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FILE - Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 calling it his “Great Honor.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Nov. 25, 2020 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday despite Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts. The pardon, coming in the waning days of the Trump administration, takes direct aim at a Russia investigation that...

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon visits with poll workers as he toured the Brian Coyle Center, on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota certifies Biden win, state voter turnout nears 80%

Nov. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s state canvassing board unanimously certified the state's election results Tuesday, an ordinarily routine task that drew closer attention due to President Donald Trump's efforts to delay it in key states. Joe Biden defeated Trump in Minnesota by just over 233,000 votes,...

Panel selects 6 to interview for RI Supreme Court opening

Nov. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state’s Judicial Nominating Committee has selected six candidates to be interviewed for a second opening on the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The candidates would take the seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Francis Flaherty, who announced he would retire at the end of...

Court: North Dakota governor can't fill dead candidate seat

Nov. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum does not have the authority to appoint someone to a state House seat won by a Republican candidate who died before the election, the North Dakota Supreme Court concluded Tuesday. The court, in a unanimous ruling, decided that Burgum “has not...

3 nominated for vacancy in Kentucky's 12th Judicial Circuit

Nov. 24, 2020 2:28 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judicial panel has nominated three people to serve as circuit judge for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected Jerry David Crosby II, of Goshen, Kristen Hannah Fowler, of Crestwood and Brittany Bailey McKenna, of Prospect, to be considered...

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

Nov. 23, 2020 8:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics — a move supported by opponents of legal abortion, but opposed by advocates who said it affects a variety of non-abortion health services for low-income women....

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questions Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around the closely contested election, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

Nov. 23, 2020 8:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday she will step down from her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving up the powerful spot after public criticism of her bipartisan outreach and her handling of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation...

Evan Jenkins to serve as WVa Supreme Court chief justice

Nov. 22, 2020 11:47 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Evan Jenkins will serve as the West Virginia Supreme Court's chief justice next year. Jenkins was previously chosen to replace Tim Armstead. The court on Friday designated John Hutchison to serve as chief justice in 2022. Gov. Jim Justice appointed Jenkins and Armstead to the court...

Panel recommends 4 for appointment to New Mexico high court

Nov. 21, 2020 12:54 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three current judges and one retired judge have been nominated for appointment to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court. A state nominating commission on Thursday met remotely to evaluate seven candidates for the vacancy being created by the Dec. 1 retirement of Justice...

President Donald Trump listens during an event in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, on prescription drug prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

Nov. 20, 2020 10:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump...