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Taiwan says Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

Sep. 16, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed the move, saying the Solomon Islands Cabinet approved a resolution to recognize Beijing as the...

New Kavanaugh allegation unlikely to prompt impeachment

Sep. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, newly disclosed allegations are reviving questions about the rush to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee at the height of the #MeToo movement. The Senate confirmed...

Times faces questions all around for Kavanaugh story

Sep. 16, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, the New York Times' handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump and his allies...

A look at the revived allegations against Justice Kavanaugh

Sep. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new claim of decades-old sexual impropriety by Justice Brett Kavanaugh is rekindling the controversy that nearly derailed his confirmation to the Supreme Court last year. The allegation was unearthed by two New York Times reporters in their research for a book about the Kavanaugh...

S. Korean opposition leader shaves head to protest minister

Sep. 16, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leader of South Korea's biggest opposition party on Monday became the latest politician to shave their heads to protest President Moon Jae-in's appointment of a key political ally as justice minister despite allegations of academic fraud and financial crimes surrounding his...

Postal Service licked in court fight over stamp price hike

Sep. 13, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday threw out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class "Forever Stamp" along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled...

Stanford prof again to review N Carolina legislative maps

Sep. 13, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges who ruled the state's legislative district maps were drawn to unconstitutionally favor Republicans are hiring a familiar expert to review how state lawmakers fix the problem. The three-judge Superior Court panel on Friday appointed Stanford University law...

Hungary's Orban points to EU 'enlargement fatigue'

Sep. 13, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that Western countries in the European Union are suffering from "enlargement fatigue" and using newer members as a scapegoat for their problems. "Those in the West are exhausted from enlargement," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio,...

2 Florida Supreme Court judges tapped for federal seats

Sep. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida Supreme Court Justices have been tapped for seats on a federal appeals court. President Donald Trump announced the appointments Thursday of Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is based in Atlanta and has jurisdiction over...

Senate approves Trump nominee Bowman for Federal Reserve

Sep. 12, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee Michelle Bowman to serve a full 14-year term on the seven-member Federal Reserve board. Bowman was approved on a 60-31 vote, winning the support of 49 Republicans and 11 Democrats. Only one Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of...