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With Idaho case, AP counts 109 statehouse #MeToo allegations

An Idaho lawmaker was accused of raping an intern; a Missouri lawmaker of abusing his children. In North Dakota and Oregon, a pair lawmakers faced claims of a pattern of sexual harassment. All are now out of office — either resigning under pressure or getting expelled by colleagues within ...

Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable and that Chauvin abused his ...

California Democrats to hear from Newsom as recall heats up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will address the Democratic Party faithful Saturday as he mounts a campaign to keep his job. His address to thousands of activists at the California Democratic Party's annual convention, held virtually, comes on the heels of state ...

Despite population increase, DC suspects a census undercount

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital are questioning the results of the 2020 census, which show a large boost in population but not as high as they had expected. The city government and members of the D.C. Council are suggesting an undercount — something that plays into ...

Manchin pans DC statehood bill in another break with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-shot bid to pass legislation that would make the District of Columbia the nation's 51st state got a little longer on Friday. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he opposes unilateral action by Congress to make the nation's capital a state and that ...

GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a group of Republican doctors in Congress released a video selling the safety of the coronavirus vaccine, their message wasn't explicitly aimed at their conservative constituents, but nonetheless had a clear political bent. Getting the shot is the best way to "end the ...

US ‘Real ID’ deadline is now May 2023 because of COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will have more time to get the Real ID that they will need to board a flight or enter federal facilities. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday extended the Real ID deadline until May 3, 2023. The deadline had been Oct. 1, 2021, but it was becoming clear ...

St. Louis couple who confronted protesters back in court

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple accused of waving guns at racial injustice protesters last summer are due back in court Friday, when a judge will consider whether to send the case back to a grand jury to decide if they should have been indicted in the first place. A St. Louis grand jury ...

Arizona: 1 officer killed, 1 hurt by suspect in stolen car

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect in a stolen car struck and killed one officer and critically injured another during a wild chase involving gunfire and multiple law enforcement agencies in the suburbs of Phoenix, authorities said Thursday. Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar was killed ...

Anne Douglas, widow of late actor Kirk Douglas, dies at 102

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Anne Douglas, the widow of Kirk Douglas and stepmother of Michael Douglas, died Thursday in California. She was 102. Douglas died at her home in Beverly Hills, according to an obituary provided by spokeswoman Marcia Newberger. No cause of death was given. Kirk ...

A look at what’s next in the release of 2020 census data

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There were some genuine surprises in the first batch of data from the nation's 2020 head count released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Officials in some Sun Belt states were bewildered they did not gain more congressional seats from the apportionment numbers used ...

EXPLAINER: What to know about the Giuliani investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-running federal investigation into Rudy Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine moved back into public view Wednesday when federal agents seized electronic devices from the former mayor's home and office. The search was the latest development in an inquiry that overlapped ...

8 indicted in alcohol-related death after fraternity party

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Seven college students in Ohio and another man were indicted in the alcohol-related death of a 20-year-old who was found unconscious after a fraternity party, prosecutors said Thursday. A grand jury indicted the eight on charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to ...

Sheriff: Heavily armed gunman among 5 dead in home standoff

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A gunman who killed himself, two deputies and his mother and stepfather in a 13-hour home standoff in North Carolina had a large cache of weapons and may have been contemplating an attack in public, a sheriff said Thursday. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said ...

America’s gas-fueled vehicles imperil Biden’s climate goals

DETROIT (AP) — For President Joe Biden to reach his ambitious goal of slashing America's greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, huge reductions would have to come from someplace other than one of the worst culprits: Auto tailpipes. That's because there are just too many gas-powered ...

Therapy bunny at SF ballpark brings smiles, is instant hit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A handsome, golden-colored therapy bunny named Alex came to the ballpark and stole the hearts of San Francisco Giants fans Thursday night, attending the series opener against Miami with owners Kei Kato and Josh Row. Sporting a dark bow tie with orange crabs to represent ...

Court record: Chauvin to be sentenced June 16 in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, will be sentenced in June. Online court records say Chauvin will be sentenced on June 16 at 1:30 p.m., by Peter Cahill, the Hennepin County judge who ...

Vocabulary, lightning round added to National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee is undergoing a major overhaul to ensure it can identify a single champion, adding vocabulary questions and a lightning-round tiebreaker to this year's pandemic-altered competition. The 96-year-old bee has in the past included vocabulary on ...

NY won’t say what it told DOJ about nursing home outbreaks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it won't reveal what it told the U.S. Justice Department about COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, partly because doing so would be an "invasion of personal privacy." The Justice Department last year asked the governors of several states, ...

In court, Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to new charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell faced her trial judge in person for the first time Friday as lawyers squabbled over exactly when she should be tried on sex trafficking charges that allege that she procured teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse at his posh residences. Maxwell, ...