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Limestone County sheriff arrested on theft, ethics charges

Aug. 22, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was arrested Thursday on theft and ethics charges that include accusations of taking money from campaign and law enforcement accounts. Blakely, who has been sheriff of the north Alabama county since 1983, was booked into his own jail Thursday. He...

Sanders, Harris set for showdown in delegate-rich California

Aug. 22, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has promised to win the California presidential primary in March, but home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is defending her turf — putting the two on a collision course in a state both see as a critical steppingstone to the White House. Sanders' campaign...

$16 trillion Sanders climate plan builds on Green New Deal

Aug. 22, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan Thursday that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency. While the...

Longtime Courier Journal reporter Tom Loftus retiring

Aug. 22, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Longtime state government reporter Tom Loftus is retiring after a 35-year career at the Courier Journal. Loftus announced in a tweet Wednesday that he's retiring effective Oct. 1. He tweeted that his 43 years as a newspaperman — including several with The Kentucky Post —...

Outside money flows into race for Susan Collins' Senate seat

Aug. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises. Money is pouring into Maine's high-profile Senate race, threatening to...

Trump visits Kentucky to make pitch, raise funds for Bevin

Aug. 21, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Matt Bevin is a "great governor" who might not be fully appreciated, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, seeking to boost the incumbent's efforts against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in this year's Kentucky election. During a speech Wednesday at the AMVETS...

Today in History

Aug. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 21, 2000, rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of the 118 sailors had survived. On this date: In 1609,...

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that "two good people" are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as...

The Latest: Reeves tops Waller in campaign cash on hand

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi elections (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has nearly 10 times more campaign cash than his opponent in the Republican primary for governor. Documents filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday show Reeves had about $3.4...