Judge weighs reining evidence in Arkansas corruption trial

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether some documents should be off-limits to prosecutors as the public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator approaches.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that W.H. Taylor formerly represented ex-Sen. Jon Woods, who ...

Kevin Cramer passes on U.S. Senate run in North Dakota

Rep. Kevin Cramer on Thursday bucked expectations and announced he wouldn't challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in this year's North Dakota Senate race.

Mr. Cramer, North Dakota Republican, was prodded by President Trump to run against the first-term incumbent Democrat in a state that the president carried by 36 points in ...

Trump targets, then backs surveillance program in tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a few confusing tweets, President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed the House to renew a critical national security program that allows spy agencies to collect intelligence on foreign targets abroad.

The House is expected to vote on a version that would put restrictions on how the ...

Paul Ryan among lawmakers who will appear at the March for Life

The 45th annual March for Life is next week, set to draw a huge, devoted crowd to the National Mall for the world's largest pro-life demonstration. Organizers expect at minimum 100,000 people — including House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"He has been an unwavering champion for the pro-life cause since taking ...

Scarborough: Oprah Should Consider Senate First

Oprah Winfrey, who’s been hyped in recent days as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, should put aside any dreams she has of winning the White House and seek a Senate seat first, Joe Scarborough said Thursday.

After scandal Florida senators to get harassment training

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is going to require mandatory sexual harassment training for senators in the aftermath of scandals that have roiled the GOP-controlled Legislature.

A Senate panel on Wednesday voted to require that each senator take an hour-long course in workplace and sexual harassment. It's expected ...

Feds look to keep Codfather out of business, issue fines

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - The federal government is trying to keep the disgraced fishing magnate known as the Codfather out of the seafood business.

Carlos Rafael was sentenced last year to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

Officials ...

Montana Legislature reviewing sexual harassment policy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Legislature is reviewing its sexual harassment policy after accusations of sexual misconduct led to the downfall of other lawmakers across the country.

A legislative rule prohibits harassment of legislators and legislative employees and sets guidelines for reporting inappropriate behavior.

The Legislative Council reviewed the ...

North Dakota GOP Rep. Cramer Passes on Senate Run

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer says he won't run for Senate. The 56-year-old Republican, who had been widely seen as the GOP's best chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, announced Thursday that he will seek another House term instead....

Texas mayor, 3 others charged in $150M health care scheme

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A South Texas mayor and three other men have been indicted on federal charges that they conspired to fraudulently bill Medicare for more than $150 million in hospice and home health services.

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that Rio Bravo Mayor Francisco Pena and the others each ...