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VA won't use law that allows expedited firing of executives

Fri, 2016-06-17 13:29

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer use its authority to fire senior executives in an expedited manner - dropping a key portion of a law Congress passed two years ago in response to a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.


Elizabeth Warren tells Hillary Clinton she must beat Trump: 'Don't screw this up'

Fri, 2016-06-17 12:31

Sen. Elizabeth Warren put pressure on Hillary Clinton on Friday, telling the former first lady in no uncertain terms she must prevail in the fight against Republican Donald Trump.

"Don't screw this up," the Massachusetts senator told Mrs. Clinton during a meeting at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, according to reports ...

Albany OKs early Sunday alcohol sales, plan to fight heroin

Fri, 2016-06-17 12:27

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Boozy Sunday brunches, expanded screening for breast cancer and a plan to confront opioid addiction all came out on top as New York state lawmakers completed the 2016 session early Saturday.

The Senate and Assembly expected after passing scores of bills and coming to a final ...

Charge dropped against immigrant who took refuge in church

Fri, 2016-06-17 12:09

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against an immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church in 2014 to avoid deportation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus wrote in a May 27 motion to dismiss the charge against Francisco Aguirre ...

Constitutional amendment on ethics to appear on Nov. ballot

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:49

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island voters will be asked in November to approve a constitutional amendment that would restore the state's Ethics Commission power investigate and sanction lawmakers for conflicts of interest.

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed legislation putting the question on the ballot. It would ...

Gwen Moore, Democratic lawmaker, wants to drug-test 'top 1 percent' before approving tax deductions

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:46

Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin is so fed up by Republicans "criminalizing" poverty that she has proposed drug-testing the "top 1%" earners before they can receive tax deductions.

The Democrat introduced Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, in response to "several nationwide efforts by Republicans to drug test social welfare ...

Joe Biden to senators: Show 'courage' in gun-control votes

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:41

Vice President Joseph R. Biden called on senators Friday to summon the "courage" to enact gun-control measures "once and for all."

"You know in your heart that this is the right thing to do," Mr. Biden told lawmakers in an email. "You know that by stepping up, your action has ...

Ted Cruz: Democrats' 'favorite hobby horse' is grabbing guns from law-abiding Americans

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:12

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz excoriated congressional Democrats in a 23-minute speech on Thursday for using an Islamic terrorist attack as a pretext for crafting new gun-control laws.

President Obama, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and numerous Democratic lawmakers have said last Sunday's massacre in Orlando, Florida, by 29-year-old Omar ...

Ted Cruz endorses Republican Darryl Glenn in Colorado Senate primary

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:11

DENVER — Darryl Glenn, one of five candidates vying for the Colorado Republican Senate nomination, received a huge boost Friday with an endorsement from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Mr. Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, won his slot on the primary ballot by capturing 70 percent of the delegate vote ...

Major LGBT-rights group urges steps to curb gun violence

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:08

NEW YORK (AP) - The Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. LGBT-rights organization, on Friday called for several measures to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 patrons and staff at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The HRC endorsed steps to limit access to ...

ICE makes arrests in Indiana, Illinois in multi-state sweep

Fri, 2016-06-17 09:21

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states including Illinois and Indiana as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a news release Friday saying the operation ...

David Jolly, Florida Republican, to forego Senate run: report

Fri, 2016-06-17 09:09

Rep. David Jolly announced Friday that he will forgo a bid for the U.S. Senate, and instead seek re-election to his House seat in Florida — a decision that will increase speculation that Sen. Marco Rubio has had a change of heart and plans to seek re-election to a seat ...

Ex-Sidney police chief's conviction, sentence upheld

Fri, 2016-06-17 09:07

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and 30-day jail sentence of a former western Nebraska police chief for obstructing government operations.

Former Sidney Police Chief Byron Wilkinson was convicted after pleading no contest last July. Prosecutors say Wilkinson wrongly kept a citation for disturbing ...

APNewsBreak: Education official hired by state subcontractor

Fri, 2016-06-17 08:37

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A former Indiana Department of Education official took a job with a company involved in a $573,000 agreement he helped broker to develop a web app that tracks school data and distributes news releases for state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's office.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press ...

Juror out in Pennsylvania congressman's racketeering case

Fri, 2016-06-17 08:04

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A juror has been dismissed in the racketeering case against a veteran Pennsylvania congressman.

No explanation was given for the dismissal in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's (SHAW'-kah fa-TAHZ') case Friday. An alternate replaced the missing member, and U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered jurors to begin ...

Feds arrest 39 as part of multi-state immigration sweep

Fri, 2016-06-17 07:45

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in Wisconsin as part of a multi-state sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a news release Friday saying the operation began May ...

The Latest: Biden calls for civilian ban on assault weapons

Fri, 2016-06-17 07:36

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the Orlando gay nightclub massacre (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is calling for banning civilian ownership of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines following the mass shooting in Orlando.

Biden is responding to an online White House petition calling ...

Paul Ryan: House Republicans can follow their 'conscience' on Trump

Fri, 2016-06-17 07:36

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says Republican House members can follow their 'conscience' on whether or not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, but said as speaker he doesn't want to lead a 'chasm' in the middle of the party.

"The last thing I would do is tell anybody ...

Montana official cites county GOP for finance violations

Fri, 2016-06-17 07:10

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's top political regulator has found that Cascade County Republicans violated state campaign finance law but did not cite the group for favoring some GOP candidates over others in the primary election.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl found that the Cascade County Republican Central Committee ...

Appeals court upholds conviction of ex-Connecticut governor

Fri, 2016-06-17 06:52

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the political corruption conviction of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City on Friday rejected Rowland's appeal.

Rowland, 59, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison ...

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