North Carolina official had asked feds to act in voting case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A letter obtained by The Associated Press shows that North Carolina's top elections official issued an urgent plea nearly two years ago for the Justice Department to file criminal charges against those at the center of 2018 ballot fraud allegations.

State Board of Elections Executive Director ...

Detective: Woman convicted as teen shouldn’t get clemency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The lead detective in the case involving a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute is urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam not to grant her clemency.

According to a seven-page letter sent to Haslam last week, Charles Robinson - a homicide ...

Eric Swalwell floats 25th Amendment amid chaotic government shutdown battle

Rep. Eric Swalwell floated the 25th Amendment on Friday, suggesting that President Trump is unfit to serve and should be removed from the office.

The California Democrat was reacting to Mr. Trump's suggestion that Senate Republicans kill the filibuster in order to pass the House spending bill with $5.7 billion ...

Supreme Court, teachers’ strike dominated headlines in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A state Supreme Court impeachment scandal has been voted the top news story in 2018 in West Virginia by Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.

Questions involving lavish office renovations at the court evolved into accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. The House of ...

McConnell rejects using nuclear option on wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) spokesman says the Senate does not have enough votes to change its rules and pass border-wall funding with a simple majority."The Leader has said for years that the...

A look at the AP’s top Tennessee stories of 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Here is a look at the top 10 Tennessee stories of 2018, according to an Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters.

1. NASHVILLE MAYOR RESIGNS

Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry revealed in January that she had a prolonged extramarital affair with her former bodyguard, ...

Actress Kate del Castillo sues Mexican ex-officials for $60M

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Actress Kate del Castillo said she is suing former Mexican officials for $60 million in "moral and material damages" because of what she calls "political persecution" against her.

Mexican authorities investigated del Castillo following the secret meeting she arranged with Sean Penn and former fugitive drug ...

Deadly school shooting voted Kentucky’s top story in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The tragedy that struck Marshall County High School when a gunman opened fire, killing two teenagers and injuring many more, has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2018.

A close second in balloting by Associated Press editors, news directors and reporters was the surge in ...

Virtual wall grows as Trump border fight threatens shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) - Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he's making good on promises to protect the nation's borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the year's most ...

Trump reverses, says Dems to blame for shutdown

President Trump on Friday said Democrats will be to blame if the government shuts down, a reversal from last week when he said he would be "proud" to trigger a shutdown if border wall funding was not included in a year-en...

Russian court calls for Kremlin critic Browder’s extradition

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian court has charged one of the Kremlin's most vocal foreign critics, British financier and human rights activist William Browder, with creating an international criminal syndicate.

The court calls for his extradition to Russia and a two-month period of arrest.

Browder, once a major foreign investor ...

Ohio bracing for showdown over latest abortion restrictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With a lame duck veto showdown still brewing, Ohio again finds itself on the verge of imposing some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation.

It's a position familiar to the politically divided state's abortion-rights activists.

They have watched Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) ...

Daycare owner convicted of stealing federal funds sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials say a Buffalo daycare owner convicted on charges of stealing government funds has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in Buffalo says 42-year-old Tariq Butt was also ordered to pay $305,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Health ...