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Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges

Sep. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service. Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged...

California GOP congressman won't seek re-election

Sep. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican congressman in California said Tuesday he won't run for re-election next year, making him the 18th GOP incumbent to bow out of the U.S. House of Representatives now that the party is in the minority. U.S. Rep. Paul Cook announced he will instead run for a seat on the...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...

Courser sentenced to 12 months of probation, can avoid jail

Sep. 16, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan lawmaker has been sentenced to 12 months of probation stemming from charges that were filed over a plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser was sentenced Monday in Lapeer. He must pay $1,125 in fines, court costs and fees. The...

Indiana, Illinois AGs investigate after fetal remains found

Sep. 16, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the "grisly discovery" of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana. Republican Attorney...

The Latest: Vaping death reported in central California

Sep. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California action on vaping (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes. The announcement Monday by the Tulare County Public Health Office comes hours after Gov. Gavin...

Classic campaign event draws Democrats to South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — Four Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina on Monday for what organizers call the oldest traditional campaign speech event in the country, taking an opportunity to continue to make their cases ahead of the first Southern vote of 2020. On Monday, Joe...

Collins' aide: New Kavanaugh accusation 'lacks an accuser'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins says newly disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are not adding anything new to what's already been reported. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who hopes to unseat Collins...

New state law brings hope to Colorado mobile home residents

Sep. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

On a late-August Sunday afternoon, state Rep. Meg Froelich readied the meeting room at the Sheridan Library for a town hall with constituents. There was one item on the agenda: a recently enacted law designed to give mobile-home owners more protections and a way to handle disputes with the managers and park...

The Latest: Indiana, Illinois AGs to probe fetal remains

Sep. 16, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the discovery of fetal remains at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion doctor (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Indiana's attorney general says he'll work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate last week's discovery of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal...