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Contested races for 2 Nevada Supreme Court seats on ballot

Jan. 18, 2020 2:01 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters will face contested rates for the two state Supreme Court seats up for grabs in 2020. Three candidates filed by Friday's filing deadline for judicial candidates to run for each of the two positions on the state high court the Nevada Appeal reports. Candidates for the...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

Las Cruces native Rick Montoya announces run for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces businessman has entered the contest for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, adding to a list of Republicans looking for a nomination. Rick Montoya, 72, announced his candidacy at Roberto's Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces, Las Cruces Sun News reported Thursday. Montoya is the...

Judge, lawyer, AG's staffer finalists for top Kansas court

Jan. 17, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates' names to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She...

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, talks with Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Jan.17, 2020. Honcharuk earlier submitted his resignation to parliament following a leaked audio recording which suggested he had criticised the president. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation

Jan. 17, 2020 2:20 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy. In a...

Ex-Attorney General Lynch speaking at NC King Day service

Jan. 17, 2020 4:44 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper top the list of notables attending the annual observance by state employees of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lynch was the scheduled keynote speaker at Friday's event at First Baptist...

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he has nominated Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to serve on the Federal Reserve's influential Board of Governors. Shelton is an economic adviser to Trump's campaign who recently served as the U.S. executive director for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Waller is the director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump to nominate Shelton, Waller to Federal Reserve

Jan. 16, 2020 8:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to nominate two people to serve on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, an institution he has repeatedly attacked for not cutting rates deeply enough. Both were first named by Trump on Twitter in July but their nominations hadn't...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles K. Wiggins, second left, speaks as fellow Justices Sheryl Gordon McCloud, left, and Mary E. Fairhurst listen during arguments in Bellevue, Wash. Wiggins, 72, announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, he will retire at the end of March. Wiggins was first elected to the court in 2010. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins to retire

Jan. 16, 2020 7:27 PM EST

Olympia, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins announced Thursday he will retire at the end of March. Wiggins, 72, was first elected to the court in 2010. In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, he wrote that it had been “a tremendous honor” to serve on the court but that he...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

Jan. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast...

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, right, walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

John Roberts likely to play modest role in impeachment trial

Jan. 16, 2020 2:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is likely to play a modest role when he presides over the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in keeping with his frequently repeated insistence that judges are not politicians. Roberts made the short trip from the Supreme Court to the Capitol on...