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Court ruling doesn't stop untraceable election spending

Feb. 12, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 outside groups spent over $50 million on "independent expenditure" ads during the closing months of last year's midterm election season. But only about 8 percent of them revealed information about the donors behind the ads, according to a new report. Ever since the Supreme...

The Latest: Trump weighs in on Virginia Democrats' woes

Feb. 7, 2019 12:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the political turmoil in Virginia amid admissions of blackface and accusations of sexual assault (all times local): 8:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of "killing the Great State of Virginia." Trump was responding to the scandal that has engulfed...

Dakota Access criminal cases wrapping up in North Dakota

Feb. 6, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of state-level criminal cases stemming from the prolonged protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline are mostly wrapped up, and an organization of volunteer attorneys that formed to aid protesters is shifting its focus to other potential battles, including...

Lawyers: 21 Savage is being wrongly held by US immigration

Feb. 4, 2019 6:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for 21 Savage said Monday that the Grammy-nominated rapper was being wrongly held by federal immigration authorities. Law firm Kuck Baxter Immigration released a statement saying U.S. officials have known about his immigration status since at least 2017 when he sought a new visa,...

Courts turn away hundreds of immigrants, blame shutdown

Jan. 31, 2019 5:33 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The already backlogged immigration courts faced more hurdles Thursday when hundreds of immigrants arrived with government-issued notices to appear in court for hearings that were never scheduled. U.S. immigration officials blamed the government shutdown and the extreme winter weather in some...

Iowa Republicans seek to weaken courts on abortion questions

Jan. 31, 2019 4:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than half of the Republican-dominated Iowa Senate has quickly signed on to a constitutional amendment aimed at weakening the state court system's power to review abortion restrictions, just days after an Iowa judge overturned what would have been the nation's broadest such...

Immigration lawyers blast delays in citizenship, green cards

Jan. 30, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration lawyers on Wednesday blasted delays in the U.S. government's handling of applications for citizenship, green cards and other immigration benefits. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said the wait times nearly doubled over a four-year period while the number of...

Campaign cash paid Trump foe's legal bills after #MeToo fall

Jan. 29, 2019 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated...

Report: Powerful Illinois speaker Madigan recorded in probe

Jan. 29, 2019 6:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago newspaper reported Tuesday that a lengthy federal court affidavit says the FBI secretly recorded Illinois' powerful House speaker in 2014 discussing a hotel development project and the possibility of its Chinese developer becoming a client of the speaker's private law firm. The...

Spanish-language reporter facing deportation denied bond

Jan. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A detained Spanish-language reporter facing deportation after he was arrested while covering an immigration rally in Tennessee was denied release Thursday, his lawyers said. An immigration judge denied bond for Manuel Duran during a hearing in Jena, Louisiana, the Southern Poverty Law...