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Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?

Feb. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina's election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election. GOP candidate Mark Harris gave up his fight Thursday to be...

Felony count axed for 1st black woman elected Texas sheriff

Feb. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EST

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A judge has thrown out a felony record-tampering indictment against the first black woman elected sheriff in Texas. Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens had been indicted last April on a state jail felony indictment of record tampering, along with two misdemeanor campaign finance...

Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of congressional testimony

Feb. 21, 2019 6:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, visited the Senate intelligence committee's offices on Thursday, meeting with his lawyers in preparation for three days of congressional testimony next week. Cohen and one of his lawyers, Lanny Davis, each declined to say why they...

GOP fundraiser admits fraud; accused of spending on escorts

Feb. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services....

Poland ruling party allegedly financed politics from charity

Feb. 21, 2019 12:43 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers on Thursday demanded explanations from the ruling party about reports that one of its regional offices used donations for the Red Cross to finance its parliamentary campaign. Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported recently that Red Cross funds raised from the...

After surgery, Michael Cohen's prison date postponed to May

Feb. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was granted a few more weeks of freedom Wednesday after his lawyers said he's still recovering from surgery and hasn't had time to get his affairs in order because he's preparing to testify before Congress next week. U.S....

The Latest: Trump lawyer Cohen reschedules public testimony

Feb. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Michael Cohen's prison date (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has rescheduled his public testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Cohen will testify before the committee Feb. 27, a day before he talks to the...

Senate approves bill seeking transparency in political ads

Feb. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure that requires political action committees to list the top five donors on political ads. The chamber passed Senate Bill 5221 on a 33-14 vote Wednesday. It now heads to the House for consideration. The measure requires listing of the top five individuals...

Analysis: Sanders may not need 2016 magic to be 2020 force

Feb. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign? To win the nomination, he may not need to. As Sanders, a 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist, formally launches his 2020 campaign, the lessons of President Donald Trump's victory in...

The Latest: Sanders' 2020 campaign raises $4M in half a day

Feb. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Bernie Sanders' announcement that he is running for president in 2020 (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Bernie Sanders' campaign says he has raised more than $4 million in the 12 hours since announcing his 2020 presidential campaign. The Vermont senator said Tuesday that...