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Uruguay lawmakers Ok entry of US planes, soldiers for summit

Nov. 14, 2018 9:19 PM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday allowing eight U.S. aircraft and up to 400 American military personnel and civilians into the South American country to provide security for a Group of 20 summit of world leaders in neighboring Argentina. The law, which was...

Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Nov. 14, 2018 8:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The...

Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress. Trump said the bill "will make our communities safer and give former...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

The Latest: Bloomberg: Leader's GOP women claim misleading

Nov. 14, 2018 6:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional Republicans' leadership elections (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Michael Bloomberg's team says it's misleading for Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to claim that the billionaire is responsible for reducing the number of GOP women in Congress. Bloomberg...

The Latest: Native women's safety measure clears committee

Nov. 14, 2018 6:31 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on call to address the problem of missing and murdered Native American and Alaska Native women and girls (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at addressing the high number of missing and murdered Native American women. The U.S....

Flake vows to oppose judges unless Mueller bill gets a vote

Nov. 14, 2018 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he won't vote to confirm judicial nominees unless GOP leaders hold a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware went to the Senate floor on...

Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker's naming as acting AG

Nov. 14, 2018 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the case that President Donald Trump violated the law and Constitution by making Whitaker the country's chief law...

The Latest: Judge says he's unlikely to toss signature match

Nov. 14, 2018 5:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A federal judge says he is unlikely to let Florida election officials automatically count thousands of mail-in ballots that have signatures that do not match those on file. Democrats are asking U.S. District...

The Latest: Trump backs major rewrite of sentencing laws

Nov. 14, 2018 4:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a rewrite of criminal justice sentencing laws (all times local): 4:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's "thrilled" to support a bipartisan bill to reform federal sentencing guidelines. The legislation is the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing...