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APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

Kansas Voter Registration Lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor’s pardon for a corporate campaign donor’s vice president whose crime, police said, involved threatening a cab driver by putting a gun to his head. Kobach, a Republican and leading candidate for Kansas...


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Judge disputes California aimed to hinder border enforcement

California Immigration Lawsuit-2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After repeatedly suing the Trump administration over U.S. immigration policies, California found itself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending state protections for people in the country illegally against a court challenge by the federal government. The Justice...


Government

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

EPA Pruitt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican senator on Wednesday mounted a strong public defense of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt “outrageous” and “lies.” Sen. James Inhofe, from Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma, spoke after summoning Pruitt...


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Virginia health care providers sue over abortion regulations

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of women’s health care providers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a number of Virginia’s abortion regulations in light of a landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The lawsuit filed in federal court challenges Virginia laws, some decades old, that restrict...


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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick punished over abuse finding

Sexual Misconduct Cardinal

NEW YORK (AP) — The retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., whose sexual misconduct with adults led to previously undisclosed legal settlements, has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over a “credible” allegation that he sexually abused a teenager while a...


Government

Trump postpones Thursday's annual congressional picnic

Trump Congressional Picnic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump postponed Thursday’s annual White House picnic for members of Congress, saying the “timing doesn’t feel right” given the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where the government has been separating migrant children from families entering the country...


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Children arriving on border await fate in immigration courts

Immigration Children

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The little girl wearing pink party shoes topped with bows smiled from her seat in a Los Angeles immigration courtroom. The 7-year-old is happy now that she is worlds away from the violence in her native El Salvador. Gang gunfire once forced her to hit the floor inside her home....


Business

Fed chair signals gradual rate hikes in tame inflation era

Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Reserve will likely keep raising short-term interest rates at only a gradual pace, Fed chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday, partly because there are few signs, so far, that the ultra-low U.S. unemployment rate is pushing up inflation. In a speech in Portugal,...


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Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

Police Shooting Teen Killed-1

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop late Tuesday in a confrontation partly captured on video from a nearby home. Investigators said Wednesday that the car stopped in the town of East Pittsburgh matched the...


Government

The Latest: Senate GOP introduces immigration bill

Trump Immigration Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration legislation (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Senate Republicans have introduced legislation aimed at keeping migrant children with parents being held after illegally crossing the U.S. border. The seven-page measure is the Senate GOP’s response to a bipartisan...


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