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Campaign roundup: Indiana mayor talks marriage, millennials

Mar. 24, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg told voters Saturday that his marriage to his husband exists "by the grace of a single vote on the U.S. Supreme Court." The South Bend, Indiana, mayor visited South Carolina for the first time since announcing his presidential exploratory...

Democrats debate Mueller strategy as findings loom

Mar. 23, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats plotted strategy Saturday as they awaited the conclusions of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with senior lawmakers demanding full transparency and preparing for next steps if the results were favorable to President Donald Trump. House Democrats conferenced...

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

Mar. 23, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife's grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters. No one — not even Kahler's attorneys — disputes that he killed the four relatives. Instead, his...

Georgia Senate OKs governor-backed 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Mar. 22, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid protests and a heavy police presence, the Georgia Senate on Friday passed a bill banning almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation's strictest...

Judge ends evidence-tampering case against ailing ex-deputy

Mar. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a federal evidence-tampering charge against an ailing retired Mississippi sheriff's deputy accused of wrongfully shooting a man to death in 2013. Federal prosecutors asked Senior U.S. District Judge Neil Biggers earlier this week to end the...

Democratic demands set up battle over Mueller report

Mar. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Within minutes of receiving notification that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not....

Judge says New York's stun gun ban is unconstitutional

Mar. 22, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday in the latest in a series of court decisions that have led to the loosening of restrictions on the weapons in several states. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by Matthew...

Brazilian ex-president remains silent under questioning

Mar. 22, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer remained silent when questioned by investigators Friday, a day after he was arrested as part of the country's sprawling Car Wash corruption probe. The probe has ensnared several top politicians and businessmen in the South American country,...

Ohio cuts funding for Planned Parenthood after court OK

Mar. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health is ending grants and contracts that send money to Planned Parenthood after a divided federal appeals court upheld a state anti-abortion law that blocks public money for the group. The department notified recipients and contractors Thursday that it will...

Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...