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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 photo, Council of State head Katerina Sakellaropoulou speaks during a panel discussion in Athens. Katerina Sakellaropoulou is set to become the country's first female president in a vote scheduled in parliament Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government's nomination. (Giorgos Zachos/InTime News via AP)

Greece: Top judge set to become first female president

Jan. 21, 2020 7:51 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A high court judge is set to become Greece's first female president after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government's nomination. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, has served as president of the Council of State, a top administrative court, for the past 15 months. A...

A copy of a Senate draft resolution to be offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., regarding the procedures during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate is photographed in Washington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. McConnell is proposing a condensed, two-day calendar for opening arguments in Trump's impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial with long days

Jan. 20, 2020 8:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate leader proposed a compressed calendar for opening statements, White House lawyers argued for swift rejection of the “flimsy” charges and the Capitol braced for the contentious proceedings unfolding...

Giuliani associate in campaign cash probe seeks Barr recusal

Jan. 20, 2020 6:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns has asked Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself in the case and appoint a special prosecutor. The request is made in a letter filed Monday in the docket of the federal...

Riot police stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters, during ongoing protests against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Lebanese security forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside the country's Parliament on Sunday, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting in the capital. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanese officials vow to step up security after riots

Jan. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's top security officials vowed Monday to crack down on vandalism after a week of rioting in Beirut that left hundreds of people injured and damaged public and private property — violence that comes against the backdrop of a deepening political deadlock. The announcement...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and New Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attend a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. Putin first presented the proposed changes in his state-of-the-nation address Wednesday,...

Contested races for 2 Nevada Supreme Court seats on ballot

Jan. 18, 2020 2:01 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters will face contested rates for the two state Supreme Court seats up for grabs in 2020. Three candidates filed by Friday's filing deadline for judicial candidates to run for each of the two positions on the state high court the Nevada Appeal reports. Candidates for the...

Appeals court rules against convict over gender pronouns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A transgender convict has lost a federal appeal to have her name changed in court records — and to have the appeals court refer to her with feminine pronouns. The case of Norman Varner — now Katherine Nicole Jett — divided a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

Las Cruces native Rick Montoya announces run for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces businessman has entered the contest for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, adding to a list of Republicans looking for a nomination. Rick Montoya, 72, announced his candidacy at Roberto's Mexican Restaurant in Las Cruces, Las Cruces Sun News reported Thursday. Montoya is the...

Judge, lawyer, AG's staffer finalists for top Kansas court

Jan. 17, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates' names to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She...