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Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser to investigate Baltimore police

Oct. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

A former federal prosecutor who represented one of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accusers has been picked to lead an independent review of a corruption-plagued unit of the Baltimore Police Department, the department's chief announced Wednesday. Michael Bromwich will have "full autonomy" to conduct...

AP Interview: Franco grandson blasts Spain over exhumation

Oct. 23, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The grandson of late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco said that Thursday's planned exhumation of his grandfather's body is a "profanation" and that Spain's interim government wants to turn it into a rally before a Nov. 10 general election. Francisco Franco Martínez-Bordiú spoke to The...

Ginsburg to receive $1 million Berggruen Prize

Oct. 23, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the winner of this year's $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture. The award announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute honors Ginsburg for her pioneering legal work for gender equality and her support for...

Today in History

Oct. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2019. There are 69 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica. On this date: In...

Supreme Court lawyer writes Trump impeachment book

Oct. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Neal Katyal is all in for impeaching the president. The former acting solicitor general of the United States and MSNBC commentator has written "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the book, co-written with Sam Koppelman, comes out Nov....

Polish ruling party seeks vote recount after loss of Senate

Oct. 22, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party has requested a recount in six districts of votes for candidates to the Senate after losing control of that chamber in the country's recent election. The request sparked accusations from opposition parties that Law and Justice, the ruling party, was...

Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions

Oct. 21, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Associate Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that it "behooves" the U.S. Supreme Court to realize in these polarized times that there's a danger of the public seeing it as just a political institution — and to strive to counter that perception. Speaking at the University of...

Poll: Most believe justices motivated by law, not politics

Oct. 21, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of respondents to a new poll say U.S. Supreme Court justices base their decisions on the law rather than politics. The Marquette University Law School poll released Monday found 64% of respondents said they believe the law, rather than politics, mostly motivates the...

The Latest: UK speaker deals new blow to govt Brexit plan

Oct. 21, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The speaker of Britain's House of Commons has turned down the government's bid for a new vote on its Brexit divorce deal, in a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to take the country out...

Today in History

Oct. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2019. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1892, schoolchildren across the U.S. observed Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, for the first time, the original version of "The Pledge of...