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The Latest: Sudan army, protesters ink final transition deal

Aug. 17, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Sudan's transition to civilian rule (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Sudan's army and the country's pro-democracy movement have signed a final power-sharing deal at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum. Saturday's agreement paves the way for a transition to civilian rule following the...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

Appeals court expands minor leaguers salary lawsuit

Aug. 16, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has expanded a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging they are being paid less than minimum wage. Players sued major league teams in February 2014, claiming most earn less than $7,500 annually in violation of several laws. Magistrate Judge Joseph C....

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

AP Interview: Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As a child, Puerto Rico's newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as a district attorney and justice secretary, Wanda Vázquez finds herself...

Even as some cringe, Rep. Steve King's support may endure

Aug. 15, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing...

Kentucky political feud bursts into public ahead of election

Aug. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A feud at the top of Kentucky's government escalated into an extraordinary legal battle Thursday when the governor was sued by his hand-picked lieutenant governor over a bitter staffing dispute. The fight erupted deep into Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection efforts and muddied his...

Trump nominates law professor for judicial vacancy

Aug. 15, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the nation's longest federal judiciary vacancy. Trump nominated Richard E. Myers on Wednesday to be a trial judge in the Eastern District of North...

Correction: Prison Recordings story

Aug. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about an investigation into the use by prosecutors of prison recordings, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the special master appointed by the judge. The special master was David Cohen, not Steve Clymer who defended the U.S. attorney's office. A...

Czech president nixes Cabinet nominee; move could fold govt

Aug. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president refused to appoint a candidate for a Cabinet post Wednesday, deepening a political crisis that could cause the country's coalition government to fall. Prime Minister Andrej Babis nominated the candidate to replace the culture minister he asked to have removed in May at the...