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In turnabout, Minnesota senator becomes lieutenant governor

May. 25, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A high-ranking Minnesota lawmaker thrust into the lieutenant governor's office by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation abruptly took the oath of office and resigned her state Senate seat on Friday, a swift reversal for the longtime Republican senator who had resisted the job and its...

Golden Knights success raising stakes for next NHL expansion

May. 25, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — From his office about 1,000 miles away from T-Mobile Arena, Tod Leiweke has watched the Stanley Cup playoffs with a growing appreciation for what is taking place in Las Vegas. He was keeping an eye on the Golden Knights even before he became president of Seattle Hockey Partners LLC, the...

AP Source: Trump lawyer met Russian oligarch at Trump Tower

May. 25, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, met with a Russian oligarch and discussed U.S.-Russia relations just 11 days before Trump was inaugurated as president, according to a person familiar with the meeting. A firm connected to the oligarch, billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, later...

Protesters: Bottled water should still be provided in Flint

May. 22, 2018 10:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — About 100 people crowded into Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office lobby to demand that the state continue to provide bottled water to Flint residents. MLive.com reports the protesters gathered Tuesday for about 40 minutes until they said they were denied a meeting. They chanted "Flint...

Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

May. 21, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations. Pruitt confirmed at a Senate hearing last week that people he did not identify...

Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

May. 21, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent protest that smashed downtown storefront windows and set...

Cajun Navy leader arrested on contractor fraud charge

May. 18, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who founded Cajun Navy 2016, a volunteer flotilla renowned for rapidly responding to natural disasters, has been arrested on a charge he defrauded a customer who hired him to rebuild a home. Jon Bridgers, 47, of Walker, was freed from jail on $10,000 bond after his...

Missouri opens session to consider impeachment of governor

May. 18, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers opened a historic special session Friday to consider whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens for a variety of allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to misuse of a veterans' charity donor list for his political campaign. It marked the first time Missouri...

The Latest: Missouri lawmakers outline impeachment rules

May. 18, 2018 8:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Rules proposed in the Missouri House would let the public watch hearings leading to the potential impeachment of Gov. Eric Greitens but would prohibit his attorneys from questioning...

Missouri House looking into unauthorized signature

May. 16, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House panel has broadened its investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens to delve into questions about a document with an unauthorized signature of another elected official — something the governor's office chalks up to a technical mistake. A special House committee...