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Mueller takes the TV stage; Democrats hope America tunes in

Jul. 23, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pretty sure America didn't read the Mueller report. On Wednesday, they're hoping the nation will be glued to the TV version. Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before two House committees promises to be the TV event of the year in the U.S. House,...

The Latest: Gas tax and Medicaid divide GOP candidates

Jul. 23, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a debate by the three Republican candidates for Mississippi governor (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Mississippi Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says if he becomes governor, he will continue to oppose increasing the gasoline tax to pay for highways and will continue to...

Trump threatens Guatemala after its court blocks asylum deal

Jul. 23, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened retribution against Guatemala over immigration after the country's high court blocked its government from signing an asylum deal with the United States. Trump tweeted that Guatemala has decided against signing a "safe-third agreement" requiring...

Clinics will show people how to expunge criminal records

Jul. 23, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says some counties in mid-Michigan and the northern Lower Peninsula are holding clinics to inform people about expunging criminal convictions. There will be a clinic Friday at the Gratiot County court from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by similar events next...

Man with knife shot, wounded outside LA federal courthouse

Jul. 23, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man with a knife has been shot and wounded outside a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles police say a courthouse security officer wounded the man, who was wielding the weapon Tuesday afternoon in front of the court on First Street. The man was shot...

Pot legalization bills introduced in Congress

Jul. 23, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the national level, and provide opportunities for people convicted of federal pot crimes to clear their records, were introduced Tuesday in Congress. The companion legislation in the House and Senate were introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris of...

Gun group wants judge to block ammunition background checks

Jul. 23, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a U.S. judge to block a new law requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition. The California Rifle & Pistol Association asked San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez to halt the checks and...

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana Supreme Court districts

Jul. 23, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices are discriminatory against African American voters, according to a civil rights group's lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge seeks a declaration that the districts violate...

The Latest: Agency promises 'fair-minded' probe on Big Tech

Jul. 23, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. regulation of technology companies (all times local): 6:25 p.m. The Justice Department says its new review of Big Tech's market power will delve into competition "in an objective and fair-minded manner." The agency says it wants to ensure that Americans have access to...

Judge: Teen charged in school shooting to be tried as adult

Jul. 23, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old who was 15 when he was accused of shooting four classmates in a Washington state school will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Tuesday. Caleb Sharpe carefully planned and executed the mass shooting, and should not be released from custody at age 21 as required if he is...