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Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

Nov. 15, 2018 8:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation. Porter's upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known...

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

Nov. 15, 2018 7:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the highly watched...

Senate lets Bahrain weapon sale proceed; Yemen unease grows

Nov. 15, 2018 6:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate rejected an effort Thursday to block $300 million in weapon sales to Bahrain, but there's growing unease in Congress about the U.S. role supporting the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's military campaign in Yemen. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., forced the vote to send a message to President...

Absentee ballots reviewed in heated Georgia governor's race

Nov. 15, 2018 5:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As the candidates in the disputed race for Georgia governor retreated further into their corners, counties across the state on Thursday began a court-ordered process of reviewing absentee ballots and counting those previously rejected for missing or incorrect dates of birth. Georgia...

Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was 'an honor'

Nov. 15, 2018 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House aide pushed out by first lady Melania Trump said Thursday that it had been "an honor" to serve in President Donald Trump's administration and that she admires the first family. Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, departed the White House on Wednesday, a day...

Judge allows Mueller case against Russian company to proceed

Nov. 15, 2018 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a special counsel indictment against a Russian company accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, allows the criminal case against...

AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

Nov. 15, 2018 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of...

How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

Nov. 15, 2018 8:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday for how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year. The changes are large and small, from a requirement to post legislation at least 72 hours before action is taken to restoring some...

Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' for 2nd act as speaker

Nov. 15, 2018 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has "overwhelming support" to become the next speaker. Pelosi picked up backing from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights...

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

Nov. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup. Trey Glenn, 47, was briefly booked into a county...

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Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

Nov. 15, 2018 8:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation. Porter's upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known...

Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California's Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters

Nov. 15, 2018 8:33 PM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California's Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters.

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant behind the...

The Latest: USC, UCLA cancel pre-game bonfires

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The University of Southern California and UCLA are canceling their usual bonfires before Saturday's football game at the Pasadena Rose Bowl out of respect for those who lost homes and lives in devastating California...

How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

Nov. 15, 2018 8:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday for how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year. The changes are large and small, from a requirement to post legislation at least 72 hours before action is taken to restoring some...

Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' for 2nd act as speaker

Nov. 15, 2018 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has "overwhelming support" to become the next speaker. Pelosi picked up backing from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights...

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:05 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that...

The Latest: Video: Senator talks on making voting difficult

Nov. 15, 2018 7:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A newly released video shows a Republican U.S. senator talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote. The clip of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of...

Ferocious fires spark concern over major health consequences

Nov. 15, 2018 7:34 PM EST

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and...

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

Nov. 15, 2018 7:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the highly watched...