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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, protesters unfurl a banner as Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a roadshow with Americans for Prosperity in 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. The group opposing an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to drop its court fight and instead gear up for a possible recall election. Stand Tall With Mike said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it told its attorneys to withdraw its appeal before the Alaska Supreme Court. The group says recent court actions indicate that continuing to pursue the case in court would not be a productive use of resources. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Dunleavy recall opponents seek to drop out of court fight

Feb. 18, 2020 8:09 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group opposing an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday it will drop its court fight and instead gear up for a possible recall election. Stand Tall With Mike, in a statement, said it told its attorneys to withdraw its appeal before the state Supreme Court, saying...

Wyandotte County (Kan.) District Court Judge Carlos Murguia, is seen in an undated black and white photo. Murguia, who was publicly reprimanded last fall after acknowledging that he sexually harassed female employees and had an extramarital affair with an offender, resigned on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Murguia's resignation is effective April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns

Feb. 18, 2020 6:34 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender resigned on Tuesday, saying he could no longer effectively serve on the court. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, who was based in...

In this Aug. 11, 2019 photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich exercises outside the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood near Littleton, Colo.President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

A timeline of Blagojevich's political career, criminal case

Feb. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Highlights from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political career and legal saga: — 1993: Blagojevich begins a three-year stint as an Illinois state representative. — 1997: Blagojevich begins a six-year tenure in Congress. — 2002: Blagojevich, billing...

Panel to parse foreign policy and presidential election

Feb. 18, 2020 9:15 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Former presidential advisers and administration officials are expected to gather in Detroit next week to discuss the foreign policy challenges that will face whomever wins this year's U.S. presidential election. The Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum is scheduled for next Monday at...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Hill after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, with the state Supreme Court puts the Republican Hill's ability to remain as state government's top lawyer in jeopardy as he must have a law license to hold the position. It wasn't immediately clear how a temporary suspension would affect his status. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Indiana attorney general's future in question if suspended

Feb. 17, 2020 4:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent supporter of Indiana’s attorney general is arguing that a proposed suspension of his law license over allegations of drunkenly groping four women is excessive and that even the proposed punishment wouldn’t force him from office. It remained unclear Monday...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., makes a point during a campaign stop late Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

2020 Watch: Who can show strength with voters of color?

Feb. 17, 2020 6:28 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: ___ Days to Nevada caucuses: 5 Days to general election: 260 ___ THE NARRATIVE With Iowa and New Hampshire behind them, the Democrats' 2020 field lurches toward a decidedly more diverse set...

Walker appointee, judge, prof face off in high court primary

Feb. 16, 2020 6:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters will choose between a Republican appointee, a Madison judge and a law professor as they winnow down the candidates for a state Supreme Court seat in a primary Tuesday. Conservative Justice Dan Kelly will face off against liberal-leaning Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone....

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, takes photos with supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Democratic hopefuls now test strength among minority voters

Feb. 16, 2020 2:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal. “There is what I call an ‘ABT mood’ in the black community: Anybody but Trump,” said the 77-year-old who was the first black graduate of the...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a town hall meeting at the Carson City Convention Center in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

The Latest: Sanders claims Bloomberg will not excite voters

Feb. 16, 2020 1:08 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders laced into billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas while Bloomberg was campaigning in Virginia. Sanders rattled off a list of...

Man accused of stabbing grandparents to undergo assessment

Feb. 15, 2020 4:51 PM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana judge has approved a mental health assessment to determine if a man accused of stabbing his grandparents with a butcher knife in their home is competent to stand trial. Nicholas B. Powers, 22, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder and battery,...