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Ghastly shootings, political forces align to prompt gun deal

Jun. 22, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country has long endured a numbing succession of mass shootings at schools, places of worship and public gathering places. None forced Congress to react with significant legislation — until now. Last month, a white shooter was accused of racist motives in...

Oregon's prison chief in lead for top federal prisons job

Jun. 15, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colette Peters, the director of Oregon’s prison system, has now emerged as the leading contender to run the federal prison system, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Peters, who has run the state’s corrections department...

Biden to visit 'pariah' Saudi Arabia and Israel next month

Jun. 14, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden confirmed Tuesday that he will visit Saudi Arabia next month for talks with its leaders, a dramatic change in his stance on the kingdom that he pledged to make a “pariah” as a Democratic candidate for the White House. With the visit at the...

Actor McConaughey calls for gun legislation at White House

Jun. 08, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey made an appearance at the White House Tuesday to call on Congress to “reach a higher ground” and pass gun control legislation in honor of the children and teachers killed in last month’s shooting rampage at an elementary...

Inspectors ask for authority to go after more COVID fraud

May. 31, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

Inspectors general need more authority to go after fraud in the COVID-19 relief programs, the independent committee overseeing federal pandemic relief spending said Tuesday. The agencies watchdogs' authority to administratively prosecute fraudsters is limited to fraud of $150,000 or...

How Biden, cops and advocates forged deal on police and race

May. 30, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Pasco, the executive director for the Fraternal Order of Police, was watching football on a Sunday afternoon when he got a call from Susan Rice, the top domestic policy adviser at the White House. Negotiations over an executive order to address racism and...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

May. 27, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Tony Monalto, president of Stand with Parkland. ...

Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others. ...

Former Ohio prisons chief top contender to run US prisons

May. 21, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the Ohio state prison system has emerged as a leading contender to run the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Gary Mohr, who has also worked in the private prison...

Former Ohio prisons chief top contender to run US prisons

May. 20, 2022 20:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the Ohio state prison system has emerged as a leading contender to run the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. Gary Mohr, who has also worked in the private...