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Who is JD Vance? Things to know about Donald Trump's pick for vice president

Jul. 15, 2024 22:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday chose U.S. Sen. JD Vance of Ohio to be his running mate as he looks to return to the White House. Here are some things to know about Vance, a 39-year-old Republican now in his first term in the Senate: ...

'Hillbilly Elegy': JD Vance's rise to vice presidential candidate began with a bestselling memoir

Jul. 15, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the heart of JD Vance's swift journey from venture capitalist to vice presidential candidate is a memoir he first thought of in law school, “Hillbilly Elegy.” Vance's bestseller about his roots in rural Kentucky and blue-collar Ohio made him a national...

Steve Garvey visited Israel, but will it win over California voters in Senate race against Schiff?

Jul. 13, 2024 10:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking to boost his longshot bid for one of California's U.S. Senate seats, Republican Steve Garvey traveled to Israel last month searching for room to run against U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff — a Jewish Democrat known for his support of America's key ally in the Middle...

US Senate passes bill requiring oversight of federal prison system after AP investigation exposing abuse and corruption

Jul. 10, 2024 18:54 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US Senate passes bill requiring oversight of federal prison system after AP investigation exposing abuse and corruption.

Former US Sen. Jim Inhofe, defense hawk who called human-caused climate change a 'hoax,' dies at 89

Jul. 09, 2024 15:08 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Sen. Jim Inhofe, a conservative known for his strong support of defense spending and his denial that human activity is responsible for the bulk of climate change, has died. He was 89. Inhofe, a powerful fixture in Oklahoma politics for over six decades,...

Some Nebraskans say misleading words led them to sign petitions on abortion they don't support

Jul. 01, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tea Rohrberg was heading into her county's treasurer's office in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday when she says she was approached by a man and asked if she wanted to sign a “pro-choice petition.” Because she believes access to abortion is a right all women should have, she...

Tim Scott has benefited from mentors along the way. He's hoping for another helping hand

Jul. 01, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Tim Scott was a teenager, a Chick-fil-A manager named John Moniz offered him a sandwich, a job, and four years of indispensable mentoring about how to be a businessman and a citizen. Later, after that helping hand put Scott on a path that eventually led him into...

Democrat Elissa Slotkin makes massive ad buy in Michigan Senate race in flex of fundraising

Jul. 01, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin is using her fundraising advantage in the race for Michigan’s coveted open U.S. Senate seat to drop $8 million on advertising in the final weeks leading up to the general election. Slotkin is the overwhelming favorite to win...

Republican JD Vance journeys from 'Hillbilly Elegy' memoirist to US senator to VP contender

Jul. 01, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was March 2022 and Senate candidate JD Vance was standing under hot lights in a Cleveland television studio debating four fellow Republicans on whether the U.S. should support a no-fly zone over Ukraine, not a month into its grinding war with Russia. ...

An English bulldog named Babydog makes a surprise appearance in a mural on West Virginia history

Jun. 30, 2024 08:40 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The English bulldog had never been featured prominently in West Virginia history. It has now. Gov. Jim Justice's 4-year-old pure breed Babydog joined the ranks of Abraham Lincoln, Civil War soldiers and odes to Appalachian folk music in new murals under...