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India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

Aug. 16, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical...

California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

Aug. 16, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein's friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. James Farris III died; Jason Holland testified that he...

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Aug. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news...

GOP candidate runs for multiple offices to preserve spots

Aug. 16, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A perennial political candidate secured the Republican nomination to run for at least five offices, including the U.S. House, in a strategy to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects in the largely Democratic state. In Tuesday's primary, H. Brooke Paige, a...

FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

Aug. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, said Thursday that a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel that Don McGahn, the White House counsel,...

Georgia's Kemp wants verifiable voting, but not right away

Aug. 16, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp says Georgia's aging electronic voting machines should be replaced, coming around to a position critics say he's resisted for eight years as the state's top elections official. There's just one thing — Kemp says it can't be done in time for...

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Aug. 16, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven...

Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Aug. 16, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse...

Where White House touts a boom, most economists see a blip

Aug. 16, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say? Or, as the Trump administration insists, is the economy on the cusp of an explosive boom that will reward Americans and defy those expectations? On Thursday, President Donald Trump's...

Senate confirms more Trump judges

Aug. 16, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans. The Senate on Thursday confirmed two more of Trump's nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been...