Missouri senators want review of claims against Kavanaugh

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's U.S. senators want a review of recent sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Monday said the Senate Judiciary Committee should examine the claims before any further action is taken. The committee ...

Guatemala govt bars anti-graft chief, defying court ruling

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Guatemalan government officials say they will defy a ruling by the country's top court and block the return of the man leading a U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.

Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart says that commission chief Ivan Velasquez of Colombia won't be allowed to return to Guatemala. Foreign ...

Advocacy groups file complaint against Rosendale, NRA

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A campaign finance watchdog group and a gun-safety advocacy organization have filed a complaint against U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm.

Campaign Legal Center and Giffords allege in the Federal Election Commission complaint filed Monday that the Montana ...

Mexico finds 124 Central American migrants aboard trucks

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican immigration agents say they have found 124 Central American migrants aboard three trucks who said they were prevented from eating or drinking for several days.

The National Immigration Institute said Monday the trucks were detected after they sped through a highway checkpoint in the southern ...

Blackburn: Kavanaugh accusations are a ‘delay tactic’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a "delay tactic," saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn't be delayed.

The congresswoman's opponent, Democrat ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen, also ...

Donnelly among those calling for Kavanaugh vote delay

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says a planned vote should be postponed on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, until Congress has time to review recent sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

The Senate Judiciary committee was set for a Thursday vote.

A woman came ...

Arkansas AG hopeful: Increase fines for ethics violations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas is proposing increasing the fines for violating the state's ethics laws and expanding what lobbyists must report in response to corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers.

Mike Lee on Monday released a series of proposals ...

GOP divided on how to handle Kavanaugh accusations

Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican, said Monday that both Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of an attempted sexual assault when they were in high school three decades ago should both testify to the Senate.

But the chief Republican shepherding Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination ...

Jealous backs prescription drug affordability measures

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Ben Jealous is supporting proposals aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable in Maryland.

Jealous, who is running for governor, announced his support for the measures Monday at a news conference.

He is backing legislation to create a state board to focus on ensuring transparency and ...

Tyson Foods CEO to step down for ‘personal reasons’

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods has announced its president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes will step down at the end of September for "personal reasons."

Tyson's board of directors said Monday that its group president of beef, pork and international divisions Noel White will succeed Hayes.

Tyson did ...

GOP officials: Indicted Rep. Chris Collins to stay on ballot

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins will remain on the November ballot despite previously suspending his campaign, confounding Republican Party leaders in his district Monday who had counted on Collins' cooperation to replace him.

The surprise decision by Collins, who pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges ...

Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept. 14

Kavanaugh failed to explain expansive view of executive power

Americans needed to learn more about his take on constitutionality.

In all of U.S. history, only 37 Supreme Court nominees have fallen short of confirmation. Eleven were rejected by Senate vote. The remainder withdrew or had ...

State Police collect soon-to-be-banned firearm bump stocks

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont state police barracks are accepting rapid-fire devices attached to guns known as bump stocks that will become illegal on Oct. 1 under new state gun restrictions.

The state police say the law directs the Department of Public Safety to collect bump stocks from people who ...