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President Donald Trump returns to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, from a campaign trip to Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump heading to Switzerland as impeachment trial reconvenes

Jan. 20, 2020 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial is called to order in the Senate this week, he won’t be watching from inside the chamber or on television from the White House. He'll be thousands of miles away at the Davos economic forum in the Swiss Alps, trying to...

Cuomo set to announce special election despite legal fight

Jan. 20, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to set an April 28 special election — the same day as the state's presidential primary — to fill a congressional seat left vacant by a western New York Republican who has since been convicted of insider trading. Republican leaders have...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019 file photo, Colombia's army commander, Gen. Nicacio Martinez, from left, new Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, President Ivan Duque and Armed Forces Commander Gen. Luis Fernando Navarro, review troops during a military ceremony in Bogota, Colombia. In an article published last Sunday, Semana magazine interviewed members of an elite military intelligence unit who say their superiors ordered them to use software and equipment purchased for spying on terrorist groups, to eavesdrop on high-ranking members of the opposition and on a judge who was overseeing a witness tampering case involving former president Alvaro Uribe. The magazine claims that knowledge of the espionage scandal within some sectors of the government forced the commander of Colombia's army General Nicacio Martinez to resign. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Colombian senators seek protection after surveillance report

Jan. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies. But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have...

Illinois House speaker's recent legal fees totaled $445,000

Jan. 18, 2020 9:18 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' powerful House speaker spent nearly half a million dollars in campaign contributions on legal fees in the last three months of 2019, records show. Of the $445,000 that Democrat Michael Madigan's campaign spent on legal fees, $275,000 was for a settlement with a former campaign...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Jan. 18, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will...

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, talks with Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Jan.17, 2020. Honcharuk earlier submitted his resignation to parliament following a leaked audio recording which suggested he had criticised the president. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation

Jan. 17, 2020 2:20 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy. In a...

FILE - In this March 1, 2008 file photo, former Rep. Kweisi Mfume talks to volunteers as they prepare to canvas Cincinnati neighborhoods for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Cincinnati. As the former NAACP leader seeks to regain a congressional seat he once held, The Baltimore Sun reports that records show he left the civil rights organization amid concerns about sexual harassment and other issues. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)

Records: Congress candidate Mfume left NAACP under a cloud

Jan. 17, 2020 12:16 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — As former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume seeks to regain a congressional seat he once held, The Baltimore Sun reports that records show he left the civil rights organization amid concerns about sexual harassment and other issues. The newspaper found records showing the group's executive...

Idaho House expels member convicted of fraud by Texas jury

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The House voted 65-0 to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. It is the first ever expulsion from the Idaho Legislature, state...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, speaks after a news conference at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The lawmaker apologized Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, a day after telling a young female reporter that a group of high school boys could

Michigan Senate may not release details of harassment probe

Jan. 16, 2020 8:26 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate will not release a report from a pending sexual harassment probe of a male lawmaker who told a young reporter that high school boys visiting the Capitol could have “fun” with her, a spokeswoman for the state Senate's majority leader said Thursday. The...

Idaho lawmaker won't resign following conviction in Texas

Jan. 15, 2020 6:47 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A member of the Idaho House of Representatives said Wednesday he won't resign following his conviction in Texas of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls said he plans to be back in the Idaho Statehouse on Monday to represent his northern...