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Options dwindling, GOP congressman appeals to keep his seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine's new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. A federal judge last week...

Ex-union official sentenced in federal corruption probe

Dec. 18, 2018 2:57 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers official convicted of accepting bribes from Fiat Chrysler executives has been sentenced to a year in prison. The U.S. Attorney's office says a federal judge in Detroit also ordered Nancy Johnson on Tuesday to pay a $10,000 fine. Johnson pleaded guilty in July to...

Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed; judge states disgust

Dec. 18, 2018 2:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday, saying he could not hide his disgust for Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI and warning that he could send the retired Army lieutenant general to...

The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he's ready to work

Dec. 18, 2018 2:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine's new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden's campaign says he's ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine's new election system. A federal judge...

The Latest: WH says Flynn was ambushed in FBI interview

Dec. 18, 2018 2:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The White House says it is not backing down from its criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interview of Mike Flynn, the former Trump national security...

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Dec. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling her suspension "malicious" and politically-motivated, a former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott. Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday...

The Latest: Greece accused of violently forcing out migrants

Dec. 18, 2018 2:03 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 7:45 p.m. An international rights watchdog has accused Greek authorities of violently forcing back migrants who tried to illegally enter Greece from neighboring Turkey. A Human Rights Watch statement has urged Greece to immediately...

Judges push back against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy

Dec. 18, 2018 1:49 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The 14 defendants had been charged with entering the country illegally. But there was a problem: When their cases were called in court, they could not show up because they had already been deported. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo quickly concluded that none of the migrants could be...

Federal judge delays sentencing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Dec. 18, 2018 1:06 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judge delays sentencing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Spanish court gears up for high-stakes trial of separatists

Dec. 18, 2018 10:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A preliminary hearing in a rebellion case against Catalan separatists Tuesday displayed some of the dynamics between defense and prosecutors expected during a trial that is likely to dominate Spanish politics. Altogether, 18 former politicians and activists from the Catalonia region are...