The Latest: Lawmakers question payments in Greitens’ case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

A Missouri newspaper publisher is defending himself against legislative questions about his payments to an attorney for a man whose ex-wife had an affair with Gov. Eric Greitens.

Scott Faughn, publisher ...

Appeals court upholds Montana campaign finance reform law

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Montana's campaign finance reform law by rejecting a group's claims that it is vague and overly broad.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in an order Wednesday that the 2015 state law to increase ...

West Hollywood declares ‘Stormy Daniels Day’

West Hollywood declared Wednesday as "Stormy Daniels Day," as the adult-film actress received a ceremonial key to the city, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Los Angeles-area neighborhood, located between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, held a ceremony at an adult boutique for Ms. Daniels, whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford.

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Trump can’t block Twitter followers: Federal judge

President Trump cannot block people from his Twitter accounts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, declaring his personal Twitter account a First Amendment forum that he, as a government official, cannot deny access to.

In particularly, Mr. Trump cannot stop people from responding to his tweets, ruled Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, ...

Federal judge skeptical of Paul Manafort’s bid to get evidence tossed

A federal judge appeared unconvinced on Wednesday after attorneys for Paul Manafort claimed the FBI improperly seized evidence from his home and a nearby storage locker.

Mr. Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump's 2016 campaign, said evidence seized in those searches should be tossed because the FBI acted improperly. ...

Iowa candidate runs outside group supporting his campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Democrat running for Iowa Secretary of State operates a political action committee that is supporting his campaign, despite a state law that appears to ban the practice, filings show.

Candidate Jim Mowrer has continued to serve as treasurer of The Majority Rules, which he ...

Michigan lawmakers fight over mandated reporters post-Nassar

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are at odds over a decision to scale back the proposed expansion of the state's mandatory reporter law after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

A House committee on Wednesday is expected to pass a bill that would add physical therapists and physical therapist ...

Donald Trump’s judicial nominee under fire for ties to Scott Pruitt

A nominee for the federal bench faced tough questions during his confirmation hearing Wednesday for work he did for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who now heads President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, questioned Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick R. Wyrick, who was nominated ...

Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a ...

Reynolds defends GOP for taking disgraced ex-senator’s money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds says it was an "appropriate decision" for Iowa Republicans to accept a $522,000 donation from a disgraced former lawmaker.

Reynolds told reporters Wednesday she was "fine" with the Republican Party of Iowa accepting a March 26 contribution from former Iowa Senate Majority ...

The Latest: Trump to discuss immigration ‘loopholes’ in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to New York (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

A White House spokesman says President Donald Trump's immigration discussion in New York will focus on "loopholes" that he says help the violent MS-13 gang "infiltrate our communities."

Spokesman Hogan Gidley on ...