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Attorney: Prosecutors stalled Kansas prison recordings probe

Nov. 16, 2018 11:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed attorney investigating whether federal prosecutors in Kansas improperly listened to recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys testified Friday that he was stunned and disappointed when he realized months into the investigation that the U.S....

The Latest: Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead

Nov. 16, 2018 9:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Republican Brian Kemp says the Georgia gubernatorial election is over with Democratic rival Stacey Abrams' acknowledgement that she can't win the race, and he is urging the state to look forward. Kemp made the comments in...

Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother's house

Nov. 16, 2018 9:03 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother's house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman granted John Hinckley Jr. the largest measure of freedom he's had since shooting and...

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 9:02 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not...

The Latest: Judge rejects suit over Florida mail-in ballots

Nov. 16, 2018 7:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida recount (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A federal judge is rejecting a lawsuit that challenged Florida's vote-by-mail deadlines. A veterans voting rights group and Democrats challenged the Florida law that said ballots mailed inside the United States could...

The Latest: CNN's Acosta returns to White House after ruling

Nov. 16, 2018 7:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 6:55 p.m. CNN's Jim Acosta is back at the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return his...

The Latest: Attorney: US Attorney's Office in Kansas stalled

Nov. 16, 2018 6:51 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a an investigation into secretly-recorded prisoners' phone calls at a Kansas prison (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A court-appointed attorney investigating the use of secretly recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys says he was stunned and...

Trump honors GOP donor, 6 others with presidential award

Nov. 16, 2018 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday recognized a major Republican Party donor and six other "extraordinary Americans" with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the nation reserves for a civilian. Individuals who make "outstanding contributions to American life and culture"...

Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

Nov. 16, 2018 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. Lawyer Thomas Goldstein says the high court should rule quickly that President Donald Trump's appointment of...

Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what's a mineral

Nov. 16, 2018 4:32 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of "mineral." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...