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In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during the first Prime Minister's Questions of the year, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The president of the European Commission warned Britain on Wednesday that it won’t get the “highest quality access” to the European Union's market after Brexit unless it makes major concessions. (Jessica Taylor/House of Commons via AP)

Boris Johnson's Brexit bill hits last-minute hiccup

Jan. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans hit a hurdle Monday when Parliament’s upper chamber told the government to give European Union citizens living in the U.K. physical proof of their right to remain after the country leaves the bloc. The House of Lords voted by...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democrats pushed forward a progressive agenda as the booming oil industry made headlines in 2019 with record revenues for the state's coffers. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz,File)

Legislature considers tuition-free college, legalizing pot

Jan. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts are underway to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales, fund tuition-free college and shore up pensions for state and local government workers as the New Mexico Legislature convenes. Here are some things to watch during the 30-day session that begins Tuesday at noon....

Idaho lawmakers consider changes in primary voting rules

Jan. 20, 2020 3:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Voters will have about two weeks to choose a political party if they want to vote in Idaho's Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in March following action by a House panel on Monday. The State Affairs Committee sent to the full House legislation that will take effect...

Battling cancer, Republican NY Sen. James Seward to retire

Jan. 20, 2020 3:36 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Sen. James Seward announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of his 17th term this year, citing his ongoing battle with bladder cancer. The 68-year-old Republican announced in November that his cancer, first diagnosed in 2016, had returned. He said Monday that the...

President Donald Trump arrives to speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's legal defense

Jan. 20, 2020 3:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense against impeachment charges, as laid out in his legal argument released Monday, has distortions at its core. Trump through his lawyers assails Democrats for trying to upend the results of an election, which is precisely the point of impeachment in the...

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 heads to Switzerland with Senate trial to reconvene

Jan. 20, 2020 3:06 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...

League's leader Matteo Salvini gestures during a campaign rally in view of the upcoming local elections in the Emilia Romagna region, in Maranello, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini asks for trial, his party's lawmakers oblige

Jan. 20, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini dared lawmakers to lift his Senate immunity Monday so he could be tried for allegedly keeping migrants hostage for days aboard a coast guard rescue ship, and they did. But the only Senate immunity commission members who ended up voting in...

Idaho Senate OKs emergency water rights to clean up spills

Jan. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House on Monday. The Senate voted 35-0 to approve the legislation that the state Department of Environmental Quality said is needed to prevent someone...

Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun violence. The size of...

American flags blow in wind around the Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol in the background at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will resume in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 21.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Trump's lawyers urge dismissal of 'flimsy' impeachment case

Jan. 20, 2020 1:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong," urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy" and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The lawyers decried the impeachment process as...