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Attorney general faces hearing as chief justice nominee

Jun. 26, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says he has the necessary skills, experience and approach to switch from enforcing state laws to interpreting them. The five-member Executive Council held a public hearing Wednesday on whether MacDonald should become the next chief...

Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

Jun. 26, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum is...

Trump says he 'made' Fed Chairman Powell

Jun. 26, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is keeping up his attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying he "made" Powell but now would like to trade him in for Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank. In an interview on the Fox Business Network, Trump said Wednesday "we should have...

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new attack on death penalty

Jun. 26, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can...

Moldova's Constitutional Court judges resign

Jun. 26, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to appoint...

Merrill in Alabama GOP Senate race; Sessions still a factor

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he's joining a growing field of Republican primary candidates competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones next year. "Let's take this Senate seat back and give it back to the people of Alabama," Merrill said...

Murphy names Persichilli to be next health commissioner

Jun. 25, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

EWING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's appointing interim University Hospital executive Judith Persichilli to be the state's next health commissioner. Murphy, a Democrat, announced Tuesday at an unrelated event his plan to nominate her for the post, which requires Senate confirmation....

New Pentagon chief seeks Europe's help for Trump's Iran view

Jun. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration aims to persuade allies the confrontation with Iran, which threatened to worsen into a deadly shooting war last week, is "not Iran versus the United States" but rather a global challenge requiring global diplomacy, the new acting Pentagon chief said Tuesday....

Probe advised of ex-defense secretary over Sri Lankan blasts

Jun. 25, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's attorney general advised the acting police chief on Monday to launch a criminal investigation of the former defense secretary over "major lapses" that contributed to security failures ahead of Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. Attorney General...

Special prosecutor requested in South Bend police shooting

Jun. 24, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between the black community and law enforcement and roiled the Democratic presidential campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg. St....