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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...

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...

Dem's lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race

Nov. 16, 2018 8:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group have launched ads questioning...

The Latest: Judge rejects suit over Florida mail-in ballots

Nov. 16, 2018 7:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida recount (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A federal judge is rejecting a lawsuit that challenged Florida's vote-by-mail deadlines. A veterans voting rights group and Democrats challenged the Florida law that said ballots mailed inside the United States could...

The Latest: GOP senator hits challenger over lobbying work

Nov. 16, 2018 6:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 5:10 p.m. As Mississippi's U.S. Senate race intensifies, Republicans are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later charged with crimes against humanity....

AP Explains: Workers try to decipher intent in hand recount

Nov. 16, 2018 5:43 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate's name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, they mistake the abbreviation for "Republican Party" with the abbreviation for "Reform Party" and pick both in the same race. Some voters just cast blank...

The Latest: Trump recognizes "extraordinary Americans"

Nov. 16, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Presidential Medal of Freedom (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump has recognized seven "extraordinary Americans" with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It's the highest honor America gives a civilian. Recipients include doctor and Republican Party donor...

Julian Castro says O'Rourke's future no factor in 2020 bid

Nov. 16, 2018 2:55 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julian Castro said Friday that his decision about running in 2020 won't be influenced by whether Texas' other high-profile Democrat, Congressman Beto O'Rourke, also makes his own bid for the White House. Texas is a pipeline of presidential contenders, churning out several major...