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Volinsky running for governor, 2nd Democrat in race

Oct. 23, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky announced his campaign for governor Wednesday, becoming the second Democrat to enter the race to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Sununu next year. In his announcement, Volinsky said New Hampshire is a beautiful place to live and work,...

Indonesia president names election rival as defense minister

Oct. 23, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo named his defeated election rival, a former general linked to human rights abuses, as his defense minister Wednesday and added entrepreneurs and technocrats to his Cabinet to address slowing growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy. The lineup...

Democrats' 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton

Oct. 22, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a "Russian asset," mocking President Donald Trump's dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both. Bernie Sanders, who lost the 2016...

Secretary of state nominees differ on expanding early voting

Oct. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two candidates for secretary of state said Monday that they have different ideas about whether Mississippi should change its laws to expand early voting. Under current Mississippi law, absentee voting is limited to people who have a temporary or permanent disability, are at least 65...

Republicans to push for censure of Schiff in probe

Oct. 21, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. A quick...

Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

Oct. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience. Trump acted quickly, just a day after Perry told the president that he would leave by...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...

Energy executive pushed by Perry padded his military record

Oct. 11, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials, according to U.S. veterans who said he scrubbed the false information from online profiles after learning they were investigating...

Former North Carolina Secretary of State Faulkner dies at 87

Oct. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Funeral services are being held this weekend for the first woman to serve as North Carolina's secretary of state. Janice Faulkner died on Tuesday at a retirement community in Greenville at age 87. Sister-in-law Joyce Hardison said on Friday that Faulkner had been in declining health...