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Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts

Nov. 17, 2018 10:07 AM EST

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in Pennsylvania and North Carolina illustrate the importance of how...

Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

Nov. 17, 2018 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving break in what has turned out to be an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw...

Trump expects CIA briefing Saturday on Khashoggi killing

Nov. 17, 2018 9:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump awaited a briefing Saturday from the CIA on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after a U.S. official said American intelligence agencies had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing. The Saudi government has denied that claim....

Trump: EPA's acting chief will be named to post permanently

Nov. 17, 2018 2:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump's nod for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Senators draft resolution for Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 17, 2018 12:07 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Senate resolution has been introduced to designate November as Native American Heritage month. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Friday announced the resolution sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat. Hoeven is...

Today in History

Nov. 17, 2018 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm...

Dem struggle over Pelosi bid, with no end game in sight

Nov. 16, 2018 10:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified Friday as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a...

California GOP ponders way forward after stunning losses

Nov. 16, 2018 9:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a speech to fellow Republicans in May, U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters issued an ominous warning about the coming election — California Democrats, she said, were "coming for all of us." She was right. The congresswoman's stunning defeat Thursday in the heart of Orange County, once a...

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 9:02 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not...

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Nov. 16, 2018 9:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...