Conservative groups urge Trump, Chinese president to stop tariff war

Leaders of conservative groups affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch are urging President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reach an agreement to eliminate tariffs as the leaders prepare to meet at a summit later this month.

The heads of Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners and the LIBRE Initiative ...

DOJ says Matthew Whitaker can serve as acting attorney general

The Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion Wednesday supporting President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general, despite criticisms from Democrats who have questioned his qualifications to oversee the Russia investigation.

El Chapo prosecutors object to defense opening statement

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors at the New York trial of the smuggler known as El Chapo have asked the judge to throw out the defense's opening statement that accused Mexican presidents of wrongdoing.

The prosecution motion in the case of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN' gooz-MAHN') was filed overnight, before the ...

DOJ says Matt Whitaker appointment is legal, similar to Bush and Obama picks

President Trump's designation of acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker is legal, and similar appointments have happened more than 160 times over the country's history, including once in the Bush administration and twice under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel said Wednesday.

A senior department official ...

Trial over convicted ex-mayor’s pension begins

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An expected one-day trial over whether former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's pension should be revoked or reduced because of his corruption convictions is set to begin.

The testimony is scheduled Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court.

State law allows for the revocation or reduction of corrupt public ...

Absentee ballot counting to begin in New York House race

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - Absentee ballots are set to be counted as election officials try to determine the winner of a tight congressional race in central New York.

As of last week, Democrat Anthony Brindisi was close to 1,500 votes ahead of incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney. The Utica ...

ACLU blasts Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith for ‘public lynching’ comment

The American Civil Liberties Union slammed Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday for her comments about a "public lynching."

The Republican senator drew the ire of the ACLU when video leaked Sunday of Ms. Hyde-Smith speaking at a campaign stop on Nov. 2.

"If he invited me to a public ...

Scanlon is first woman in Pennsylvania delegation since 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon has become the first woman in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation since 2014.

Scanlon was sworn in Tuesday to an open congressional seat in southeastern Pennsylvania left vacant after Republican Pat Meehan resigned in April.

Scanlon last week won a special election to fill ...

Lawyers seek ‘Apprentice’ tapes in Trump immigration suit

BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers suing President Donald Trump over his decision to end special protections shielding certain immigrants from deportation are seeking unaired footage from his reality TV show "The Apprentice" to try to bolster their case alleging the move was racially motivated, the attorneys said Wednesday.

Lawyers for Civil ...

Judge blocks Kent State security fee for gun-rights event

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge is blocking Kent State University officials from charging $1,800 to provide security officers for a discussion planned at the student center featuring a gun-rights advocate whose September demonstration on the Ohio campus drew protesters.

The conservative student group planning the discussion next Monday is challenging ...