Cabinet appointments and nominations

FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state attorney general’s office to suspend its probe into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by movie producer Weinstein. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 29, 2018 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state attorney general's office to suspend its investigation into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Barbara Underwood confirmed Wednesday...
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Incoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is sworn in at Government House, Canberra, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor)
August 25, 2018 - 3:50 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's new leader Scott Morrison has spoken with President Donald Trump, organized his Cabinet and met drought-affected farmers as the backlash continues over another prime minister selected by an internal party vote. A day after replacing Malcolm Turnbull following a ballot...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department, in Washington. Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said they both would visit Pyongyang next week. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 23, 2018 - 4:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said the two would visit Pyongyang next week. Pompeo announced that he had chosen Stephen Biegun to handle day-to-day negotiations with the North...
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Smoke rises from a house where suspected attackers were hiding while policemen arrests two suspects, left, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The Taliban fired rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani was giving his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, said police official Jan Agha. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
August 23, 2018 - 4:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, as the Trump administration prepared to appoint a diplomatic veteran as a new special envoy for the war-...
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Smoke rises from a house where suspected attackers were hiding while policemen arrests two suspects, left, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The Taliban fired rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul Tuesday as President Ashraf Ghani was giving his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, said police official Jan Agha. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
August 22, 2018 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, as the Trump administration prepared to appoint a diplomatic veteran as a new special envoy for the war-...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman speaks to reporters after he and his running mate Sen. John Doll delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office in Topeka, Kan., to formalize their campaign for governor. A Democratic legislative leader’s aide is challenging Orman’s right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 20, 2018 - 7:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats' chances of winning. Attorney...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2011, file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, confers with Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker during a Kansas House Elections Committee hearing on Kobach's bill for cracking down on election fraud at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kobach says he's stepping aside from his duties as the state's top elections official while his hotly contested Republican primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer remains unresolved. Kobach announced his decision Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in a letter to Colyer. Kobach said he is handing his election duties over to Rucker. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
August 11, 2018 - 9:57 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The counting of the last ballots in the tight and contentious Republican primary for Kansas governor will stretch out over the next week and still might not settle the race. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Gov. Jeff Colyer by 110 votes out of 313,000-plus cast after...
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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer talks to reporters in Topeka, Kan., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, a day after his primary race against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
August 10, 2018 - 12:03 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a "symbolic" step in response to a public demand from Colyer. The...
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