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Text of SC Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State speech

Jan. 19, 2022 19:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's State of the State remarks as prepared for delivery on Wednesday: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen of the General Assembly, my fellow South Carolinians: We are here tonight to address...

UK's Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a series of lockdown-flouting government parties. Pressure...

Far-right presidential contender convicted of hate speech

Jan. 17, 2022 10:57 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour was convicted Monday of inciting racial hatred over 2020 comments he made about unaccompanied migrant children. A Paris court ordered Zemmour to pay a fine of 10,000 euros (more than $11,000) and several thousand...

Northam pardons scandal-scarred state Sen. Joe Morrissey

Jan. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EST

Virginia's outgoing governor has pardoned a state senator who was jailed after a sex scandal that involved a 17-year-old receptionist who later became his wife. Sen. Joe Morrissey told The Associated Press that Gov. Ralph Northam, a fellow Democrat, issued a pardon for the 2014...

Outgoing Virginia attorney general leaves progressive legacy

Jan. 14, 2022 14:22 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Critics of outgoing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring say he bent the law to suit his political goals. Herring, not surprisingly, sees it differently. “I have just always tried to use the powers of the office for good and do as much good for people...

Ex-EPA workers ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler

Jan. 14, 2022 13:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees urged the Virginia Senate on Friday to oppose the nomination of former EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's Cabinet. Youngkin announced last week that he had selected...

'I'm a better person': Northam reflects on his complex term

Jan. 14, 2022 11:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Ralph Northam first decided to jump into politics, he wasn't sure which party to join. He chose the Democrats, and a decade and a half later — after a quick rise in politics and an explosive scandal that nearly drove him from office — the...

Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware

Jan. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers called Wednesday for a committee to investigate rights abuses by European Union governments using powerful spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group. Meanwhile, the Polish Senate formally approved the formation of a committee to...

UK's Johnson apologizes for attending party during lockdown

Jan. 12, 2022 13:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized Wednesday for attending a garden party during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, but brushed aside demands that he resign for breaching the rules his own government had imposed on the nation. The apology, which stopped...

Lockdown party claims add to list of Boris Johnson scandals

Jan. 12, 2022 06:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Allegations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff held a “bring your own booze” garden party while Britain was in lockdown are just the latest claims of wrongdoing to rattle the leader. Cases of rule-bending and dishonesty have followed Johnson through his...