Georgia county scraps poll consolidation plan amid backlash

ATLANTA (AP) - A small, majority-black south Georgia county's proposal to close most of its polling places drew heated national criticism - and saw a quick reversal - during an election year that features the state's first-ever black nominee for governor by a major political party.

Concern about the possibility ...

The Latest: Cullerton slams veto of immigrant protection

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Bruce Rauner's action on immigrant-related bills (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

The Democratic president of the Illinois Senate says Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered a "slap in the face" to immigrant crime victims with a veto of legislation to encourage them to participate ...

State Supreme Court clears way for Washington gun measure

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gun-control initiative to appear on the November ballot.

The court late Friday afternoon reversed a judge's decision earlier this month that threw out more than 300,000 signatures used to qualify Initiative 1639, saying the petition format did ...

Longtime Vegas newspaper attorney, exec Mark Hinueber dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Longtime newspaper attorney and executive Mark Hinueber, an advocate for press freedom and government transparency during 42 years with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other newspapers, has died.

Former Review-Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, who wrote Hinueber's front-page obituary for the newspaper on Friday, said that ...

Bill would open board seats to people in country illegally

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Immigrants living in California illegally could serve in some appointed offices under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The measure passed Friday by the state Senate would let people over age 18 who lack authorization to live in the country serve on government boards and ...

Rauner OKs ban on registry, vetoes immigrant protections

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law prohibiting state cooperation in creating a Muslim registry and OK'd allowing non-citizens to receive professional licenses.

The Republican's action Friday was accompanied by vetoes of three other immigrant-related bills.

Rauner endorsed Chicago Democratic Senate President John Cullerton's plan to ...

Safety violations found at slaughterhouse raided earlier

BEAN STATION, Tenn. (AP) - A state inspection that took place days after an immigration raid at a Tennessee slaughterhouse has resulted in more than $41,000 in fines for working conditions at the plant.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists 27 violations, including 23 deemed "serious." The violations ...

The Latest: Trump slams Democrats as ‘negative, nasty’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump in Ohio (all times local):

7 p.m.

President Donald Trump is branding Democrats as "left-wing haters and radicals" who are trying to "tear down our institutions."

He also says they're "nasty."

Trump unleashed the string of insults in a speech ...

Trumps visit children’s hospital in Ohio to draw attention to opioid crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited with children at a hospital here Friday to call attention to the plight of infants born addicted to drugs such as opioids.

Mr. Trump and the first lady toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital and ...

GOP fundraiser tied to land where Iowa murder suspect lived

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A top Republican fundraiser whose firm works for several prominent immigration hardliners is the partial owner of the land where the Mexican man accused of killing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts lived rent-free, a farm spokeswoman said Friday.

Nicole Schlinger has long been a key ...

Collins, Murkowski face pressure from liberal groups over Kavanaugh vote

A liberal activist in Maine is vowing to spend $100,000 to defeat Sen. Susan Collins if she votes to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Another progressive group, meanwhile, has brought Alaska residents to Washington to meet with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urging her to be the vote that sinks Judge ...