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Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

Mar. 20, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old...

Justices take up racial bias in Mississippi jury selection

Mar. 20, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor's decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate's jury in a murder trial. The appeal before the court Wednesday comes from inmate Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Three...

Trump keeps a sharp focus on Ohio as 2020 campaign nears

Mar. 20, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump's visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year's midterm election campaign, when the state was a rare bright spot for...

Records show special counsel zeroed in on Cohen early on

Mar. 19, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, in the early stages of his Russia probe. The heavily blacked-out records, released by a judge...

O'Rourke seeks end of voter ID laws that he calls 'racist'

Mar. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is calling for an end to what he sees as "racist voter ID laws" during his first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire. Speaking at Keene State College on Tuesday, the former Texas congressman also called for expanding same-day voter registration, as well as...

Warren takes aim at Electoral College in 3-day trip to South

Mar. 19, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-state Southern swing on Tuesday with appearances in Alabama, where the Democratic presidential candidate ramped up her call to eliminate the Electoral College. Warren told an enthusiastic audience of 500 in the state's largest city,...

Trump heats up feud with top aide Kellyanne Conway's husband

Mar. 19, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barreling into an awkward public fight with the spouse of a top aide, President Donald Trump targeted Kellyanne Conway's husband on Twitter on Tuesday after the attorney repeatedly questioned the president's mental health. Trump labeled George Conway as "A total loser!" The attorney has...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams talks 2020, voter suppression

Mar. 19, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams said Tuesday she's willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls "My two requirements," Abrams said while speaking at Vanderbilt...

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

Mar. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement. For the social network, that's one major legal problem down, several to go, including government investigations in the U.S. and Europe over...

Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

Mar. 20, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history. That's what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel's Russia probe. Now, barring an eleventh-hour surprise, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially...

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Court upholds $1.6M judgment against W.Va. consulting firm

Mar. 20, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that a West Virginia consulting firm must pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and damages to 70 employees. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's ruling in...

Ex-W.Va. security guard accused of firearms theft

Mar. 20, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former security guard at a federal facility in West Virginia has been indicted on charges that he stole and sold firearms and ammunition. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg related to the thefts from a Bureau of...

World markets mostly lower as investors await Fed report

Mar. 20, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe early Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy statement, after a lackluster day of trading in Asia. Germany's DAX sank 0.8 percent to 11,695.08 and the CAC 40 in France gave up 0.1 percent to 5,418.15. Britain's FTSE 100 slipped less than 0.1...

Clinic accused of 'liberally' prescribing unneeded opioids

Mar. 20, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of "liberally" prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers. News outlets report the U.S. Department of Justice joined three lawsuits this month that accuse the company, Pain Management...

Trump keeps a sharp focus on Ohio as 2020 campaign nears

Mar. 20, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump's visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year's midterm election campaign, when the state was a rare bright spot for...

Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

Mar. 20, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old...

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses

Mar. 20, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won't plant this year. But that's not his biggest worry. He and other farmers have worked until midnight for days to move grain, equipment and fuel...

APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund

Mar. 20, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

California National Guard to leave border, help stop fires

Mar. 20, 2019 1:37 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It's pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts and...

Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

Mar. 20, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house...