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Judge weighs GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 12:02 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge is considering a demand to order the victory of the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race despite an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. A trial judge in the state's capital of Raleigh hears...

Today in History

Jan. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2019. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranch at...

The shutdown today: No signs of progress

Jan. 21, 2019 7:05 PM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW Lawmakers marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with commemorative statements and memorial visits. But there appeared to be no movement on the shutdown front. Instead, Democrats continued to criticize a proposal President Donald Trump...

Prop bets popular for Super Bowl, but NFL wants them gone

Jan. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Many Americans in places where sports betting is legal for the first time are beginning to make wagers on the Super Bowl, including some bets on the performances of individual athletes. But if the National Football League had its way, bets on things like passing touchdowns for...

Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil

Jan. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EST

SAO GONCALO, Brazil (AP) — Fearing for his safety amid rising crime in Latin America's largest nation, Paulo Alberto joined a gun club three years ago and learned to shoot. But he says Brazil's tight carry laws that mean he can't take his gun anywhere but to the club limit his ability to protect himself...

With House, Dems eager to bring DeVos under closer oversight

Jan. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House and its...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

Giuliani: 'So what' if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

Jan. 20, 2019 11:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the possibility that Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen might have discussed Cohen's congressional testimony. But, he added, "so what" if he did? Giuliani told CNN's "State of the Union" that he did not know if...

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

Jan. 20, 2019 9:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago. On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his...

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

Jan. 20, 2019 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse Sunday than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump had offered the previous...