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UN urges 'violence-free environment' for Congo elections

Dec. 18, 2018 4:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage. A council statement Tuesday calls on Congo's government to...

Correction: Homeless Count story

Dec. 18, 2018 2:45 PM EST

In a story Dec. 17 about a count of homeless people in the U.S., The Associated Press reported erroneously which tax Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Director Peter Lynn credited for helping reduce homelessness in the 2018 count. Lynn was crediting a Los Angeles city ballot measure that was...

North Carolina GOP wants candidate in Congress despite probe

Dec. 17, 2018 3:39 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans said Monday that they want their candidate in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred by ballot fraud allegations to take his seat in Congress despite acknowledging a replacement election may be required. The state Republican Party and the 9th Congressional...

Indiana mayor won't seek 3rd term, fueling 2020 speculation

Dec. 17, 2018 1:54 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Monday he won't seek a third term, fueling speculation he may run for president in 2020. Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay 36-year-old who gained national attention as he campaigned for Democratic National Committee chairman last year , declined to...

After fraud probe, new primary may replace GOP candidate

Dec. 16, 2018 5:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina's lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. "I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they...

Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote

Dec. 16, 2018 1:41 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai elected a Kremlin-backed candidate for governor Sunday after the results from a previous election were thrown out due to alleged voting fraud. Local election officials said the acting governor of the region, Oleg Kozhemyako, won 61.8...

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

Dec. 15, 2018 3:56 PM EST

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina's Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door that leads to another government office. The...

GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

Dec. 14, 2018 10:30 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The GOP candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said in an interview aired Friday that it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled. Republican Mark Harris confirmed in an...

Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

Dec. 14, 2018 12:06 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part, to...

Florida Senate won't block election chief's suspension

Dec. 13, 2018 6:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday. Brenda Snipes, who had been in charge of elections in...