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Mike Huckabee to join Donald Trump at anti-debate rally

Thu, 2016-01-28 10:47

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee plans to attend rival Donald Trump's event for veterans Thursday that was organized to compete with the Fox News debate that the billionaire businessman is boycotting.

"I'm delighted to join with Donald Trump in an effort to salute veterans," Mr. Huckabee ...

The Latest: German coalition unblocks migrant package

Thu, 2016-01-28 10:46

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Germany's vice chancellor says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to unblock a package of measures meant to streamline the handling of the migrant influx.

Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday ...

Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz, John Kasich by 15 points in N.H.: poll

Thu, 2016-01-28 10:08

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a solid grip on New Hampshire in the 2016 Republican primary contest, but a good chunk of GOP voters in the state would opt for other choices in a general election if former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the race, according to ...

Former McAllen officer acquitted in human smuggling case

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:56

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A former South Texas police officer has been acquitted on human smuggling charges involving two women she was transporting as a favor to a friend.

A federal jury in McAllen found Joan De La Fuente-Garza not guilty of harboring illegal immigrants.

She resigned as a McAllen ...

'Affluenza' teenager Ethan Couch arrives in Texas

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:40

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck arrived at a Texas airport following his deportation from Mexico on Thursday, more than a month after he and his mother fled the U.S. as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his ...

Report recommends tiered pricing for Detroit water service

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:37

DETROIT (AP) - A report set to be delivered to the Detroit City Council recommends adjusting the city's water rate structure with a tiered pricing model rather than one preferred by many water rights activists.

The panel that produced the report convened in October at the urging of the City ...

Investigators seize heroin at Fairbanks home, storage unit

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:20

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks drug investigators acting on a Crime Stoppers tip have seized an estimated $52,680 in heroin.

Alaska State Troopers say the drugs were confiscated from a home and a storage unit belonging to 47-year-old Gzim Fejzoski (g-ZIM' feh-ZHAH'-skee), who was being sought by U.S. Immigration and ...

Bernie Sanders cuts Hillary Clinton's lead in Iowa to 5 points: poll

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:17

With just days left until Monday's caucuses, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a five-point lead in Iowa over 2016 Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernard Sanders, according to a poll released Thursday that appears to back up Mr. Sanders' recent contention that he could struggle if turnout isn't high ...

Activists urge House committee to open intel hearing to the public

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:15

More than two-dozen organizations signed a letter sent Wednesday to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee urging lawmakers to open a closed-door hearing next week that will center around the government's ability to conduct online surveillance.

The House panel is scheduled to discuss Section 702 of the FISA Amendments ...

Lawmaker under pressure over military record questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:04

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Republican leaders in the House say that one of their members should resign if he can't prove he did not knowingly exaggerate his military service.

Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting, has faced increasing questions about his military record since The Seattle Times reported earlier this month that ...

Customs officer in South Texas faces bribery charge

Thu, 2016-01-28 09:02

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Customs and Border Protection officer in South Texas has been charged with accepting a bribe and illegally using a government computer in visa cases.

Julio Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) of Mission was arrested Thursday. The 30-year-old officer faces a federal detention hearing Friday in McAllen.

Trujillo is ...

Florida Democrats have clear choice in race to replace Rubio

Thu, 2016-01-28 08:28

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Democrats must decide whether their best shot at winning the Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio is a liberal firebrand who has said the GOP health plan was to hope people die quickly, or a moderate Democrat who often votes with Republicans.

Rubio is ...

Reagan historian on the GOP debate: Donald Trump ran from the fight

Thu, 2016-01-28 07:56

It will take a few hours for Neilsen Media to release the audience ratings numbers for the seventh Republican debate on Thursday in Iowa. Many will be waiting for those numbers, hoping to determine if the absence of front-runner Donald Trump had a major impact on the political programming which ...

Obamacare not a top issue for voters: Poll

Thu, 2016-01-28 07:46

Obamacare isn't a pressing concern for voters heading into a pivotal election year, according to a poll released Thursday that finds Americans are more focused on the Middle East, the deficit and gun control.

Less than a quarter of people say the Affordable Care Act will be "extremely important" to ...

Senate probe faults gov't for migrant child abuse

Thu, 2016-01-28 07:40

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional probe finds that inadequate screening endangered migrant children in the government's care.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says the department of Health and Human Services was overwhelmed by children crossing the border and weakened its child protection policies, leaving the children vulnerable to human trafficking. ...

FOI officer says UConn trustees violated open-meetings law

Thu, 2016-01-28 07:13

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A hearing officer with the state Freedom of Information Commission has found that University of Connecticut trustees violated the law when they met in private last year to review the school's $1.3 billion proposed budget.

The Hartford Courant (cour.at/1ORJvze) reports that commission attorney Lisa Fein Siegel ...

Rand Paul: Donald Trump's absence 'does bring up the respectability of the debate'

Thu, 2016-01-28 06:48

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says GOP front-runner Donald Trump's absence will bring up the "respectability" of Thursday's presidential debate in Iowa, saying Mr. Trump is "running away" from the debate while Mr. Paul was lobbying to get on the main stage of the last one.

"I think that he ...

Lisa Murkowski:Only women show up to Senate amid D.C. blizzard, 'speaks to the hardiness of women'

Thu, 2016-01-28 06:22

The Senate looked a little different after a massive blizzard paralyzed Washington over the weekend. When lawmakers came to work on Tuesday, only female senators showed up.

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine presided over a largely empty chamber on Tuesday to lead a brief ...

Veterans groups to Donald Trump: Keep your money

Thu, 2016-01-28 06:12

GOP front-runner Donald Trump announced this week that he would boycott the Fox News Republican presidential debate Thursday and host a fundraiser for veterans instead, but several veterans groups are now saying they will not accept donations from Mr. Trump's fundraiser.

Mr. Trump has said he will skip the debate ...

Sanders camp: We can't schedule debates only when Clinton's campaign feels under pressure

Thu, 2016-01-28 05:51

Sen. Bernard Sanders' presidential campaign manager said Thursday that the Vermont senator is open to having more debates, but that they aren't going to engage in a process where the only times debates are scheduled come when Hillary Clinton's campaign feels like they're under pressure.

"This is the issue: We've ...

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