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Gov. Sununu to enact emergency drought rules

Sep. 24, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

PEMBROKE, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he anticipates announcing a statewide severe drought law. Gov. Sununu asked the Executive Council Wednesday to prepare to vote by phone on a unique emergency law to prohibit outdoor fires near public woodlands to prevent forest fires, the...

FCC asks states to lower the cost of in-state inmate calls

Sep. 22, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,800 jails and detention centers across the United States charge more for inmates to make in-state calls than they can legally charge for out-of-state phone calls, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission. That means the vast majority of inmate calls...

Trump calls Swedish lawmaker in thanks for Nobel nomination

Sep. 22, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish lawmaker who nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East says he got a phone call of thanks from the American leader. Magnus Jacobsson, a member of Sweden’s Parliament for the Christian Democrats, wrote Tuesday on...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday, Sept. 17, handed victories to the Democratic Party in an election-related lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the battleground state’s fledgling mail-in voting law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania Democrats notch key election-related court wins

Sep. 17, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court gave the Democratic Party a series of victories Thursday in the presidential battleground state, relaxing deadlines in its fledgling mail-in voting law, approving more ballot collection sites and kicking the Green Party’s presidential...

Wolf, Republicans at odds over Pennsylvania election law

Aug. 27, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican state lawmakers remained at odds Thursday over how to update Pennsylvania's voting laws to handle an expected avalanche of mail-in ballots in November's presidential election in the battleground state, even as Philadelphia moved ahead with an ambitious...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make joint statements to the press after meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Pompeo warned diplomats to avoid politics; he'll talk at RNC

Aug. 25, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions last month warning American diplomats that under federal law they should not take overt sides in the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, he plans to ignore his own warning by speaking to the Republican National...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their meeting, in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Pompeo shattering precedent, sparking fury with RNC speech

Aug. 24, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions last month warning American diplomats that under federal law they should not take overt sides in the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, he plans to ignore his own warning by speaking to the Republican National...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania officials said Friday, July 31, 2020, the state will foot the cost of postage for voters to mail in ballots in November's general election, a move that Gov. Tom Wolf has made a priority as the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail under a new state law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Fixing Pennsylvania mail-in vote glitches goes down to wire

Aug. 21, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With barely three weeks to go before counties can begin mailing out ballots, lawsuits are filling the vacuum of action to fix problems or ambiguities with Pennsylvania's mail-in voting laws after a primary election that saw record-smashing numbers of mailed-in votes amid the...

Holland, Gillham score wins in Alaska legislative races

Aug. 19, 2020 3:37 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel lost her Republican primary Tuesday from a challenger critical of her leadership style. Roger Holland said he did not think he could definitively say he had won until next week, when election officials count absentee ballots. But he said he felt...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking...