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Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, though increasingly conservative in makeup, rejected the latest major Republican-led effort to kill the national health care law known as “Obamacare” on Thursday, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The...

McMaster picks businessman to helm South Carolina Commerce

Jun. 17, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday nominated longtime business executive Harry M. Lightsey III to serve as the next state commerce secretary, putting forth the first new name to lead the agency in more than a decade. The former...

Airline pilot guilty of killing three neighbors in Kentucky

Jun. 17, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former commercial airline pilot of killing three of his neighbors in western Kentucky. Christian R. Martin, 53, was found guilty on Wednesday of murder, arson, attempted arson, burglary and tampering with physical...

Commission selects three candidates to fill judicial vacancy

Jun. 17, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Trial Court Vacancy Commission on Wednesday selected three possible candidates to fill a vacancy in the 19th Judicial Circuit. The commission selected Robert T. Bateman, Carl Daniel Brollier Jr. and Max D. Fagan, according to a news...

Selection process begins for Supreme Court succession

Jun. 17, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The selection process is underway to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the departure of Barbara Vigil at the end of June. A bipartisan nominating commission is scheduled on Thursday to interview candidates for the high court...

Giuliani gets first shot at excluding materials from raids

Jun. 16, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani and his lawyers will get to designate which materials seized from him will be reviewed by a court-appointed expert reviewer to determine what should never be seen by federal prosecutors. Barbara Jones, who will serve as the “special...

Biden ambassador nominees include envoys to Israel, Mexico

Jun. 15, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled picks for nine ambassadorial postings, tapping career diplomats steeped in foreign policy experience — as well as political allies and aviation hero ”Sully” Sullenberger. The picks include former Interior...

W.Va. high court: Governor was right in appointing lawmaker

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court said Republican Gov. Jim Justice acted within his right when he appointed a lawmaker to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The high court said in a filing this month that Justice had not erred in naming...

GOP operative's pick for broadcasting board prompts concern

Jun. 15, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's nomination of a Republican Party operative to a public broadcasting oversight board has prompted concern about the appointee's credentials and whether the GOP governor will use his political muscle to fill multiple expired seats. ...