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Sen. Richard Burr R-NC., displays a stress ball as he walks to the Senate Chamber prior to the start of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trial highlights: Conspiracy theories and fidget spinners

Jan. 24, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats argued that President Donald Trump sought a phony investigation of a political rival and pursued a discredited conspiracy theory about Ukraine, while restless senators played with a toy handed out by a colleague Thursday during Trump's impeachment trial. Highlights of Thursday's...

Gianforte draws barbs at Montana GOP gubernatorial debate

Jan. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rep. Greg Gianforte took some shots from his fellow Republican candidates for governor during the primary election’s first debate featuring all three candidates on Thursday. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox suggested Gianforte would best serve the party by not abandoning his...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

'Bogus' Ukraine theory led to Trump's abuse, Dems tell trial

Jan. 23, 2020 11:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case Thursday at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press...

Florida Supreme Court on the death penalty: We got it wrong

Jan. 23, 2020 11:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday it erred in 2016 when it ruled a jury must be unanimous in deciding a convicted murderer should be sentenced to death, announcing a dramatic legal reversal that could affect dozens of death row cases. The opinion pulled back from the court's...

NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the NCAA convention Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NCAA's Emmert: 'Our job' to solve athlete compensation

Jan. 23, 2020 9:54 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke for 20 minutes Thursday in a crowded ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, two huge video boards on either side of the stage showing his image so the folks way in the back could see. He said many outside that room view college sports as...

Alaska Legislature to consider veto overrides

Jan. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet Friday to consider overriding some of the vetoes made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, though the House speaker said it remains to be seen if the votes are there. At least 45 votes among the 60-person Legislature are needed for an override. House Speaker...

Alice White displays a package of Huggies disposable wipes at Pucci's Leader Pharmacy in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, that would require products that cannot be flushed down the toilet to be clearly labeled as such was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. It now goes for a vote in the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California could limit 'flushable' wipes tied to sewer clogs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wet wipes, those single-use wet tissues for babies and adults wanting something more than just toilet paper, are the scourge of sewer systems nationwide, according to several cities challenging claims that the products are safe to flush. Legislation in California that advanced on...

San Diego removes controversial sex offender law after suit

Jan. 23, 2020 8:49 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego will remove a law that restricted potential living locations for registered sex offenders who are no longer on parole for their crimes, according to a news report Thursday. The Child Protection Act of 2008 prohibited all registered sex offenders regardless of parole...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, rifles are lined up and ready to be auctioned at Johnny's Auction House, where the company handles gun sales for about a half dozen police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, in Rochester, Wash. After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

House passes bill to let State Patrol destroy crime guns

Jan. 23, 2020 8:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations. The measure gives the State Patrol the option available to all other law enforcement agencies in the state...

Prison system seeks money to hire more officers

Jan. 23, 2020 8:26 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's corrections chief on Thursday asked lawmakers for a $42 million funding increase as the state tries to combat “unacceptably high” violence and comply with a federal court order to add 2,200 officers by 2022. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn made the request...