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Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, answers questions during an event with the Public Policy Institute of California in Sacramento on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 4:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the...
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August 15, 2018 - 1:15 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 4, 2018 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, looks at his phone during a ceremony in Istanbul. Erdogan said Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2018, that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis. Showing no signs of backing down in the standoff, Erdogan suggested that Turkey would stop procuring U.S.-made Iphones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel instead. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
August 15, 2018 - 5:56 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Amnesty International says a court in Istanbul has ruled for the release from prison of the rights group's former Turkey chairman. The decision to release Taner Kilic on Wednesday came a day after a Turkish...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2018, file photo, minutes after receiving the Republican Party endorsement for governor, Jeff Johnson pauses behind the stage, in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been supportive of President Donald Trump. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 8:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:05 p.m. County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has beaten former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota's Republican primary for governor, derailing Pawlenty's bid to reclaim his old job. Johnson won...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 14, 2018 - 7:02 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party's primary to seek a second term and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's...
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TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF CHIEF JUSTICE - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis enters the Supreme Court Chambers to announce her retirement before a news conference in the Supreme Court Chambers in Charleston, W. Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The announcement comes a day after the state House of Delegates voted to impeach all four state Supreme Court justices. (Craig Hudson /Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 1:09 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered...
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Pro-independence activist Andy Chan, left, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves Foreign Correspondents Club after delivering his speech in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Chan gave a speech to foreign journalists whose association defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 14, 2018 - 12:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. The government's demand raised questions about Beijing's growing...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2018, file photo, minutes after receiving the Republican Party endorsement for governor, Jeff Johnson pauses behind the stage, in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been supportive of President Donald Trump. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 13, 2018 - 9:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans who once criticized President Donald Trump are now fighting each other for his support. Minnesota faces a #metoo moment. And Democrats weigh whether to send the "Iron Stache" to Congress. What to watch as voters in four states — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and...
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Riot police use a water canon during a charge to clear the square during protests outside the government headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Romanians who live abroad are staging an anti-government protest calling on the left-wing government to resign and an early election.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
August 13, 2018 - 10:05 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Israel's embassy on Monday protested to the Romanian government after four Israeli tourists were allegedly dragged out of a taxi and beaten by riot police in Bucharest during a violent anti-corruption protest. The embassy described the Friday night attack as "unacceptable...
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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon arrive to hold their meeting at the northern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, North Korea, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Senior officials from the rival Koreas met Monday to set a date and venue for a third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, part of an effort to breathe new life into resolving the nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyongyang. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)
August 13, 2018 - 12:12 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September, while their envoys also discussed Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament efforts and international sanctions. The push for...
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