan would help promote cooperation from a would-be "unity" government that has proved largely incapable of running the country less than two years after ...

  • Nevada settles lawsuit over registering low-income voters

    5 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) Voting rights advocates and the state of Nevada settled a lawsuit today over the state’s implementation of a federal law aimed at registering low-income voters. Under terms of the settlement, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services will provide ...

  • Obama launches ‘take your child to the lab’ week

    6 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is launching a version of "take your child to work day" that's focused on America's science laboratories instead of its corporate workspaces. It's part of Obama's effort to encourage young people, especially girls and minorities, ...

  • U.S. senator wants government to set airline seat-size rules

    6 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines." The New York Democrat told The Associated ...

  • Trump: No ‘bombshell’ in tax returns; release pending until audits complete

    6 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is sticking to his new explanation for why he can't yet release copies of his recent tax returns: The IRS is auditing him, as Trump says it has for the past 12 years. "No lawyer would ...

  • Group hopes to drum up support at caucuses for rooftop solar referendum

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) A group pursuing a referendum to lower energy bills for rooftop solar customers plans to circulate petitions at the upcoming Democratic and Republican caucuses. About 800 volunteers with the Bring Back Solar Alliance are expected at Democratic caucus sites Saturday. ...

  • Supreme Court vacancy is tangible test for 2016 candidates

    6 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Scalia’s death in office a rarity for modern Supreme Court","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2016/feb/15/scalias-death-in-office-a-rarity-for-modern-suprem/"},{"text":"Scalia’s death means loss of key vote in divided cases","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2016/feb/15/scalias-death-means-loss-of-key-vote-in-divided-ca/"},{"text":"Who Obama might nominate to replace Scalia on Supreme Court","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2016/feb/15/who-obama-might-nominate-to-replace-scalia-on-supr/"}] The presidential election just got real. The unexpected death of Supreme Court ...

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