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DC prepares for 1st House statehood hearing in 25 years

Sep. 17, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 140 U.S. flags bearing an extra star are flying along Pennsylvania Avenue as Washington, D.C., prepares for its first House hearing on U.S. statehood in a quarter century. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser led a caravan toward to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to symbolize the city's fight for...

UK Parliament case opens at Supreme Court as Brexit nears

Sep. 17, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer urged Britain's Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule that Prime Minister Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union for the "improper purpose" of dodging scrutiny of his Brexit plans. The country's highest court is...

Challenge to NJ's donor disclosure law to be heard in court

Sep. 17, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a case brought by a right-leaning think tank against a recent New Jersey law requiring certain advocacy groups disclose their donors. Americans for Prosperity, the political network backed by conservative industrialist Charles Koch, sued...

House Judiciary Committee to hold 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 17, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation. Corey Lewandowski, Trump's outspoken former campaign manager, is scheduled to appear Tuesday to discuss the...

EU parliament endorses Lagarde as new central bank head

Sep. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Parliament has endorsed the nomination of Christine Lagarde to serve an eight-year term as the next president of the European Central Bank. The non-binding vote Tuesday in Strasburg, France, was 394 in favor and 206 against, with 49 abstentions. Lagarde, 63, was...

Israelis vote in repeat election centered on PM Netanyahu

Sep. 17, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis vote Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges. Netanyahu, the longest serving leader in Israeli history, is seeking a fourth consecutive term in...

New Jersey Senator Anthony Bucco dies of heart attack

Sep. 17, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state Sen. Anthony Bucco has died. A spokesman says the 81-year-old suffered "a major heart attack" Monday morning and died in the evening at Saint Clare's Hospital in Denville. The Republican represented the 25th legislative district for 24 years. The district includes...

The Latest: Arab leader urges high turnout in Israeli vote

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 1 p.m.: The leader of the main Arab faction in Israel's parliament says his constituents "must be first-class voters on the way to becoming first-class citizens." Ayman Odeh cast his ballot on Tuesday in the northern city of Haifa and...

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. The High Court registry confirmed that Cardinal...

The Latest: European Parliament group: No Brexit progress

Sep. 17, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 10:45 a.m. The leader of the European Parliament's biggest party group says no progress is being made in Brexit talks, around six weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union. The president of the...