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California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty

May. 23, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer backs the death penalty, a reversal of decades-long support that comes during a primary campaign where her stiffest challenge is from a fellow Democrat who is trying to outflank her with the party's base.  "It became...

The Latest: Clinton says Dems' "bold ideas" will resonate

May. 23, 2018 3:35 PM EDT

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Democratic convention (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Hillary Clinton says the Democratic Party should stick with what she calls its "bold ideas" on education, the environment, health care and equality. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator and...

Senate hopeful Joe Arpaio mum on details of Trump policies

May. 22, 2018 11:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has repeatedly pledged his unwavering support for President Donald Trump, but the divisive retired sheriff is unwilling or unable to elaborate on the president's policies. Arpaio declined at a news conference Tuesday to explain how Trump's earlier plan to...

Sen. Hatch dismisses talk of becoming Australia ambassador

May. 22, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch's staff says the retiring Republican lawmaker has no plans to become the ambassador in Australia despite recent speculation. Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said Tuesday in a statement that the 84-year-old senator hasn't had any conversations about an...

After Senate primary loss, Blankenship tries third-party bid

May. 21, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An undeterred Don Blankenship wants to continue his fight to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. But if he gets the opportunity, it could end up helping Manchin instead. After losing the Republican primary in a distant third place, the convicted ex-coal baron...

Correction: 2018 Midterms-Endorsements story

May. 21, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story May 20 about potential Democratic presidential candidates and their campaign activity in 2018, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to campaign in North Carolina on behalf of a congressional candidate Dan McCready. Biden has...

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

May. 21, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law. Blankenship...

US Sen. Bernie Sanders announces Senate re-election bid

May. 21, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he will run for re-election on an agenda that would prioritize working families. The campaign said Sanders would kick off his re-election bid with a series of rallies across Vermont next month. Sanders, who is among the list of...

The Latest: Professor says Blankenship bid could muddle race

May. 21, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship's announcement that he'll run for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A professor says if Don Blankenship is successful in making the U.S. Senate campaign a three-way race in West Virginia this...

The Latest: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders launches Senate bid

May. 21, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Sanders Re-election (all times local): 4 p.m. Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says health care and infrastructure will be the most important issues in his campaign for re-election. Sanders' campaign announced he will seek a third term Monday. The...