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Israel's Netanyahu limps into new election campaign

Dec. 12, 2019 2:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel heading to its third straight election in a year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to buy some much-needed time as he tries to fend off a slew of criminal corruption charges. But the embattled Israeli leader heads into the three-month campaign weakened...

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

Dec. 12, 2019 1:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room. House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday. But the political battle over Trump's fate is sweeping across the Capitol, the White House and Washington on the cusp of...

Group of lawmakers plans to push climate legislation

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of lawmakers plans to push ahead with legislation in the next session to reduce Vermont's carbon emissions. Members of the Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus held public forums around the state in recent weeks to speak with residents about how they want to see...

Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia

Dec. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a new ambassador to Russia after the Senate voted Thursday to confirm the No. 2 official at the State Department to the post. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was confirmed by a 70-22 vote. An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the...

Family files lawsuit over deadly New Mexico school shooting

Dec. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The family of a New Mexico student who was killed when a gunman opened fire inside Aztec High School in 2017 is suing the school district and police, saying more could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Casey Jordan Marquez’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last...

Hope, worry, lawsuits as NY enacts immigrant license law

Dec. 12, 2019 12:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law allowing New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally is set to take effect Monday, though immigrants might still face hurdles in some parts of the state. Some county clerks ideologically opposed to the law have challenged...

Warren gets campaign effort going in Pennsylvania

Dec. 12, 2019 12:47 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren's campaign is moving to become the first in the Democratic presidential primary to hire field staff and open field offices in Pennsylvania, early moves in a late primary state that could become an important prize if the nominee remains in doubt past March. Warren's...

Canadian opposition Conservative leader resigns

Dec. 12, 2019 12:43 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's opposition Conservative leader said Thursday he will resign as party leader after weeks of party infighting. The decision came weeks after he lost the federal election in October and amid calls from within his own party to resign. Andrew Scheer, 40, called it one one of the most...

'Turf wars' alarm Florida panel probing Parkland shooting

Dec. 12, 2019 12:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida grand jury looking into last year's Parkland school shooting chided schools, law enforcement and other local jurisdictions over continued "turf wars" that could hamper the response to another crisis. In a report released late Wednesday, the statewide grand jury said the...

Judiciary panel moves steadily toward Trump impeachment vote

Dec. 12, 2019 12:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee argued through a marathon session Thursday ahead of voting to send impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the full House, the latest big step as the politically split Congress debates whether to remove Trump from office. Speaker Nancy Pelosi...