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Amid protests, Colorado lawmakers consider police changes

Jun. 4, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a week of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Colorado state lawmakers on Thursday began considering a bill intended to hold police officers more accountable by requiring all officers to wear body cameras and allowing people to file state lawsuits against...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

Iowa governor signs voting rights bill requiring restitution

Jun. 4, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday signed a bill that will allow convicted felons to get their voting rights back only after they have paid full restitution to victims. The bill becomes effective if the legislature passes a proposed constitutional amendment automatically restoring...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper didn't appear at a Colorado Independent Ethics Commission hearing Thursday, June 4, 2020, defying a commission subpoena and a court order that he participate as it considers a Republican complaint that trips he took on private planes while Colorado's governor violated the state's gift ban. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former Colorado governor held in contempt by ethics panel

Jun. 4, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission held former Gov. John Hickenlooper in contempt Thursday for defying orders to appear at a hearing on a Republican complaint that private plane trips he took while governor violated the state's gift ban. The commission had subpoenaed Hickenlooper to...

Standing near a statue of Frederick Douglass, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.,, right, pause during a prayer Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020, during an event to commemorate the life of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Emotions run high as anti-lynching bill stalls in Senate

Jun. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans. Raw feelings were evident as Sen. Rand Paul — who is...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Raw feelings abound as Senate turns back to Russia probe

Jun. 4, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees have launched election-year investigations into the Justice Department’s Russia probe, resurrecting the issue at the urging of President Donald Trump while reigniting the partisan hostility that comes along with it. In two committee rooms...

FILE - In this July 25, 2006, file photo, Lebanese refugees at the Syrian-Lebanese border crossing at Jdaidet Yabous talk with their relatives in Lebanon through mobile phones provided free by Syrian telecommunication company Syriatel. The unprecedented public crackdown on Syria's wealthiest businessman Rami Makhlouf, a close cousin of Bashar Assad, comes as the embattled president seeks to consolidate power and rein in war profiteers. Syria is preparing for a new phase of economic hardship and U.S.-led sanctions that some say might be more difficult to weather than war. (AP Photo/ Bassem Tellawi, File)

Syria's Assad seeks to control economy, goes after cousin

Jun. 4, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — On a summer day last year, presidential guards drove out of the charity organization founded by Syria’s wealthiest businessman and a close cousin of President Bashar Assad, carting away boxes of documents and computers. At the same time, the charity’s director was being...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a televised interview at the hauptstadtstudio (Capital city studio) of public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Thursday June 4, 2020. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

Germany's Merkel dismisses talk she might seek 5th term

Jun. 4, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday firmly rejected suggestions that she might seek a fifth term at the helm after pledging in 2018 to step down when her current government leaves office. Merkel's center-right Union bloc has seen its poll ratings climb since the beginning of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo State Department Inspector General Steve Linick leaves a meeting in a secure area at the Capitol in Washington. Linick irritated powerful Democrats and Republicans alike in his seven years as the independent watchdog investigating waste and mismanagement at the State Department. Still, he was stunned by a Friday night phone call saying President Donald Trump had fired him. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ousted State watchdog confirms investigations into Pompeo

Jun. 4, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Wednesday told members of three congressional committees that before he was abruptly fired, he was investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of government resources as well as the secretary’s decision to...

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sworn in before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Rosenstein says he wouldn't approve Russia warrant now

Jun. 3, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed. Rosenstein's...

Baltimore voters lean to former mayor when times were better

Jun. 3, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore mayor who argued crime was lower during her administration maintained her lead in the Democratic primary on Wednesday, even though her own tenure was cut short by scandal. While the race remained too close to call, Maryland political observers noted that the crowded...