Latest Washington state government News

The Latest: Trump predicts GOP House comeback in 2020

Nov. 6, 2019 9:40 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is talking optimistically about the 2020 elections, despite the warning signs for Republicans that came out of Kentucky, Virginia and elsewhere Tuesday. Trump is campaigning...

Facing tumult in Washington, Pompeo heads to Germany

Nov. 5, 2019 2:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading overseas to improve relations with Germany as he comes under increasing criticism at home for his role in the events that led to the House impeachment inquiry. The State Department said Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with German officials to...

AP COVERED IT: Iran students seize US Embassy in Tehran

Nov. 4, 2019 1:16 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian students overran guards to take over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, starting a 444-day hostage crisis that transfixed America. After a three-hour struggle, the students took hostages, including 62 Americans, and demanded the extradition of the deposed Shah Mohammad Reza...

Washington banning US flights to all Cuban cities but Havana

Oct. 25, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities except Havana in the latest move to roll back the Obama-era easing of relations, officials said Friday. Supporters of the ban said it would starve the Havana government of cash and limit its ability to repress Cubans and...

Hundreds protest Washington NFL team name in Minneapolis

Oct. 24, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters chanting "We are not your mascot" have marched in Minneapolis against the Washington Redskins team name. Demonstrators rallied Thursday ahead of the Minnesota Vikings' game against Washington. The protesters called the team's name racist and degrading to American...

Washington state to vote on affirmative action referendum

Oct. 18, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two decades after Washington state voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one's minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities is back on the ballot. The Nov....

Can't quit Washington? Gowdy returns as Trump defender

Oct. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trey Gowdy swore he'd had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he'd seen, the Republican congressman from South Carolina retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he's coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who...

GOP taking impeachment fight from Washington to the states

Oct. 10, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — While President Donald Trump plays defense on impeachment in Washington, Republicans are taking the fight to Democrats in the states. Dozens of shouting and flag-waving Trump supporters gathered Tuesday at the Casa Grande field office of Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran, who has...

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

Oct. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo visited the Colosseum, he held a news conference on Wednesday with his...

Washington to issue flavored vape ban, joining other states

Sep. 27, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board...