Government and politics

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 12, 2017 - 11:26 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct...
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December 12, 2017 - 10:10 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering...
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December 12, 2017 - 9:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot." The Associated Press reviewed dozens of text messages between FBI counterintelligence...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 12, 2017 - 9:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2015, file photo, visitors gather at an outlook on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days it allows visitors to get in for free. After waiving entrance fees for 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, that it will have four no-cost days next year. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)
December 12, 2017 - 7:32 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year. After waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. California and the Trump administration will square off at a key federal court hearing in Oakland to help a judge decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam is not expected to immediately issue a ruling at the hearing Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 12, 2017 - 7:31 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis urged a federal...
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December 12, 2017 - 7:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn't want your pot business to go up in smoke. That's why he's in a new public service announcement publicizing a California secretary of state website for budding marijuana entrepreneurs. California recently began accepting...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center, listens to a staffer before answering questions at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gillibrand says President Donald Trump’s latest tweet about her was a “sexist smear” aimed at silencing her voice. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 12, 2017 - 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off the renewed focus on sexual harassment allegations against him, President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, declaring the New York Democrat and frequent presidential critic had come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "...
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December 12, 2017 - 3:25 pm
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city councilman has been charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter. The Newport Daily News reports Newport Councilman John Florez said after his arrest Monday he plans to fight the charge...
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This Dec. 11, 2017 image released by ABC shows host Jimmy Kimmel with his son Billy on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)
December 12, 2017 - 2:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress to restore and improve children's health coverage, a cause he has...
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