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The Latest: Cameron appoints Pitt to special adviser role

Nov. 20, 2019 12:58 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on appointments by Kentucky Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Kentucky Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron has selected outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel for a key job. The incoming Republican attorney general on Wednesday...

Public defenders appointed for suspect in drive-by killing

Nov. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing another man in a drive-by shooting following a confrontation at a casino has been appointed two public defenders. A judge appointed the attorneys at a brief court hearing Monday. Francis Giannelli, of Glastonbury, faces murder and weapons...

Auditor: New Mexico secret settlements were ‘abuse of power’

Nov. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Around $2.7 million in secret settlements with appointees under former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez were an “abuse of power” and were awarded without proper protocols, State Auditor Brian Colon said Monday. Announcing the findings from a recent audit of the sealed...

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

Nov. 18, 2019 3:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s...

Surgeon General, former state commissioner, heads to Purdue

Nov. 17, 2019 10:34 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government's top doctor is making a stop at Purdue University to discuss the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was appointed to that post in 2017 by President Donald Trump after serving as Indiana’s state...

Love appointed Montgomery probate judge

Nov. 16, 2019 12:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorney JC Love, III is the new probate judge of Montgomery County. The governor signed Love’s appointment letter Friday. Gov. Kay Ivey says he was sworn into office the same day. Love replaces Steven Reed who was sworn in this week as Montgomery mayor. Love also ran in the...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

President Trump to nominate library head to federal agency

Nov. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced plans to nominate the executive director the Kansas City Public Library to lead a little-known independent federal agency that the White House has tried to shutter. The Kansas City Star reports that Crosby Kemper III will become director of the...

Trump contributes foreword to paperback of McConnell book

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the...