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Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 20, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Group sues to obtain Wisconsin DNR board chairman's texts

Oct. 19, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the Department of Natural Resources policy board chairman's text messages. Midwest Environmental Advocates filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court against Fred Prehn, the board...

EU top official clashes with Polish PM over rule of law

Oct. 19, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official locked horns Tuesday with Poland's prime minister, arguing that a recent ruling from the country's constitutional court challenging the supremacy of EU laws is a threat to the bloc's foundations and won't be left unanswered. ...

5 applicants being considered for Tennessee judicial opening

Oct. 19, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Five applicants will be considered for an opening in the Court of Criminal Appeals Western Section, the Tennessee Supreme Court said. The opening was created by the retirement of Judge Alan E. Glenn. The applicants are Donald...

Ex-WVa gov spokesman named interim public broadcasting chief

Oct. 18, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority has named former gubernatorial spokesman Butch Antolini as interim executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The authority approved Antolini's appointment Monday, the Charleston...

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

Oct. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts. The administration also took the unusual step of telling the justices they...

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Oct. 17, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal...

Jan. 6 panel moving swiftly as it sets Bannon contempt vote

Oct. 15, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has moved aggressively against Trump adviser Steve Bannon, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aide after he defied a subpoena. ...

Godlewski raises $1.36 million in third quarter

Oct. 15, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Godlewski said Friday that she raised $1.36 million in the third quarter and had about $786,000 on hand. Godlewski released the total after announcing Monday that she's put $1 million of her own money into her campaign....