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Louisiana gambling board leader resigns before Senate vote

Jun. 09, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's gambling regulatory chief Mike Noel told the governor Wednesday that he's resigning, preempting a Senate confirmation hearing where Noel could have been questioned about his State Police work during the fatal arrest of a Black man whose death remains...

NC Senate nixes environment chief, but Cooper rehires her

Jun. 03, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sharply divided North Carolina Senate on Thursday formally rejected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to lead his environmental department, with Republicans who insisted the nominee was ill-prepared for the post winning the vote. The party-line...

Senate Republicans ready to block Cooper environment chief

Jun. 02, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's pick to lead the state's environmental agency appears doomed in the state Senate, where Republicans on a key committee formally opposed the Democrat's choice on Wednesday. The Senate Agriculture, Energy and...

Legislators, watchdog want requirement for utility refunds

May. 28, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two bills in Ohio’s legislature are furthering the push by the state’s consumer watchdog to require the utilities commission to refund millions to customers who paid for charges later deemed improper by the state Supreme Court. ...

Weinstein extradition to California faces another delay

May. 24, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's extradition from New York to California to face rape and sexual assault charges faces further delays over paperwork issues raised by his lawyer, the attorney confirmed Monday. Norman Effman said a hearing has been scheduled for...

Senate panel advances Biden pick as WH science adviser

May. 20, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved President Joe Biden's nomination of Eric Lander to be chief science adviser, one of the last unfilled Cabinet posts in the Biden administration. Lander, a geneticist and founding director of the Broad...

With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

May. 07, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America. ...

Restoring service central to Biden's postal board nominees

Apr. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

President Joe Biden's nominees to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service pledged Thursday to rebuild trust with the American public through prompt deliveries, as they outlined a vison for the agency in their first formal statements to lawmakers. The nominees —...

Bad offshore weather delays SpaceX crew launch until Friday

Apr. 21, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX on Wednesday bumped its next astronaut launch by a day because of dangerously high waves and wind offshore. Liftoff is now scheduled an hour before sunrise Friday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, when better weather is expected. ...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

Apr. 14, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men being killed by police. Over the course of a few hours Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s difficult...