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Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Oklahomans launch new petition to reduce prison population

Nov. 12, 2019 6:41 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Days after more than 450 Oklahoma inmates walked out of prison in the nation's largest single-day prisoner release, a group that championed that effort launched a new initiative Tuesday aimed at further reducing the state's high incarceration rate. The bipartisan group of business,...

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes as president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:35 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of the Bolivian capital Tuesday evening after an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president following the resignation of Evo Morales. Jeanine Añez assumed temporary control of the Senate late in the day,...

Risks for all sides as Trump impeachment hearings swing open

Nov. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open. When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald...

Probe: Contact between Trump adviser and gerrymandering guru

Nov. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EST

House Democrats investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census said Tuesday they've found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans. Trump...

Opposition leader in Bolivia's Senate declares herself the country's interim president after resignation of Evo Morales

Nov. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EST
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Opposition leader in Bolivia's Senate declares herself the country's interim president after resignation of Evo Morales.

The Latest: Bolivia Senate leader declares herself president

Nov. 12, 2019 6:08 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on Bolivia's political turmoil (all times local): 7 p.m. An opposition leader in Bolivia's Senate has declared herself the country's interim president after the resignation of Evo Morales. The 52-year-old Jeanine Añez took temporary control of the Senate late Tuesday,...