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Judge rejects GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren't grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. Superior Court Judge...

Trump proposal panned as workers face another lost paycheck

Jan. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday with a plan to reopen the government and finance President Donald Trump's long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats said the legislation offers inadequate protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and Trump should reopen the...

Trump moving ahead with State of the Union speech next week

Jan. 22, 2019 1:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress — despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it. The White House sent an email to the House...

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

Jan. 22, 2019 1:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting it...

The Latest: Pelosi says reopen government, then we'll talk

Jan. 22, 2019 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 2:10 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls President Donald Trump's offer to provide some deportation protections for immigrants along with for his $5.7 billion demand for the border wall with...

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Jan. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. That wasn't enough for some of his party's most liberal...

AP-NORC Poll: Disasters influence thinking on climate change

Jan. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit and the dome of smog over Salt...

Supreme Court releases censored appeal by foreign government

Jan. 22, 2019 11:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unidentified foreign government is asking the Supreme Court to get involved in a case that may be part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The justices on Tuesday granted the government's request to file a censored version of an appeal to the high court in which...

Pelosi works her health care strategy from the ground up

Jan. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to "Obamacare" and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. "Medicare for all" will get hearings. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to...

US service member killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan

Jan. 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. A military statement says the incident is under investigation, and details were not released. The statement issued Tuesday did not name the service member or the branch of the military, pending...

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Clay makes appeal on behalf of workers impacted by shutdown

Jan. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A congressman from St. Louis is urging utility and service providers in the region to take measures to ease the burden of federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. Democratic U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay wrote to corporate officials at Spectrum Communications, the...

Court martial: 35 years for airman who killed roommate

Jan. 22, 2019 2:39 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A court martial in Louisiana has sentenced a 22-year-old airman to 35 years in prison for killing his roommate in Guam last year. News agencies report that the seven-officer panel sentenced Isaiah Edwards on Tuesday in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Bradley Hale. Edwards will be...

Judge rejects GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Jan. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren't grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. Superior Court Judge...

Explo Systems ex-owner drops Camp Minden sentence appeal

Jan. 22, 2019 2:26 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility has dropped an appeal of his sentence. Meanwhile, a codefendant's sentencing appeal remains before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Former...

US service member killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan

Jan. 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. A military statement says the incident is under investigation, and details were not released. The statement issued Tuesday did not name the service member or the branch of the military, pending...

Trump proposal panned as workers face another lost paycheck

Jan. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday with a plan to reopen the government and finance President Donald Trump's long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats said the legislation offers inadequate protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and Trump should reopen the...

The Latest: Pelosi says reopen government, then we'll talk

Jan. 22, 2019 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 2:10 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls President Donald Trump's offer to provide some deportation protections for immigrants along with for his $5.7 billion demand for the border wall with...

Lawyers: Immigrant kids' detention is prolonged, unexplained

Jan. 22, 2019 2:14 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they are suing the U.S. government for allegedly detaining immigrant children too long and improperly refusing to release them to relatives. Lawyers said Tuesday they expanded a lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to propose...

Panel votes down Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia

Jan. 22, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Efforts to make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment encountered a setback Tuesday following a subcommittee vote in the state's Republican-controlled Legislature. The nation's supporters of the gender-equality amendment have been hoping this increasingly blue state will approve the ERA at...

County commissioner Fuller running for Sen. Tillis' seat

Jan. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Democratic elected leader in North Carolina's largest county is running to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller announced his candidacy Tuesday in Charlotte, with about two dozen supporters in attendance. The...