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Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who was nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court by Gov. Phil Murphy, speaks during a news conference Friday, June 5, 2020, in Trenton, N.J. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool)

Murphy to name first black woman to state's Supreme Court

Jun. 5, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday he would nominate Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the state Supreme Court. She would be the first black woman to hold the post, if confirmed. Pierre-Louis would succeed Walter Timpone, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in November. She is...

New Mexico governor to appoint racial justice czar

Jun. 4, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is looking for policy fixes to prevent police violence in the wake of anti-racism and police reform protests that have swept across the nation and dotted her state. In a conversation with members of a yet-to-be-finalized council on racial justice,...

In this May 11, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump points to a question as he speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump has many targets in his war against the media but perhaps none more surprising than the Voice of America, the venerable U.S.-government funded institution created during WWII and expanded during the Cold War to broadcast independent news and promote democracy and American values to the world. In a series of attacks, Trump and his supporters have accused the outlet of “disgraceful” reporting. They're now pushing hard to install their choice to run the agency that oversees VOA and its affiliates. That battle is about to hit Congress, where partisan lines have already been drawn over fears the administration wants to turn them into Trump propaganda machines. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

Jun. 4, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House. Despite significant Democratic...

Judge Justin Walker is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Walker's nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Senate panel advances McConnell ally for DC appeals court

Jun. 4, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a 38-year-old judge and ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on a federal appeals court, despite Democrats’ objections that he’s inexperienced and biased against the Obama health care law. The...

Indiana Democratic chairman fails in state Senate bid

Jun. 4, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington-area voters overwhelmingly picked a former congressional candidate over the Indiana Democratic Party chairman for a state Senate seat nomination. Unofficial returns released from Tuesday’s primary election show Shelli Yoder received 80% of the vote in the...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are facing a reckoning as they contend with some divisive candidates during the country's struggle through civic unrest. “He’s driving away moderate Republicans and independents en masse,” Flake, who retired last year after clashing with Trump, said in an interview Wednesday, June 3, 2020. “For Republicans who need to appeal to a broader base, it’s devastating.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party's...

Kentucky man arraigned in slayings of 2 women

Jun. 4, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with killing two woman has been arraigned in Warren Circuit Court. Juan Paulo Flores-Jarada, 38, appeared in court Monday in the deaths of Deloris Hampton-Stacker, 62, and Karen L. Burks, 53, the Daily News reported. Police found their bodies Dec. 11, 2018,...

Republican-led Senate rejects Democrat Kelly's court nominee

Jun. 3, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has rejected Gov. Laura Kelly's latest nominee for the state Court of Appeals. The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday rejected Democrat Kelly’s nomination of Carl Folsom III, a longtime state and federal public defender, largely because he represented a man...

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sworn in before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Rosenstein says he wouldn't approve Russia warrant now

Jun. 3, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed. Rosenstein's...

Virus case count surges as 40 new Arizona deaths reported

Jun. 3, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials reported nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday amid a recent surge in hospitalizations, a little over two weeks after Gov. Doug Ducey ended his stay-at-home order. The surge of new cases of COVID-19 is a troubling sign for former state health director Will...