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Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself

Apr. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump by the time he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller's report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude. McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 hours of...

Barr deepens critics' concerns in handling of Mueller report

Apr. 18, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report , but the spotlight Thursday belonged just as much to the attorney general who made it public. The report had not yet been released when William Barr, by turns testy and defensive, took the Justice Department podium to...

Affirmative action initiative reaches Washington Legislature

Apr. 18, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An initiative that would bring affirmative action back to Washington state arrived at the Legislature Thursday, where supporters and critics alike invoked American ideals including opportunity and equality during a lengthy public hearing. The initiative, I-1000, would allow the state...

Massachusetts delegation weighs in on Mueller report

Apr. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are weighing in on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia and President Donald Trump, with some calling on Congress to hold public hearings. Sen. Edward Markey told reporters Thursday the report paints...

The Latest: Senator: Work needed on reinsurance legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado reinsurance proposal (all times local): 1:55 p.m. A Senate panel has postponed consideration of a Colorado health reinsurance bill so its sponsors can ensure the plan's proposed funding conforms with federal rules. Democratic Sen. Kerry Donovan, a bill sponsor, says a...

Alaska Legislature confirms Public Safety commissioner

Apr. 17, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided Alaska Legislature on Wednesday confirmed Amanda Price to lead the Department of Public Safety as she fended off allegations of absenteeism in a prior job. Supporters of Price cast her as fiery and outspoken and the victim of a "witch hunt." Critics cited concern with what...

Alabama bill would allow concealed carry without permit

Apr. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State sheriffs on Wednesday opposed legislation backed by gun rights groups that would allow people to carry concealed handguns in public without obtaining a state permit. The bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa would do away with the current state requirement to...

Lawmakers upset with Missouri-Kansas City chancellor

Apr. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for the resignation of University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal over what they say was his inadequate response to the disruption of a conservative speaker's appearance last week. Lawmakers also threatened to...

Bill responding to animal cruelty case gets House hearing

Apr. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers still are trying to tighten the state's animal cruelty laws in response to the seizure of dozens of Great Danes in Wolfeboro nearly two years ago. Authorities seized 84 dogs from Christina Fay's 14,000 square-foot mansion in June 2017. Fay argued she took care...

Patients push for safeguards in drug step therapy process

Apr. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People struggling with chronic diseases joined doctors and other advocates in making the case Wednesday for a bipartisan proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature designed to make it easier for patients to get needed prescription drugs even when insurance companies force them to try...