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Seattle campaign finance program gives voters $100 to donate

Jun. 19, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood. It's a tradition for political hopefuls. And for Murakami, a two-time council contender, it's her main fundraising...

Texas governor OKs budget with $1M gun storage safety effort

Jun. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a spending bill that includes a $1 million public safety campaign for firearm storage. The Republican signed a $250 billion two-year budget Saturday without any line-item vetoes. It includes money for the Texas Department of Public Safety to promote...

Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations

Jun. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal watchdog agency recommended her removal for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Trump tells Fox & Friends that he was briefed on the Office of...

US extradition case against Assange set for next year

Jun. 14, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a U.S. extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information. The judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday set a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25,...

Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

Jun. 14, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office of Special...

Facebook's Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

Jun. 13, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered...

A look at where Wisconsin's lame-duck laws, challenges stand

Jun. 12, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws that Republicans passed during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The actions in Wisconsin mirror Republican moves after losing...

Judge awards $4.1 million in neo-Nazi website lawsuit

Jun. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge awarded a Muslim-American radio host $4.1 million in monetary damages Wednesday after he successfully sued a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah filed the civil complaint against The Daily Stormer...

Australian opposition calls for review of press freedom

Jun. 12, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's opposition on Wednesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom after police raids on a media organization's Sydney headquarters and a journalist's Canberra home seeking to uncover the source of government leaks. The government, meanwhile, was defending...

DOJ supports lawsuit demanding religious tuition payments

Jun. 11, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is backing three families who are suing to force the state of Maine to pay tuition for some students to attend religious high schools. The "Statement of Interest" filed Monday supports a lawsuit that targets the state's longstanding tuition policy for...