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Senator, school leader win Wisconsin congressional primary

Feb. 18, 2020 11:18 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker and a school board president won primaries Tuesday to earn the right to run for an open seat in northern Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District once held by a reality TV star. State Sen. Tom Tiffany defeated retired Army Capt. Jason Church in the Republican primary....

Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, arrives to speak at a campaign event at the home of state Senate candidate Richard Hricik in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Klobuchar revisits flub about Mexico's leader

Feb. 18, 2020 10:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Amy Klobuchar is trying to make amends for not being able to name Mexico’s president recently -- but she's still making a small mistake. The Minnesota senator was unable to name Mexican President Andres Manuel...

Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), left, and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), center left, square off in the first Senate primary debate hosted by WGBH News and moderated by Margery Egan and Jim Braude on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the WGBH Studios in Boston, Massachusetts. (Meredith Nierman/WGBH via AP, Pool)

Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy face off in first televised debate

Feb. 18, 2020 9:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, sparred on everything from climate change to gun violence and foreign policy during their first televised debate Tuesday. While the two agreed on many issues, Kennedy argued he is better positioned than...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb. 18, 2020 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Roger Stone on his witness tampering and lying to Congress conviction as President Donald Trump kept up his unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant and said he wouldn’t be quieted on social media even if he's making...

Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) — Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, from left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greet each other before the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to the central challenge of how to talk about the polarizing debate over abortion. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Feb. 18, 2020 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a party that’s shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government’s role in the decision to end a pregnancy....

In this Aug. 11, 2019 photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich exercises outside the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood near Littleton, Colo.President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

A timeline of Blagojevich's political career, criminal case

Feb. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Highlights from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political career and legal saga: — 1993: Blagojevich begins a three-year stint as an Illinois state representative. — 1997: Blagojevich begins a six-year tenure in Congress. — 2002: Blagojevich, billing...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg embraces Hannah Brown at the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus Black History Awards brunch Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters

Feb. 18, 2020 2:32 PM EST

So far, Pete Buttigieg has made it look easy. The once little-known former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city vaulted over a former vice president and several U.S. senators in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary. The 38-year-old's fresh face, intellect and turn-the-page message won votes...

Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Feb. 17, 2020 7:46 PM EST

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000...

Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy to face off in first televised debate

Feb. 17, 2020 3:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, are planning to face off in their first televised debate. WGBH News will host the hour-long debate Tuesday at 7 p.m. and also will stream it online. The race is pitting two well-known politicians against...