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Anita Hill open to voting for Biden if he wins 2020 Dem nod

Jun. 13, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anita Hill says she'd be open to voting for Joe Biden if he wins the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Hill, who testified in 1991 that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, has criticized Biden for his handling of the hearings. Biden was chairman of the...

Rep. Walker won't challenge Sen. Tillis in NC GOP primary

Jun. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced Thursday that he won't challenge Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's Republican primary next year, a move that reflects a state political environment where a candidate's support for President Donald Trump can help make or break a campaign. Walker said...

Netanyahu's lawyer to attend pre-indictment hearing in fall

Jun. 10, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer says he will attend an October pre-indictment hearing after his request to further postpone it was rejected. Attorney Amit Hadad complained Monday that the hearing should have been delayed to give him more time to prepare, but confirmed he...

Man sentenced for threats to senators over Kavanaugh vote

Jun. 3, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a New York man to 18 months in prison on Monday for threatening to kill two U.S. senators who supported Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prosecutors sought an even longer sentence for Ronald DeRisi, saying he went to great lengths to mask...

McConnell: 'We'd fill' any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

May. 29, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate majority leader says if there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court during next year's election cycle, the Republican-controlled Senate would likely confirm a nominee selected by President Donald Trump. In an appearance Tuesday in Paducah, Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told...

Pentagon nominee focuses on China despite Mideast tensions

May. 29, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tensions may be high in the Middle East, but the man chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon is turning his focus to China. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrived Wednesday in Asia on a high-profile weeklong trip that is intended to reinforce that China is...

Chicago officer recorded asking teen for sex is fired

May. 28, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who allegedly asked a 17-year-old girl for sex in return for getting her mother's impounded car released by the city has been fired. The Chicago Tribune reports that the city's police board agreed with Superintendent Eddie Johnson's recommendation to fire Officer...

FAA chief defends handling of Boeing Max safety approval

May. 15, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration defended his agency's safety certification of the Boeing 737 Max jetliner, the plane involved in two deadly crashes, and the FAA's decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so. During a...

The Latest: FAA acting head stands by safety certification

May. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigation into safety review of the troubled Boeing 737 Max (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before...

Federal judges have a way to make investigations disappear

May. 10, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest way for federal judges facing investigation by their peers to make an inquiry go away is to utter two words: "I quit." That's how appellate judges Maryanne Trump Barry and Alex Kozinski ended investigations into complaints that Barry participated in fraudulent tax schemes and...