Latest Executive branch News

About that photo: Trump, Pelosi clash amid impeachment

Oct. 17, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted it as evidence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weakness. Pelosi raised it as a banner of strength. The dramatic official White House photograph shows Pelosi standing and pointing at the seated president across the Cabinet Room table. Although the two are...

California earthquake alerts to become available statewide

Oct. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available throughout California for the first time this week, potentially giving people time to protect themselves from harm, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday. The nation's first statewide quake warning system...

Sexual harassment findings increase in Iowa executive branch

Oct. 16, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The number of known cases of sexual harassment committed by employees in Iowa's executive branch spiked last year after responsibility for conducting investigations was shifted to a central agency. The increase may be welcome news for advocates for sexual harassment victims, who had...

Records: Taxpayers paid $18k for Murphy staffers' India trip

Oct. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey taxpayers were billed about $18,000 for government officials' recent trip to India despite Gov. Phil Murphy's office's earlier statements that a privately funded group would pay for the visit, according to records obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Payment vouchers...

Kentucky lawmakers offer bills to strengthen ethics laws

Oct. 15, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky have unveiled proposals that would strengthen executive branch ethics and election laws. One bill would increase reporting of state resources used for personal or political reasons. Rep. Angie Hatton says news reports about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's...

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

Governor backs Iowa HR leader, says résumé error was minor

Oct. 10, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday backed the new leader of Iowa's human resources agency, saying he made an honest error when he misstated what his department does on his résumé. Reynolds told reporters that "people make mistakes" on their résumés, and that...

Board of Health approves ban on flavored vaping products

Oct. 9, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state on Wednesday formally adopted a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over a lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people. The vote by the state Board of Health came two weeks after Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive...

Official: Oregon's fees on public records requests too high

Oct. 9, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fees charged by the state of Oregon and local governments for public records requests are high and wildly uneven, creating a barrier for journalists and citizens seeking documents, Oregon's first public records advocate said Wednesday. Ginger McCall, who leaves her job Friday after her...