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Push to ratify ERA launched in Utah, eyed in other states

Dec. 6, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A renewed national push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has come to conservative Utah, where supporters have launched a long-shot bid to become the tipping point state, despite opposition from the influential Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah is one of several...

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Dec. 6, 2019 9:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next...

House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finger pointing and voice hoarse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday delivered a broadside to a reporter that might well apply to all of impeachment-era Washington: “Don't mess with me." It was a warning scarcely needed among the official set, least of all by President Donald...

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

Dec. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state...

Georgia college pays $145,000 to settle anthem protest case

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000 of the...

Text of Pelosi's announcement on articles of impeachment

Dec. 5, 2019 10:31 AM EST

Text of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement on Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Let us begin where our Founders began in 1776: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

Dec. 5, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress' impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats,...

Of founders and findings: What to watch on impeachment

Dec. 4, 2019 10:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled openWednesday's impeachment hearingsagainst the nation’s 45th president, launching the business of actually writing an indictment against Donald...

Virginia city snubs cry to declare it a gun rights sanctuary

Dec. 4, 2019 8:23 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed city council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the U.S....