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Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Jan. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three Democratic presidential electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge to support their party's nominee. The three agreed to support Hillary Clinton in the...

Judge rejects GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren't grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. Superior Court Judge...

Panel votes down Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia

Jan. 22, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Efforts to make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment encountered a setback Tuesday following a subcommittee vote in the state's Republican-controlled Legislature. The nation's supporters of the gender-equality amendment have been hoping this increasingly blue state will approve the ERA at...

Harris Wofford, activist who served in Senate, dies at 92

Jan. 22, 2019 1:47 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, a longtime civil rights activist who helped persuade John F. Kennedy to make a crucial phone call to the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960 presidential campaign, has died. He was 92. Wofford died in the hospital late Monday night...

DeSantis picks Trump administration official for high court

Jan. 22, 2019 1:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cementing his push to remake the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed a top official from the administration of President Donald Trump for the final spot that remained open on the state's most important court. DeSantis picked Carlos Muniz, who...

Bolivia's Morales marks 13 years in power, seeks new term

Jan. 22, 2019 1:31 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated his 13 years in office on Tuesday amid controversy over whether he should be allowed to run again for the presidency. Last year, Bolivia's top electoral court accepted Morales' candidacy for a fourth term despite a constitutional ban and...

The Latest: Judge rejects deciding disputed N Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 1:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized while an absentee ballot fraud investigation continues (all times local): 1:10 p.m. A North Carolina judge says there aren't grounds to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the...

Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up

Jan. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Jan. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal...

Model who said she had dirt on Russian oligarch walks free

Jan. 22, 2019 9:21 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Belarusian model and self-styled sex instructor who last year claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been released from detention pending trial. Anastasia Vashukevich, who also goes by the name Nastya Rybka, was arrested last February in...