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Ex-NJ police chief sentencing postponed for medical reasons

Apr. 11, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The sentencing of a former New Jersey police chief, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and is awaiting retrial on hate crime assault and civil rights violation charges, was postponed. Former Bordentown Township police chief Frank Nucera, 64, had...

Anti-Islamic ex-lawmaker named Oklahoma GOP chairman

Apr. 11, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state representative with a reputation for anti-Islamic rhetoric has been elected as chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Former state Rep. John Bennett won a first-ballot victory at the party convention Saturday at the Oklahoma City...

Trump goes after Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors

Apr. 11, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was supposed to be a unifying weekend for a Republican Party at war with itself over former President Donald Trump’s divisive leadership. But Trump himself shattered two days of relative peace in his closing remarks to the GOP’s top donors when he insulted the...

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president's power

Apr. 11, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. The commission said results from 90% of the polling places showed 79% approval of the...

Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to...

Proposal allowing ATVs on Alaska roads draws safety concerns

Apr. 11, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration to allow off-road vehicles on Alaska roads has raised safety concerns and enforcement questions. Currently, state law only allows people to drive off-road vehicles across roads and not on...

Hawaii Tourism Authority bill advances to full Senate

Apr. 11, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is managed in Hawaii with amendments that some argue limit the duties and resources of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The bill was...

Some GOP-led states target abortions done through medication

Apr. 11, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

About 40% of all abortions in the U.S. are now done through medication — rather than surgery — and that option has become all the more pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion rights advocates say the pandemic has demonstrated the value of medical care provided...

University system seeking input in implementing campus carry

Apr. 11, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — In an era marred by gun violence, the Montana University System is looking to neighboring states and public input as it prepares to allow concealed carry of firearms on campus. The new firearm carry law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte on...

Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics

Apr. 11, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the...