Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) - He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in - and deeply hurt by - Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died ...

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek lawmakers were voting early Thursday, following an 18-hour debate, on whether to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

The allegations follow a judicial investigation into bribes Swiss drugmaker Novartis allegedly paid to ...

Claudia Tenney says ‘so many’ mass murderers Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Republican congresswoman from upstate New York says "many" people who commit mass murder are Democrats.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney made the comment Wednesday on Talk 1300 Radio during a discussion about calls for stricter gun control since last week's deadly Florida high school shooting. She says ...

Inside the Beltway: Rush Limbaugh: Democrats ‘seized’ Parkland shooting

Survivors of the Florida student shooting continue to be a presence in the news media, and their outreach has swiftly increased in size, scope and sophistication — now rife with strategic social media, crafted slogans and complex organization.

On Wednesday, some journeyed to the capital, Tallahassee, for an appearance before ...

The Latest: Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on a congressman from Iowa's failure to disclose an internet marketing company that he helped form in 2016 (all times local):

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A congressman from Iowa says he made an "administrative oversight" by failing to disclose his ownership of a company that ...

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to block new congressional map

Pennsylvania's two highest-ranking Republican legislative leaders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map viewed as likely to help Democrats.

The presiding officers of the House and the Senate on Wednesday electronically filed an emergency request to stay a state Supreme Court order issued Monday ...

South Dakota Senate panel rejects refugee resettlement bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state Senate panel has rejected a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on "any federal travel ban list."

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday against the bill, which would have also directed the state to refuse "chain migration" ...

House investigation allegations against lawmaker

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House officials are reviewing an allegation against a Democratic lawmaker for alleged inappropriate behavior.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the allegation against Democratic Rep. David Sawyer is being investigated by House counsel and the chief clerk. No other details about the allegation were provided.

House ...

Trump’s European climate change critics fuel U.S. coal boom

As France, Germany and Italy chastised President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate accord in June and mocked the U.S. for turning its back on the environment, their nations were busy importing record amounts of American coal.

The U.S., federal data show, is seeing something of a coal renaissance, but ...

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and the denuclearization of North Korea.

Ban, who was South Korea's foreign minister before serving ...

Devin Nunes memo response shows FBI commitment to protecting image

At the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a guidance drummed into the heads of new agents is, "Don't do anything to embarrass the bureau."

Former agents say it is an appropriate lesson to maintain the G-men's straight-arrow standards. It also is an indication of how the FBI hierarchy is committed ...

Kansas Senate passes tougher lobbying law, higher gift limit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a bipartisan bill for strengthening lobbying laws that also would allow state officials to take more expensive gifts from people seeking to influence them.

The measure approved unanimously Wednesday would require people trying to promote contracts or influence actions by executive ...

Florida workers’ pension fund invested in gun manufacturers

TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's main pension fund for state workers and teachers has a half-million dollar stake in the company that makes the rifle used in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Florida Retirement System had more than 41,000 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co. with ...

High court won’t block deportation of Cincinnati-area man

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Supreme Court justice is refusing to block the deportation of an immigrant in the Cincinnati area who has been helping care for a disabled child.

Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday denied an emergency appeal from 27-year-old Yancarlos Mendez without comment.

Mendez says in court papers that ...

Students stage walkouts of suburban Chicago high schools

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Chicago high school students joined a nationwide protest against gun violence.

Students at Oak Park-River Forest High School walked out of class on Wednesday, a protest that coincided with a march on the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee by students from Parkland, Florida. That ...

The Latest: Senator apologizes to anyone offended by conduct

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on alleged sexual misconduct at the California Legislature (all times local):

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A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct is apologizing to anyone who felt uncomfortable by his behavior.

But Sen. Tony Mendoza flatly denied two of the more serious allegations Wednesday, ...