US report finds no direct foreign interference in 2018 vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats says his agency has not found any evidence of any direct interference in the midterm elections.

Coats says he has submitted a required report to President Donald Trump that says the intelligence community has not uncovered any compromise of election infrastructure ...

House adjourns without clear path to avert shutdown

The House adjourned on Friday evening without a clear path forward on a deal to avert a partial government shutdown, as lawmakers continue to wrestle over funding for President Trump's border wall.House Majority Le...

The Latest: Iowa House candidate files to contest election

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Latest on the unresolved ballot dispute in a northeast Iowa House seat election: (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The Democratic candidate for a northeast Iowa House seat has filed an election contest, a formal process that requires the House to consider whether 29 disputed ...

Not clear how US would get money from border wall fundraiser

An Air Force veteran has racked up millions of more dollars on his fundraising page for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, though it's unclear how the U.S. government would get the money.

Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe page has raised $13 million as of Friday afternoon to build the wall. Its ...

Hearing scheduled for embattled Florida elections official

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A federal court hearing has been scheduled for a former Florida elections official who was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hear arguments Jan. 7 in Tallahassee on a request for a preliminary injunction by embattled Broward elections ...

Trump administration lets Michigan, Maine tie Medicaid benefits to seeking job

Michigan and Maine are allowed to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients, the Trump administration said Friday, meaning seven states now condition the health benefit on seeking a job, going to school or engaging in community service.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hailed the approval of both ...

The Latest: Letter urges no clemency woman convicted as teen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the high-profile teen life sentence in Tennessee (all times local):

4p.m.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office is being inundated with letters and pleas as he considers granting clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

Several ...

Trump signs executive order to create federal wildfire strategy

President Trump signed an executive order Friday aimed at preventing catastrophic wildfires by directing the Interior and Agriculture departments to develop plans to remove brush and dead trees on millions of acres of federally owned land.

In the wake of California's deadly Camp fire last month, the president also ordered ...

Court says election dispute to be settled by House panel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - It's up to a special committee of the Democratic-controlled Connecticut House of Representatives to determine the ultimate winner of a legislative election.

In a decision read Friday from the bench, the Connecticut Supreme Court says it's up to the House, not the state's highest court, to ...

New asylum policy could invite more illegal border crossings

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - The Trump administration's decision to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts was made with crucial details still unknown. That creates uncertainty along the border and possibly an incentive for people to cross illegally before the change take effect.

The ...

Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown

Don Young had had enough.House lawmakers were in the midst of a marathon voting session on Thursday - a 35-vote slog demanded by a single lawmaker - when the cantankerous Alaska Republican stormed down the aisle of...

Court denies Poliquin’s bid to block successor’s swearing-in

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied the latest effort by New England's last remaining Republican congressman to declare unconstitutional Maine's new election system, which was used for the first time in a congressional race.

A three-judge panel at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ...