Cambridge Analytica Facebook personal data use by Trump campaign routine

The near-hysterical reaction to the Trump campaign's reported use of personal Facebook data in 2016 ignores a fact of life about social media: businesses, platforms and political campaigns have been collecting users' personal preferences for years through a variety of online tools to reach their target audiences.

This alleged data ...

Senate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

Senate Republicans on Monday dismissed the need for legislation to protect Robert Mueller, downplaying the chances that President Trump will fire him, despite Trump's recent attacks on the special counsel."I don't...

Cambridge Analytica: Five things to watch

The British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica is facing massive scrutiny.Facebook late last week banned the company, saying it violated the platform's policies by failing to delete data on 50 million of the soci...

Otter signs open meeting law expansion bill into law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a bill that would expand Idaho's open meeting laws.

Otter signed the measure on Monday along with nearly 40 other bills.

Beginning July 1, boards and commissions created by executive order will now be subjected to the Idaho ...

Prosecutors dealt blow in Boston Calling extortion case

BOSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors have suffered a blow in their case against Boston city officials charged with pressuring music festival organizers to hire union workers.

U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin on Monday denied prosecutors' request to rewrite proposed jury instructions in the case.

Prosecutors have said they may have ...

Kevin McAleenan confirmed as U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief

Senators brushed aside complaints by immigrant-rights groups and confirmed Kevin McAleenan to be commissioner of the government's chief border agency, putting him in charge of building President Trump's border wall and stopping illegal immigration.

Even some of the chamber's most liberal members and most prominent immigrant-rights advocates backed Mr. McAleenan, ...

Phil Bryant hails new Mississippi abortion law

Mississippi's governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?"

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday ...

The Latest: Cuomo touts ‘wins’ as Cynthia Nixon enters race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on Cynthia Nixon running for New York governor (all times local):

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A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is responding to the gubernatorial candidacy of liberal activist Cynthia Nixon by saying Cuomo has delivered more progressive wins than any other Democrat in the ...

Bill would force domestic abusers to give up guns faster

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania Senate committee is advancing a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly give up their firearms.

The Judiciary Committee passed the bill unanimously Monday.

Under the bill, people convicted of domestic violence would have 48 hours to ...

Tribal Leaders Tell Zinke: Wall Would Have ‘Negative Impacts’

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the weekend toured the U.S.-Mexico border on horseback and met with tribal leaders from the Tohono O'odham Nation, later saying his visit was "very productive" and that there was a "shared interest that our borders and families are...

Trump lawyers hand over documents to Robert Mueller: report

The Trump legal team has reportedly turned over written material to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in what is being described as an effort to head off a possible perjury-trap interview.

Citing "two people familiar with the situation," the Washington Post on Monday said the written answers "chronicle key ...

Gun control resolution draws crowd to Las Cruces City Hall

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Las Cruces City Council is considering a proposed resolution that would support restrictions on the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons in New Mexico.

The nonbinding measure requests that state lawmakers and the governor take action in the wake of a recent flurry of ...

Ex-CIA Director Hayden Praises Trump’s Pick of Haspel

The U.S. might not have tracked down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden when it did without the efforts of Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's choice to take over the reins of the CIA, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

The Latest: Gov. Doug Ducey rolls out school safety package

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's school safety plan (all times local):

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants more school resource officers and school mental health spending, a new way to remove guns from unstable people and technology fixes to get state convictions into the ...

Maryland House approves stronger sexual harassment policies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates voted unanimously Monday to strengthen the General Assembly's policies on sexual harassment to cover lobbyists and create a framework for an independent investigator to handle complaints.

Earlier this month, a state senator accused a lobbyist of inappropriately touching her in a ...