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Criticism of Hong Kong mask ruling seen as hint from China

Nov. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

‘Too busy’: Trump professes disinterest on impeachment

Nov. 13, 2019 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What hearings? What phone call? Professing disinterest and disdain, President Donald Trump said he was “too busy” doing the people’s business Wednesday to watch the impeachment hearings that imperil his presidency. But even as Trump tried to suggest that he was above...

Lawmakers seek to dismiss governor's suit over marijuana law

Nov. 10, 2019 1:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are asking a judge to dismiss Gov. Gina Raimondo's challenge to a new medical marijuana and hemp law. The Democratic governor wants the state Superior Court to block legislation giving lawmakers the right to veto regulations imposed on the industry. The...

Election official rejects effort to recall Alaska governor

Nov. 4, 2019 8:22 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Supporters of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy vowed to take their fight to court after an election official on Monday rejected their bid to move forward with seeking to oust him from office. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said she based her decision on...

The Latest: Recall group to challenge denial in court

Nov. 4, 2019 7:20 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The group seeking to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says it will take its case to court after its application was denied by a state elections official. Jahna Lindemuth, an attorney for the...

Experts: White House has dubious reasons to ignore subpoenas

Nov. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The impeachment process is fundamentally unfair. Congress lacks authority to investigate the president. Witnesses should have executive branch lawyers. White House attorneys are throwing out an array of arguments for keeping its officials from cooperating with the congressional impeachment inquiry. But legal...

Senate leaders pan attorney general's local hire opinion

Nov. 1, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general violated the state constitution by not defending a law that encourages construction firms to use Alaska workers on state contracts, according to leaders of the state Senate majority and minority. Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, and...

Court considers voiding N. Carolina constitutional changes

Oct. 31, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether to void changes to the state constitution that voters approved last year because they were placed on the ballot by lawmakers elected in racially gerrymandered districts, lawyers said Thursday. The state Court of Appeals will decide...

National security official twice raised concerns on Ukraine

Oct. 29, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military officer at the National Security Council twice raised concerns over the Trump administration's push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden, according to testimony the official is prepared to deliver Tuesday in the House impeachment inquiry. Alexander Vindman, an...

Rhode Island governor sues over control of marijuana rules

Oct. 22, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is asking a judge to declare the legislature's control over new marijuana and hemp regulations unconstitutional. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's suing in Superior Court because the Democratic-controlled legislature, in provisions of the state...