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Activist who opposed mosque confirmed to textbook panel

Apr. 12, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An activist known for her fight against the establishment of a mosque in Tennessee a decade ago has drawn state lawmakers' approval to serve on a commission that recommends textbooks and instructional materials for K-12 schools, despite opponents saying she espoused...

US nominates NY lawyer to monitor United Auto Workers union

Apr. 12, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the United Auto Workers union's behavior after a corruption scandal. Appointing an independent monitor is part of a settlement the...

Biden names 2 ex-NSA officials for senior cyber positions

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White House said Monday in moving to fill out a team whose role has grown more urgent after two major hacks that have consumed the...

Montana Supreme Court quashes subpoena of judicial emails

Apr. 12, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has temporarily quashed a legislative subpoena for the state court administrator's emails, which are believed to contain responses to a poll of District Court judges on legislation to give the governor more power in filling judicial vacancies...

Biden nominee Wormuth would be first woman to lead Army

Apr. 12, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Christine Wormuth, a former senior Pentagon official, to be the first woman to lead the Army, the White House said Monday. If confirmed by the Senate as Army secretary, Wormuth would be one of the more powerful...

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president's power

Apr. 11, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. The commission said results from 90% of the polling places showed 79% approval of the...

Hit-and-run crash in Florida kills New York federal judge

Apr. 11, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who claimed she is Harry Potter fatally struck a federal judge visiting from New York and seriously injured a 6-year-old boy after swerving her car onto a sidewalk, officials said. Nastasia Snape, 23, is charged with vehicular...

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitution boosting president's powers

Apr. 10, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan will cast ballots Sunday on whether to approve a new constitution that would substantially increase the president’s powers in this impoverished Central Asian nation. The referendum comes three months after Sadyr Zhaparov was elected...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other...