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Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 15, 2020 - 6:49 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia. By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse last fall. With full control of government in...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, then-Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., stands in front of the Capitol during a week of orientation for incoming members, in Washington. Republicans are eager to recapture a string of California U.S. House seats a that the party lost in a 2018 rout, but the job is looking tougher: The numbers are running against them. State voter registration statistics show Democrats gaining ground in key battleground districts that the party seized two years ago, on its way to regaining control of the House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 15, 2020 - 10:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans hope to recapture seven California U.S. House seats lost in a 2018 rout, but Democrats are gaining ground among registered voters as the party looks to hold districts that could be critical in the fight to control Congress. Registration numbers are just one indicator...
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FILE - This Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020 file photo shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, bottom left, as he recognizes House speaker, Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Farifax, right, while he prepares to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address as Lt. gov. Justin Fairfax, top left, applauds before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 15, 2020 - 9:56 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. Lawmakers are on the verge of passing the South's strictest gun laws, broadest...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, greets U.S. Senators Ron Johnson Chris, second left, Chris Murphy and John Barrasso during their visit in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
February 15, 2020 - 8:51 am
MUNICH (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy vowed Saturday to end the separatist conflict in the east of his country, where fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Zelenskiy said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Attorney General William Barr before Trump signed an executive order creating a commission to study law enforcement and justice at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Chicago. Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe Thursday at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after the Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. they had initially recommended in a court filing that President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant Roger Stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison. But the next day, the Justice Department took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 15, 2020 - 12:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a public rebuke from his attorney general, President Donald Trump says has the "legal right" to intervene in criminal cases and sidestep the Justice Department's historic independence. At the same time, it was revealed federal prosecutors have been ordered to review the...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
February 14, 2020 - 9:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Dowdy, front, fields a grounder as pitchers Carlos Carrasco, left, Shane Bieber, middle, and Logan Allen, right, look on during spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 14, 2020 - 5:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 14, 2020 - 5:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday there is no investigation into the Army officer who until last week worked at the White House National Security Council and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. McCarthy said Lt. Col. Alex Vindman has been...
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FILE - In this May 28, 2014, file photo, migrants are released from ICE custody at a Greyhound bus station in Phoenix. A Customs and Border Protection memo dated Jan. 28, 2020, obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for illegal immigrants, despite the company's insistence that it has no choice but to do so. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)
February 14, 2020 - 2:03 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A Customs and Border Protection memo obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for illegal immigrants, which is contrary to the company's long insistence that it has no...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. A Florida law that allows judges to bar anyone deemed dangerous from possessing firearms has been used 3,500 times since its enactment after the 2018 high school massacre. An Associated Press analysis shows the law is being used unevenly around the state. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
February 14, 2020 - 11:49 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, “I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree." A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. A 31-year-old Gulf Coast man who pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a motorcyclist. All four Florida...
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