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Tighter regulations could take bite out of Airbnb profits

Aug. 15, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities. At a Manhattan news conference,...

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Aug. 15, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy...

US House rivals in Ohio deadlocked, but regrouping for fall

Aug. 15, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's rare that two candidates for a coveted open congressional seat get a do-over. But for campaigns, party strategists and outside groups, that's what back-to-back contests for central Ohio's sprawling 12th District seem to make possible. The race for former Republican U.S. Rep. Pat...

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

Aug. 15, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof of...

Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump

Aug. 15, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be resisting...

Schoolteacher upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

Aug. 15, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A schoolteacher who campaigned on improving education defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in Tuesday's primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County. LaKeshia Myers upset state Rep. Fred Kessler by 23 percentage points in the 12th Assembly...

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

Aug. 15, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security...

Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

Aug. 15, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black...

Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Aug. 15, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin's top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control. Both Republicans are closely tied to President Donald Trump,...

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

Aug. 15, 2018 4:57 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP Gov. Phil...