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Former US Sen. Al Franken tests welcome on speaking circuit

Aug. 25, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political career. The Star Tribune reports that tickets went on sale Friday for "An Evening with Al Franken" Oct. 2 at...

Virginia Tech victims' families plea again for gun control

Aug. 25, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twelve years ago, Andrew Goddard, whose son Colin survived four bullet wounds at the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, sat in a room at the Capitol in Richmond and watched state lawmakers reject a measure that would have expanded background checks for firearm sales. "We're not giving up on...

Report: Lawmaker accused of misconduct won't seek reelection

Aug. 24, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct has told his Republican colleagues that he won't run for reelection in 2020. The Tennessean reports state Rep. David Byrd announced his decision during a closed-door caucus meeting shortly before the start of Friday's special...

Baltimore mayor and governor discuss efforts to fight crime

Aug. 24, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's governor and Baltimore's mayor are looking at ways for the state and the city to work better together to fight rising crime. The Baltimore Sun reports Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young met for more than an hour Friday with the city's police commissioner. Hogan,...

Gilliard wants building named after convicted SC lawmaker

Aug. 24, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker said it's time to forgive a former state senator who resigned amid a campaign spending scandal and give him the recognition he deserves. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard wants South Carolina State University to name its new building in Charleston after former...

Corruption trial for Sudan's ex-president adjourns

Aug. 24, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of Sudan's autocratic former president Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges was adjourned for one week following testimony from several witnesses Saturday. Al-Bashir, who appeared in court in a cage, was ousted by the military in April after months of mass...

Lawyer calls ex-Peruvian president's US detention 'inhumane'

Aug. 23, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has been kept in solitary confinement and only allowed to go outdoors once in the month he has been in U.S. custody while fighting extradition to his native country in a corruption case, his defense attorney said. Federal Public Defender...

Pelosi says public doesn't support impeachment

Aug. 23, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still isn't ready to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Pelosi told House Democrats on a conference call Friday, "The public isn't there on impeachment." She told them the case needs to be "as strong" as possible. "If and when we act,...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Aug. 23, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the Tennessee House during a special legislative session after lawmakers disagreed over procedural rules. Democratic Rep. John Ray...