California Democrats to chart 2018 course amid party tension

California Democrats, united in their opposition to President Donald Trump, are gathering to chart a path for 2018 success while seeking to shore up fissures over the party's direction that were exposed during the 2016 election.

The party's biggest names are among 3,400 activists meeting for three days in San ...

Kevin Hassett says gas tax not designed for modern era

The White House's top economist Thursday pushed back against President Trump's idea of raising the federal gasoline tax to help pay for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, calling the levy an outdated approach.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said the gas tax that currently ...

North Korea criticizes UN chief over support for sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea sharply criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization, saying he appears to be acting as a "henchman" representing the United States.

North Korea's U.N. Mission stressed in a statement that ...

Gov. Baker says arming teachers not the answer to shootings

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says more guns in the classroom isn't the answer to school shootings.

The Republican made the comment Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet that "highly trained teachers would act as a deterrent to the cowards that do this" and later ...

Ethanol, oil industries find common enemy in electric cars

Even as they're locked in a bitter, high-stakes battle over the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, the ethanol and oil industries each say they need to put aside differences and work together to prepare for an existential threat to both of their futures: electric cars.

The vehicles, which have surged in ...

Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose victory in his first run for public office made him a rising Republican political figure, was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an affair he had in 2015.

Greitens has acknowledged ...

The Latest: Greitens has March 16 court date on felony count

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on a grand jury indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Missouri Senate Democrat Gina Walsh says she is thinking about the women and families whose lives have been changed because of the actions of Gov. Eric Greitens, who was ...

The Latest: Aide: Nevada AG never committed to NRA event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on whether Nevada state Attorney General Adam Laxalt will speak at a National Rifle Association political event in May (all times local):

3 p.m.

An aide says Nevada state Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt never committed to speak at a major ...

Closings in Cuomo ex-aide’s bribery trial may be next week

NEW YORK (AP) - The jury hearing the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may begin deliberations as early as next week.

The government rested its case Thursday against Joseph Percoco and three businessmen.

Lawyers for the defendants told Judge Valerie Caproni in ...

RI police chiefs urging legislators to pass ‘red flag’ law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island police chiefs are calling on state legislators to approve a so-called "red flag" law that would prevent people from having guns if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association voted unanimously Tuesday in the wake of ...

145 grabbed in 7-day immigrant sweep of South, Central Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal immigrations have rounded up 145 people they describe as criminal aliens and immigration violators in South and Central Texas.

In a statement issued Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the roundup was a seven-day operation. Of the 145, 45 were netted in Austin, 41 ...

Trump officials look to Southern attorneys general to fill court vacancies

When the Trump administration wanted to fill out court vacancies in the South, it turned to the Republican attorneys general in many of those states, tapping their talent to build the army of conservative judges GOP activists were hoping for.

More than 10 percent of President Trump's court picks have ...

The Latest: Love: All ideas on the table to stop shootings

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on comments made by Utah's congressional delegation about guns and a school shooting in Florida (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love says she's open to discussing all solutions to prevent the gun violence and shooting in schools.

Love told ...