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New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

Nov. 17, 2018 10:33 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham - on the same day voters...

Judge lets suit targeting Chicago law on breasts to proceed

Nov. 17, 2018 10:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has given a green light to a transgender performance artist's lawsuit challenging a Chicago ordinance prohibiting women but not men from exposing their breasts in certain public venues. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports the ruling rejects a city request to toss the suit....

Eyes on 2020? Ohio GOP governor, Democratic senator mulling

Nov. 17, 2018 10:13 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — An all-Ohio presidential election in 2020? You would get very long odds in Vegas against that happening. It is possible, though, with two of the state's most popular politicians considering runs. Republican Gov. John Kasich says he hasn't decided about 2020, but he has probably had more...

Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts

Nov. 17, 2018 10:07 AM EST

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in Pennsylvania and North Carolina illustrate the importance of how...

More women serving in Maine legislature than ever before

Nov. 17, 2018 9:44 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A record number of women will be serving in Maine's Legislature. Maine Public reports 72 women are serving in the Maine Legislature, up from 64 last year. That includes 26-year-old Chloe Maxmin, who knocked on thousands of doors to win a House seat held by a Republican for the last...

10 days of post-governor race drama ends with Abrams' speech

Nov. 17, 2018 9:35 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a...

Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

Nov. 17, 2018 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving break in what has turned out to be an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw...

Recount adds to Florida's reputation for bungling elections

Nov. 17, 2018 9:25 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Toepfer came to this spit of sand on the Tampa Bay shore to soak up the sun, drink a beer and maybe do a little fishing — not to talk about elections. But talk he did when asked for his thoughts on whether Florida, as a judge recently put it, is "the laughingstock of...

Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

Nov. 17, 2018 8:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. "They're all done," Trump told reporters at the White House early Saturday before...

New president replaces autocratic leader in the Maldives

Nov. 17, 2018 8:28 AM EST

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over as president of the Maldives on Saturday following a fierce political discord caused by the autocratic rule of outgoing leader Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a...