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Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

Nov. 14, 2018 9:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said. The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according...

Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

Nov. 14, 2018 8:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump's agenda. With current...

After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

Nov. 14, 2018 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. On Friday, former Massachusetts...

The Latest: Bloomberg: Leader's GOP women claim misleading

Nov. 14, 2018 6:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional Republicans' leadership elections (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Michael Bloomberg's team says it's misleading for Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to claim that the billionaire is responsible for reducing the number of GOP women in Congress. Bloomberg...

White House claims right to exclude 'grandstanding' Acosta

Nov. 14, 2018 7:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House "hard pass." U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing CNN and...

The Latest: Avenatti released after domestic violence charge

Nov. 14, 2018 8:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Avenatti (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Michael Avenatti has been released from police custody following his arrest on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles. As he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti told reporters he "has never struck a...

Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

Nov. 14, 2018 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal. No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady's staff over her visit to...

Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress. Trump said the bill "will make our communities safer and give former...

Newcomer Andy Kim beats GOP Rep. MacArthur in New Jersey

Nov. 14, 2018 8:09 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Andy Kim, a political newcomer and former national security aide in the Obama administration, defeated Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a tight race in which the incumbent's vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act was a hot issue. Kim upset MacArthur in the hotly contested...

Pence says US committed to Indo-Pacific, not seeking control

Nov. 14, 2018 9:09 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says America has a steadfast and enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific region but wants cooperation, not control. Pence, who is standing in for President Donald Trump, told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders Thursday in Singapore that "empire and...

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The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll rises to 56 in wildfire

Nov. 14, 2018 9:33 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Authorities have reported eight more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 56 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came Wednesday...

Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

Nov. 14, 2018 9:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said. The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according...

Utah Republican behind in tight race sues to halt vote count

Nov. 14, 2018 9:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love sued Wednesday to halt vote counting in the Utah race where she is trailing her Democratic challenger by a razor-thin margin, saying her campaign must be allowed to issue challenges if they dispute the validity of mail-in ballots. In a contest where...

Pence says US committed to Indo-Pacific, not seeking control

Nov. 14, 2018 9:09 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says America has a steadfast and enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific region but wants cooperation, not control. Pence, who is standing in for President Donald Trump, told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders Thursday in Singapore that "empire and...

Experts: California wildfire is deadliest in last 100 years

Nov. 14, 2018 9:06 PM EST

Wildfire experts say the Northern California wildfire that has killed at least 48 is the deadliest in a century. California officials say the fire burning in a rural area far north of San Francisco killed more people than any blaze in the state's recorded history. But the U.S. government doesn't closely track...

The Latest: Avenatti released after domestic violence charge

Nov. 14, 2018 8:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Avenatti (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Michael Avenatti has been released from police custody following his arrest on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles. As he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti told reporters he "has never struck a...

Powell sees potential threats from global slowdown

Nov. 14, 2018 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is performing well but he's eyeing potential risks ahead. Those include a slowdown in global growth, the fading impact from tax cuts and the cumulative weight of the Fed's own interest rate hikes. Speaking to an...

Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Nov. 14, 2018 8:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The...

FBI examining more video in search for Wisconsin teen

Nov. 14, 2018 8:19 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The FBI is examining additional surveillance video taken from an expanded area around the Wisconsin home where a couple was shot and killed and their daughter was apparently abducted, the sheriff leading the investigation said Wednesday. Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared early on Oct. 15, when...

Feds subpoena Snap over shareholder lawsuit

Nov. 14, 2018 8:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Snap Inc. has received federal subpoenas related to a class-action lawsuit stemming from its 2017 initial public offering. The lawsuit, filed last May, claims that Snap misled investors about its user growth before going public. The company said in a statement Wednesday that it has been...