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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu corruption trial to begin weeks after March 2 vote

Feb. 18, 2020 10:15 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The corruption trial for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, just two weeks after national elections are held, a court said Tuesday. The surprise announcement immediately shook up the final stretch of the contentious election campaign, upending Netanyahu's...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his campaign launch of

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

Feb. 18, 2020 10:08 AM EST

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads. A new NPR/PBS...

Norbert Roettgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Roettgen, a former environment minister, on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German ex-environment minister seeks to lead Merkel's party

Feb. 18, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former German environment minister on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. Norbert Roettgen, the 54-year-old chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, announced...

Finance panel pushes GOP tax cuts to full Senate, Assembly

Feb. 17, 2020 7:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers began a last-minute drive to pass their $250 million income tax cut plan Monday, pushing the bill through the Legislature's finance committee and setting up floor votes in the Senate and Assembly this week. The measure is moving with breathtaking speed as the GOP...

Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and other Republicans announce a slate of bills during a news conference on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at the state Capitol in St. Paul that are aimed at reducing violent crime in Minneapolis and St. Paul and on the Metro Transit system. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota House GOP proposes crackdown on urban crime

Feb. 17, 2020 6:35 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The GOP minority in the Minnesota House announced a slate of bills Monday aimed at reducing rising violent crime in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and on the Metro Transit system, drawing a sharp retort from Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Urban crime is already developing into...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party

The Latest: Warren calls for party unity in taking on Trump

Feb. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 2 p.m. Elizabeth Warren is preaching Democratic unity in taking on President Donald Trump, a challenge she framed as an existential crisis for America. Warren, having partly recovered her voice after catching a cold, said at a...

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, from left, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Gov. Tim Walz, House Assistant Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent gather for a forum with media at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

Top Minnesota Republican optimistic about keeping majority

Feb. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said Monday that he’s optimistic about his party’s chances for maintaining and even expanding its narrow control over the Senate despite the impending retirements of a couple prominent lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Paul...

FILE - This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Feb. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott backs Weld in GOP primary

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is throwing his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination. The endorsement comes about two weeks before Vermont and other states participate in the “Super Tuesday” primaries on March 3....

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg gives his thumbs-up after speaking during a campaign event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Bloomberg takes veiled swipe at rival's aggressive loyalists

Feb. 17, 2020 11:11 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With the Nevada caucuses less than a week away, Democratic presidential candidates campaigning were fixated on a rival who wasn't contesting the state. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg all went after billionaire Mike Bloomberg and made...