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Despite GOP claim, few valid voter fraud claims in Wisconsin

Jan. 24, 2021 5:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Donald Trump continued to falsely claim in December that massive fraud and other voting irregularities had cost him a second term, top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature said they were reviewing thousands of complaints about the election. But the majority of them were...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., thanks her volunteers and staff at her victory party in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Hyde-Smith beat Democrat Mike Espy and Libertarian Jimmy Edwards. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Transition turmoil splits Mississippi delegation

Jan. 24, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi won a 2018 special election and a 2020 regular election by making a single overarching promise — to support President Donald Trump. She stuck with Trump even as he made unfounded claims about the November election that he...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his

How Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' helped form US holiday

Jan. 24, 2021 4:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the summer of 1979, Stevie Wonder called Coretta Scott King to tell her about a dream he had. “I said to her, you know, ‘I had a dream about this song. And I imagined in this dream I was doing this song. We were marching, too, with petition signs to make for Dr....

Utah Capitol to reopen after closure due to protest concerns

Jan. 24, 2021 4:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Capitol building is set to reopen to the public after being closed for the first four days of the Legislative session due to concerns about potential protests following the deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol. Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said Friday that public input...

Workers erect scaffolding at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. A new phase of building repairs has started to replace mortar on the walls of the House and Senate chambers. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: New repair work, more needed at Louisiana Capitol

Jan. 24, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Capitol cost $5 million to complete nearly 90 years ago, but its ongoing repair needs total tens of millions of dollars today, little of which has been earmarked for the upkeep project to ensure the historic Art Deco building can remain the seat of government for...

Israel's struggling Labor party chooses new leader

Jan. 24, 2021 3:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Labor Party on Sunday chose Merav Michaeli, a veteran lawmaker and former journalist, as its new leader ahead of March elections. Michaeli, 54, faces a difficult task as she tries to revive the fortunes of the iconic party. Labor guided Israel to independence in 1948 and led the...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent rioters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington. The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Growing number of GOP senators oppose impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2021 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial, a sign of the dimming chances that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats, who will walk the impeachment charge of...

A passenger wears a face mask to protect from coronavirus in the departure hall in Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus COVID-19. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel was closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

Jan. 24, 2021 2:19 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights, while Israeli police clashed with ultra-Orthodox protesters in several major cities and the government raced to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Jan. 24, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law went into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the...

Burundi ruling party selects hardliner as secretary-general

Jan. 24, 2021 12:26 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party has selected as the former president of the country's senate to be the new secretary-general. Reverien Ndikuriyo was picked Sunday by the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy, known by...