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Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

Top registry official fired after fatal motorcycle accident

Aug. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The director of the state agency that stopped processing alerts from other states about Massachusetts drivers who had broken traffic laws has been fired. The Registry of Motor Vehicles' Merit Rating Board voted Tuesday to fire Thomas Bowes as director of the rating agency. Troubles at the RMV...

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

Aug. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a longtime...

Governor brings big tech to the table after El Paso attack

Aug. 19, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Monday for the help of big tech platforms in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a gunman who posted a racist screed online before killing 22 people at a Walmart. It's unclear what the invited companies, which include...

California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the fatal police shooting of a young unarmed black man that roiled California's capital city, state lawmakers approved changes to the nation's oldest law governing when officers can use deadly force and it was signed by the governor Monday, though even supporters aren't...

The Latest: Suspect in El Paso attack on suicide watch

Aug. 19, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of an Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The 21-year-old suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people has been placed on suicide watch in jail. El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina...

Nebraska moves all girls out of facility for troubled youth

Aug. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are moving 24 teenage girls out of a state-run facility for female juvenile offenders after learning that many were confined to buildings with fire hazards, holes in the wall and mold and water damage. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the move...

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Aug. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a new secretary of state on Monday after his previous one resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters. The Republican governor announced in a statement that he appointed Texas Workforce Commission Chair...

Latest: Calif. governor signs law to limit police shooting

Aug. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California measure aimed at deterring shootings by police (all times local): 11:45 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a measure aimed at deterring shootings by police. Newsom says the law he approved Monday will reduce the number of lives lost and begin...