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This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

12-year sentence for jail phone is 'failure,' justice says

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that...

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

The Latest: Inhofe off on family matter for Trump trial open

Jan. 16, 2020 3:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's impeachment (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The Senate is one man short on the opening day of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Republican James Inhofe is back in Oklahoma “to be with a family member facing a medical issue," his office...

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...

El Salvador asks Interpol to help detain ex-congress chief

Jan. 16, 2020 1:41 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A judge in El Salvador asked Interpol to issue a red note detention order for Sigfrido Reyes, the former president of the country’s congress, and three other people on corruption allegations. The press office for the court in San Salvador confirmed Thursday that the...

Impeachment managers, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., together with House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson leave the Senate after delivering the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Others are Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democratic impeachment managers will need some GOP help

Jan. 16, 2020 12:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The managers chosen to prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump will make their case to all 100 senators. But to get the trial they want, they need just four Republicans. The House Democrats presenting the case at trial face the unique challenge of persuading a...

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson carry the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Following are impeachment managers, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) , Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House leaders march Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

Jan. 15, 2020 10:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late Wednesday, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history. Trump complained anew it was all...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., leaves a lengthy closed-door meeting with the Democratic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Speaker Pelosi is expected to appoint House impeachment managers and transmit the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — by the end of the week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi sets Wednesday votes to send impeachment to Senate

Jan. 14, 2020 7:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the next steps after...

Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen speaks to opponents of Arizona's current sex education laws at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Allen conceded that her proposal to ban instruction before 7th grade and tighten parental notification requirements was going nowhere but vowed to keep trying. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona bill banning sex ed before 7th grade going nowhere

Jan. 14, 2020 7:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative Arizona Republican senator who was pushing a contentious proposal that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before the 7th grade and create new requirements for the subject conceded Tuesday that her proposal stood no chance of advancing. Sen. Sylvia Allen...

Work begins on new cap and trade bill for Oregon

Jan. 14, 2020 3:00 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A climate change bill that could dominate the 2020 Oregon legislative session got its first public hearing as lawmakers try to find a compromise on an issue that led to GOP senators walking out of the Capitol last year. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the bill to implement a so-called...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 1998 file photo, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton watches President Clinton pause as he thanks those Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against impeachment at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Impeachment then and now, as Senate steeped in partisanship

Jan. 14, 2020 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's every chance that the impeachment trial of Donald Trump will look much like Bill Clinton's did 21 years ago. There's little chance the Senate will take the same path to get there. The third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history is expected to start this week on a...