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Supreme Court nominee's paper trail might color confirmation

Jul. 16, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The paper chase is on. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's opponents are digging through documents at President George W. Bush's library in Texas and other repositories around the country looking for anything that could help derail his nomination. The trail of documents is extensive...

Haiti's prime minister resigns amid fuel price hike fallout

Jul. 14, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests. Lafontant told Haiti's Chamber of Deputies that he sent President Jovenel Moise his...

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions discusses opioid crisis

Jul. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions put in a plug for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on Friday as he touted the role of law enforcement in reducing addiction and overdose deaths plaguing Maine and New England. Sessions said Brett Kavanaugh is the son of a prosecutor...

Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw

Jul. 13, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia on Saturday, the latest step in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the former archrivals that is ending one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. Eritrea's information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, confirmed the...

Beshear faces scrutiny for past campaign contributions

Jul. 11, 2018 9:40 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity. That was two years ago. The money is still there. But now Beshear is...

Senate panel OKs Trump's pick to lead troubled VA

Jul. 10, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs, a department beset by political infighting and turmoil over providing health care. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote to back Robert Wilkie, currently serving as a...

Sworn in with new powers, Erdogan leaves on 1st trip

Jul. 10, 2018 4:17 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left for Azerbaijan and the breakaway northern part of ethnically divided Cyprus, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in as Turkey's first executive president with sweeping powers. Erdogan's trip on Tuesday came a day after he took the...

Erdogan names Cabinet for Turkish presidency with new powers

Jul. 9, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan named the members of his new Cabinet after he was sworn in Monday under a new governing system that grants him sweeping executive powers and which critics think gives him far too much control. Mevlut Cavusoglu will remain as Turkey's foreign minister...

EPA's relief and worries after scandal-plagued chief's exit

Jul. 7, 2018 2:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking over from an ambitious predecessor known for seeking out the rich, powerful and conservative, the Environmental Protection Agency's newly named acting chief has promised to reach out to anxious staffers throughout the demoralized agency and to lawmakers of both political parties....

Mexico's president-elect will propose amnesty law

Jul. 6, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The security advisers for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that amnesty legislation aimed at lessening violence will be developed with the input of crime victims and presented to Mexico's congress. The security cabinet meeting was the first of a long day of...