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Gaetz faces probe by House ethics over potential misconduct

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct by the Florida Republican, the panel's leaders said Friday. The deepening of the scrutiny of the congressman comes as Gaetz has...

Bowing to Trump? GOP brings leaders, donors to his backyard

Apr. 09, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There will be no reckoning at the Republican National Committee. Three months after former President Donald Trump helped incite a violent attack against Congress, the GOP is bringing hundreds of donors and several future presidential prospects to...

Biden's ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

Apr. 09, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 09, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Apr. 09, 2021 15:26 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...

Policy changes help drive US migrant crossings to new highs

Apr. 09, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Paying a smuggler, Edgar Mejia could afford to take only one child with him to the United States. He chose his 3-year-old “warrior” son, leaving his 7- and 12-year-olds with their mother in Honduras. “Pitifully, I had use him like a...

'New strategy': Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

Apr. 09, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mere whiff of a scandal once unraveled political careers with stunning speed. Not anymore. Suddenly embroiled in a federal sex trafficking investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has denied the allegations, rebuffed suggestions that he resign and...

AP Interview: Stacey Abrams on voting rights, her next move

Apr. 09, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is at the forefront of the partisan fight over voting rights and election law. The Associated Press sat down this week with Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 and a leading voice on ballot access, to talk about a...

NRA trial opens window on secretive leader's life and work

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Wayne LaPierre flies exclusively on private jets, he sailed around the Bahamas for “security” and he never sends emails or texts in the course of his work running the nation's most politically influential gun-rights group. LaPierre's testimony this...

Caitlyn Jenner considers run for California governor

Apr. 09, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner has been an Olympic hero, a reality TV personality and a transgender rights activist. Her next step could be candidate for California governor. The 71-year-old longtime Republican has been consulting with GOP advisers as she considers...

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Ethics panel probing misconduct claim against NY Republican

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee announced Friday that it is investigating sexual misconduct allegations involving Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York, who had announced he would not be seeking re-election after the allegations first surfaced last month. ...

Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The venue had been booked. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a rising GOP star with an eye long set on higher office, was about to announce his run for U.S. Senate. But then scandal brought his political aspirations crashing down. ...

NTSB investigates death at railroad Missouri train facility

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the death of a BNSF employee in northeast Missouri. Buddy Strieker, 56, of Hannibal, died Wednesday at the railroad's customer facility in Louisiana, Missouri. The railroad said Strieker...

FEMA to open coronavirus vaccination center in Tulsa

Apr. 09, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The White House and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that a mega coronavirus vaccination center will open in north Tulsa, offering up to 21,000 shots per week. The center will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in...

The Latest: Ex-Greek king calls Philip 'remarkable man'

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ___ ATHENS, Greece -- The former King of Greece says Prince Philip, his relative, was “a remarkable man who dedicated his entire life to duty and service for his country and the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ New Georgia...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Apr. 09, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. After months of...

Gaetz faces probe by House ethics over potential misconduct

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz, citing reports of sexual and other misconduct by the Florida Republican, the panel's leaders said Friday. The deepening of the scrutiny of the congressman comes as Gaetz has...

Texas man charged with threatening Amazon center in Virginia

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man was charged Friday with threatening to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia in an effort to damage the internet and services he believed were used by federal agencies, according to acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. Seth Aaron Pendley, 28,...

Lawsuit: Virginia police officers threatened man during stop

Apr. 09, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop during which the officers drew their guns, pointed them at him and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution. Body camera footage shows Caron...