Laxalt rails against California regs in bid for NV governor

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Attorney General Adam Laxalt is urging fellow Republicans in Reno to rally around his gubernatorial campaign as the best way to fend off what he described as overzealous, California-style regulations that would undermine Nevada's conservative principles and economic growth

Laxalt took questions from about a dozen ...

Missouri Sens. McCaskill, Blunt split on approving CIA chief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's senators split Thursday over confirming the new CIA director, with Democrat Claire McCaskill questioning whether Gina Haspel would stand up against policies violating "our country's moral compass."

McCaskill's vote against Haspel drew immediate criticism from her main Republican opponent in her tough race for ...

Do you remember the student who was shot at FSU?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - On the day of his speech at the State Capitol, Ronny Ahmed wakes alone with a hard knot of pain under his rib cage and no one to help knead it.

The caregiver must be late. No time to shower, then. Not much time to prepare. ...

2 Syrian nationals indicted in pro-Assad hacking scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two Syrian nationals were indicted Thursday in a computer hacking scheme that targeted the White House, Harvard University, U.S. Marine Corps and news media outlets, including The Associated Press.

A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment charging Ahmad 'Umar Agha and Firas Dardar with conspiracy ...

The Latest: House votes to leave US sugar program alone

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the farm bill (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The House has voted decisively to leave the government's much-criticized sugar program alone.

Thursday's 278-137 vote gave the nation's powerful sugar lobby an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers who complain ...

Judge denies bail for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge rejected bail on Thursday for a prominent Hong Kong businessman awaiting trial in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy, saying evidence in a prosecution that could result in decades in prison was strong enough to make him want to flee.

U.S. District Judge ...

Hearing restaurant workers speak Spanish sends man on rant

NEW YORK (AP) - A momentary rant could have long-term impact on a man caught on video threatening to call immigration enforcement on restaurant workers because hearing them speaking Spanish angered him.

Two elected officials sent a letter Thursday to the disciplinary committee that oversees lawyers in New York state ...

House conservatives believe they have numbers to delay farm-bill vote

House Republicans were hitting major roadblocks Thursday in their push to pass an $868 billion farm bill by the end of the week, with a group of House conservatives threatening to hold up the proceedings until GOP leaders deal with a separate immigration issue.

Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the ...

Gina Haspel confirmed by Senate to lead CIA, first female to hold post

The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to lead the CIA, lofting the agency's acting director into history as the first woman to head America's top intelligence service.

Ms. Haspel, a longtime undercover officer, was approved on a 54-45 vote, but only after she, the CIA and the Trump Administration ...

The Latest: Lawmakers seeking Greitens documents go to court

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

2:50 p.m.

Missouri lawmakers have gone to court to try to force Gov. Eric Greitens' political committees to comply with subpoenas seeking documents as part of an investigation into him.

The court filing ...

Senate confirms Haspel to head CIA

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel to lead the CIA despite engrained opposition over her involvement in the George W. Bush-era interrogation program.Senators voted 54-45 to confirm Haspel, making her the first female director of t...

GOP seeks immigration deal within next 24 hours

Key GOP lawmakers seeking to craft a way forward on immigration say their goal is to come up with a deal within the next 24 hours that would end a revolt by Republican centrists demanding votes on legislation to protect "...

Donald Trump doubts trade talks will succeed with ‘spoiled’ Chinese

President Trump expressed doubt Thursday that high-stakes trade talks with China will succeed because past U.S. administrations have "spoiled" the Chinese with one-sided deals.

"China has become very spoiled," Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. "Other countries have become very spoiled because they always got 100 percent of ...