Government and politics

February 19, 2018 - 2:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany has urged the party's followers to reject violence. Joerg Meuthen wrote on his Facebook page that he was prompted to speak out after readers of an earlier column had written that "violence is necessary." In a post late Sunday...
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February 18, 2018 - 11:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will likely ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls...
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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 18, 2018 - 11:12 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the president pro tempore, arrives at the Capitol for weekly policy meetings, in Washington. Colbie Holderness, an ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said Sunday, Feb. 18, that she has received a letter of apology from Hatch, the Utah Republican who defended his former aide from "a vile attack" after Holderness and another ex-wife accused Porter of domestic abuse. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 18, 2018 - 8:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter says she has received a letter of apology from Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who defended his former aide from "a vile attack" after two ex-wives accused Porter of domestic abuse. Porter resigned Feb. 7 after the...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2014 file photo, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, right, walks past a board displaying photos of gunman Elliot Rodger and the weapons he used in a mass shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., after a news conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. A growing number of states have passed laws or are considering bills allowing courts to temporarily remove guns from individuals deemed a danger to themselves or others, an intervention that advocates say stops shootings and suicides by disturbed individuals. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 18, 2018 - 5:44 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment. In Florida, that wasn'...
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Kosovo Security Force honor guard members march during a military and police force parade in Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018, marking the 10th anniversary of the country's independence. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
February 18, 2018 - 8:54 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, convened in a special session Sunday to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence — a ceremony boycotted by the country's ethnic Serb lawmakers. Speaker Kadri Veseli pledged that "the second decade of independence would be focused...
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February 18, 2018 - 7:53 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former South African state prosecutor who led the case against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is prepared to take legal action against Jacob Zuma, the ex-president who left office last week following a series of scandals. A group called AfriForum said Sunday that Gerrie...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 18, 2018 file photo, Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Riga, Latvia. Latvia's state broadcaster said Saturday Feb. 18, 2018, that the national anti-corruption agency raided the office and a property of the head of the country's central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov, File)
February 18, 2018 - 7:52 am
LONDON (AP) — Latvia's top banking official and key member of the European Central Bank was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the nation's financial system. Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics...
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In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Duckworth doesn't blend in, and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraqi War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly-white, mostly-male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due in April, the Illinois Democrat will be the first senator to give birth while in office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 18, 2018 - 7:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. The Iraqi War veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down, is an Asian-American woman in the mostly-white, mostly-male Senate. With a baby due in April, she'll become the...
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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, leaves after paying his respects to the family of Morgan Tsvangirai, in Harare, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Zimbabwe's veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, aged 65, died Wednesday bringing an end to his long campaign to lead the country. Tsvangirai is set to be buried at his rural home in Buhera on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
February 18, 2018 - 7:27 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president Sunday visited the home of deceased opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pay condolences to his family and to urge unity as power struggles within the opposition have heightened tensions. President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged that his government will...
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