Ex-US Rep. Messer takes job with Washington lobbying firm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Former Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer is joining a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.

Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting announced Tuesday that Messer will be co-leader of its federal advocacy group and advise businesses and others nationwide on federal regulatory and policy developments.

Messer spent six years as ...

Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA’s permanent chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the position.

Wheeler's roughly six-month tenure as the agency's acting administrator has been ...

Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that ...

Philippines arrests, hands over to China corruption fugitive

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine officials have turned over to China a former government official wanted for alleged economic crime and corruption.

Xie Haojie (SHEE'-ye hao-JEE'-ye) was arrested on Sunday in Manila in an operation coordinated with Chinese authorities.

The 49-year-old is wanted back home on charges of corruption that ...

New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala (AP) - The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers.

About 500 people, including dozens of children, lined up to show their documents to a first line of ...

Ocasio-Cortez set to join Maxine Waters on key financial services committee

Self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and progressive firebrand Rashida Tlaib are among the freshman representatives slated to join California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters on the influential House Financial Services Committee, according to several individuals familiar with the matter.

Oversight board won’t release video of hospital shooting

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability says it won't release video or audio tapes of the November shooting at a hospital that left a police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident and the suspected shooter dead.

In a statement Tuesday, COPA said it's basing its decision on an exemption ...