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Tennessee ethics panel advances ouster of convicted senator

Jan. 20, 2022 15:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-led Tennessee Senate's ethics committee on Thursday recommended removing a Democratic senator from office because of her recent wire fraud conviction, pressing ahead over her objections that she had short notice of the hearing and is still awaiting...

Bill would require Senate confirmation for US prison chief

Jan. 14, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after the head of the troubled federal Bureau of Prisons said he was resigning amid increased scrutiny over his leadership, lawmakers have introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for future bureau directors — the same process used to vet leaders of the FBI and...

FACT FOCUS: Federal agents didn't orchestrate Jan. 6

Jan. 11, 2022 22:56 PM EST

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection poked another hole in the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that federal agents orchestrated the attack, confirming on Tuesday that a man at the center of the claims said he’d never been an FBI informant. Ray Epps, an Arizona man...

Senate hearing on pandemic gets testy: 'What a moron'

Jan. 11, 2022 17:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, angrily accused a senator Tuesday of making false accusations that are leading to threats against him -- all to raise political cash. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has repeatedly...

Fed's Powell: High inflation poses a threat to job market

Jan. 11, 2022 14:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that high inflation could make it harder to restore the job market to full health, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed will raise interest rates faster than it now plans if needed to stem surging prices. With America's households...

Federal Reserve's Powell: High inflation 'exacts a toll'

Jan. 10, 2022 19:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — High inflation is taking a toll on American families, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged in remarks to be delivered at a Tuesday congressional hearing, where he is sure to face tough questions on the subject. “We know that high inflation exacts a...

Hawaii lawmakers hear football program concerns

Jan. 08, 2022 19:31 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii Board of Regents plans to address the issue of morale on the university's football team following a legislative hearing that featured testimony from former players and that the university system president criticized as one-sided. More than...

Pandemic still backdrop as WA lawmakers start new session

Jan. 08, 2022 13:02 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 2022 legislative session in Washington state will look much like the one a year ago: a limited number of lawmakers on site at the Capitol, and committee hearings being fully remote due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There are a few key differences:...

Lawmakers want info about troubling prison conditions

Jan. 05, 2022 18:22 PM EST

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two lawmakers from different parties are demanding answers from the state Corrections Department about conditions at prisons. Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, said his office has been told that staff shortages at the women's prison in Washtenaw County...

Conspiracy theories paint fraudulent reality of Jan. 6 riot

Jan. 01, 2022 00:57 AM EST

Millions of Americans watched the events in Washington last Jan. 6 unfold on live television. Police officers testified to the violence and mayhem. Criminal proceedings in open court detailed what happened. Yet the hoaxes, conspiracy theories and attempts to rewrite history persist,...