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Koch group spends $1.8 million in ads for Wisconsin's Walker

Aug. 21, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is launching a $1.8 million ad buy for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced the TV, cable and digital ad buy on Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of seven-figure ad buys in the...

Silicon Valley vet to head women's advocacy group Catalyst

Aug. 20, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Silicon Valley CEO is taking the helm of a prominent organization dedicated to the promotion of women in the workplace, saying the #MeToo era is a "fantastic time" to champion gender equality. Lorraine Hariton becomes CEO of the group Catalyst at time when sexual misconduct...

Doctor convicted of sexual assault of patient gets probation

Aug. 19, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston doctor convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while she was tethered to machines and receiving treatment for asthma won't serve any prison time and will instead serve 10 years' probation. The punishment has surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and...

Israeli questioning of US Jews at border exposes deeper rift

Aug. 19, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Simone Zimmerman arrived at the check-in window at the Israeli border with Egypt, it didn't take long for the young activist to run into trouble. Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an...

UK's right-wing Farage vows to end Brexit 'sell-out'

Aug. 18, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In Britain, there is a growing sense of Brexit deja vu. Two years after the country voted to leave the European Union, emotional arguments about membership in the bloc are raging as fiercely as they did during the 2016 referendum. With seven months until Britain officially leaves the bloc,...

Fathers back in Texas immigration lockup after 'disturbance'

Aug. 17, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) — An advocacy group says 16 men temporarily transferred out of a Texas family immigration detention center have been returned following what federal authorities called a "disturbance." During a conference call Friday, the group Raices Texas said 16 of its clients were handcuffed...

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

Aug. 14, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three people on Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program sued the Trump administration on Tuesday seeking to block a newly implemented rule in the state that would drop coverage for them and thousands of others if they don't work 80 hours a month. The federal lawsuit filed in Washington...

$3.9B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony

Aug. 9, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News. Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages,...

Gay, Native American Democrat busts candidate mold in Kansas

Aug. 8, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas added her name Wednesday to her party's increasingly diverse slate of candidates advancing to the November ballot. Davids, who would be the first gay, Native American elected to Congress, narrowly won a six-way primary in her eastern Kansas district,...

California's border wall challenge hinges on jurisdiction

Aug. 7, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A legal challenge to the Trump administration's planned border wall Tuesday hinged on whether the state of California and environmental groups can even fight such a project in lower courts. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struggled with a law that gave...