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GOP lawmakers: Push to legalize casinos would fail in Senate

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear's push to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky is facing strong resistance from two leading Republican lawmakers, including one who supported the idea previously. Beshear, who is running for governor, says Kentucky could reap $500 million-plus in yearly revenue...

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia. The lawsuit filed last month by four news organizations alleges that the department is violating...

Cummings provided strength, calm, for urban Baltimore

Oct. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America - but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown's champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city's worst...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

The Latest: Trump credits 'tough love' for cease-fire deal

Oct. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is crediting his threat of sanctions on Turkey as "tough love" that led the country to agree to a five-day cease-fire in its battle with Kurds in northern Syria. Talking to reporters in Fort Worth,...

Edwards strikes at Rispone on Medicaid, ties to GOP donor

Oct. 17, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday accused Republican opponent Eddie Rispone of intending to kick hundreds of thousands of people off Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, ending their health insurance coverage, if he wins the runoff election. The Deep South's only Democratic...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's use of military money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall has survived a Senate effort to overturn the move. Senate legislation would have reversed Trump's move to take money from military base projects. Trump vetoed the legislation, and senators on Thursday...

Pence announces Turkey has agreed to cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish border, in what appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's...

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68....

Bill aimed at enforcing age limits at vape shops advances

Oct. 17, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne...