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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, ballots are counted at the Allegheny County Election Division warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, which would set federal election standards. The For the People Act would require states to offer early voting, same-day registration and the option of absentee voting for all registered voters. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Democrats make federal election standards a top priority

Jan. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous post-election period and deadly riot at the Capitol. States have long had disparate and contradictory...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y, takes the elevator in the U.S. Capitol , Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8

Jan. 22, 2021 7:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump over the Capitol riot will begin the week of Feb. 8, the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule Friday evening after reaching...

Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, makes her way into the Louisiana State Archives to sign up to run for the 5th District seat on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Luke Letlow won a December election for the congressional seat but died of COVID-19 complications in December, before he could be sworn into office. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Louisiana congressional candidate registration period ends

Jan. 22, 2021 7:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than two dozen candidates vying to be Louisiana's newest U.S. House members registered by Friday's deadline to run in the March 20 special election to fill the two vacant congressional seats. Thirteen contenders filed paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 5th District seat...

A look at Louisiana candidates signed up for March election

Jan. 22, 2021 5:46 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The sign-up period for the March 20 election ended Friday. The ballot includes two special elections for U.S. House seats and a special election for a state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat. The candidates who qualified are: U.S. HOUSE, 2nd DISTRICT: Chelsea Ardoin,...

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., speaks during a news conference with members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP lawmaker with gun sets off House chamber metal detector

Jan. 22, 2021 4:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was blocked from entering the House chamber after setting off a metal detector while apparently carrying a concealed gun. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metal detector while trying to enter the chamber...

Judge in still-undecided House race to rule on 1,200 ballots

Jan. 22, 2021 4:13 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge in upstate New York said Friday he plans to soon weigh in on the fate of 1,100 challenged affidavit ballots that could determine the winner of the nation’s last undecided U.S. House race. Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Republican, had a 29-vote lead over the...

FILE - Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.   On Friday, Jan. 22, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming Kamala Harris put her hand on a purse instead of a Bible during her swearing in.  (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen last week

Jan. 22, 2021 2:08 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Troops facing away from Biden motorcade were watching for security threats...

Nye County Deputy District Attorney Don Chairez dies at 65

Jan. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nye County Deputy District Attorney Don Chairez, a former Clark County judge who left the bench to run unsuccessfully for Congress, has died. He was 65. Chairez died Thursday from COVID-19 complications, the Nye County District Attorney's Office said. The office said Chairez joined its...

The sunsets as people arrive to vote at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Ironton, Louisiana for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

Latest Louisiana COVID-19 emergency elections plan approved

Jan. 21, 2021 8:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will continue to use an expanded version of absentee-by-mail voting for the upcoming spring elections that will fill two U.S. House seats, under a coronavirus emergency plan that won bipartisan approval from lawmakers Thursday. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, already...

On the first full day of the new Democratic majority in the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican, walks to the chamber for the start of business as the minority leader, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. There is now a 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats, but with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker, the majority shifts by the slimmest of margins. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell seeks to push Trump impeachment trial to February

Jan. 21, 2021 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump's impeachment trial to February to give the former president time to prepare and review his case. House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot...