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Unions in court over laws limiting Wisconsin governor, AG

Mar. 25, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Union attorneys and Gov. Tony Evers' lawyers worked Monday to convince a judge to block laws Republicans passed during a lame-duck legislative session that weakened Evers' and the attorney general's powers, hoping to build on their momentum after a separate court enjoined the...

Latest: Decision on blocking lame-duck laws within 24 hours

Mar. 25, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on challenges to Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers (all times local): 12:45 a.m. A judge says he'll issue a decision on whether to block laws Republicans passed during a lame-duck legislative...

Trump declares victory now but legal perils far from over

Mar. 25, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be reveling in what he sees as "complete and total exoneration" from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but his legal perils are far from over. Federal and state investigators in New York are deep into investigations of their own into Trump and those...

UK's May asks a wary EU to delay Brexit until June 30

Mar. 20, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May hit the pause button Wednesday, asking the bloc to postpone the U.K.'s departure until June 30. EU leaders, who are exasperated by...

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperate

Mar. 15, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with "several ongoing investigations," prosecutors said in a court filing Friday. Gates is a central figure in special counsel...

12 GOP senators join Dems to block Trump border declaration

Mar. 14, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats Thursday and voted to block President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency on the southwest border. Trump has vowed to veto the Democratic measure, which the House passed last month in a bid to stymie Trump's efforts to spend billions...

Ex-Interior chief Zinke cleared of illegal politicking

Mar. 13, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't engage in illegal political activity when he went to Pennsylvania about a year ago to announce federal grants shortly before a special House election. The Office of Special Counsel released its finding this week...

Afghan officials: Taliban kill 13 troops in country's west

Mar. 12, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents overran several army checkpoints and killed at least 13 Afghan soldiers in battles that raged for three days in western Badghis province, provincial officials said Tuesday. Jamshid Shahabi, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the fate of a dozen other...

Leaders invite NATO secretary-general to address Congress

Mar. 11, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In defiance of President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance. Pelosi, in rare agreement with Republicans, extended the...