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Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 16, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba

Apr. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of...

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith plans fundraiser at Trump's resort

Apr. 16, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who is considering running for the U.S. Senate, plans to hold a fundraising event at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. An invitation to the April 30 event lists Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and...

Colorado lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity." State Rep. Ron Hanks was speaking on the...

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor’s historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements. ...

House GOP takes cash from casino mogul accused of misconduct

Apr. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major House Republican fundraising committee overseen by GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy received over $770,000 from Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino mogul who stepped down from his company in 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. ...

'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author eyes Senate bid in Ohio

Apr. 16, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and never forgot his Appalachian...

Senate Democrats urge Biden to condition aid to Brazil

Apr. 16, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than a dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday complaining of a woeful environmental track record by his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, and urging him to condition any support for Amazon preservation on significant...

Public comment period extended for border surveillance plan

Apr. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period on plans to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along Vermont's border with the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont's congressional delegation said Friday. ...

NC Rep. Cawthorn raises $1 million; rival gets big haul, too

Apr. 16, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the recently elected youngest member of Congress, raised more than $1 million for his campaign committee in the first quarter, while a western North Carolina civil rights activist who just last month said she wants to unseat him also...