Stand-ins to decide who sits on West Virginia Supreme Court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A group of judicial stand-ins representing West Virginia's Supreme Court was hearing challenges Monday to GOP Gov. Jim Justice's appointments of two Republican politicians to replace two departed justices.

Democrats have called the impeachments that imploded the state's highest court an unprecedented power grab by the ...

Russian national held in Norway after European conference

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A 51-year-old Russian national has been arrested in Norway on suspicion of spying during a conference on strengthening cooperation between Europe's parliamentary administrations.

Lawyer Hege Aakre told the Norwegian news agency NTB Monday that her client, who was not identified, was being questioned by Norway's domestic ...

3 Saudi human rights activists awarded “Alternative Nobel”

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The Right Livelihood Award - known as the "Alternative Nobel" - has been given to three jailed Saudi human rights defenders and two Latin American anti-corruption crusaders.

The prize foundation says Monday that the 1 million kronor ($113,400) cash award for 2018 was to be shared ...

New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political."

The president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Kavanaugh, a development that further imperiled his nomination to ...

Inside Democrats’ struggle with the Kavanaugh accusation

WASHINGTON (AP) - By the time Sen. Dianne Feinstein huddled with the other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in a room just off the Senate floor, the rumors were flying.

The senators already had heard talk of the mysterious letter from a woman. They knew something about a startling allegation ...

Congress set to fund government, but not Trump’s wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump.

Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his frustration ...

Weighing whether to can Rosenstein, Trump tuned in TV hosts

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions.

The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had ...

Trump, at UN, to again confront North Korea’s nuclear threat

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago.

Twelve months after Trump stood at the rostrum of the ...

NRA refuses to endorse Larry Hogan, downgrades Maryland governor

The National Rifle Association has downgraded Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's ranking and is refusing to endorse him.

The move comes after the Republican governor signed several pieces of gun control legislation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said Saturday that the organization now rates Hogan a "C" ...