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Of founders and findings: What to watch on impeachment

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled openWednesday's impeachment hearingsagainst the nation's 45th president, launching the business of ...

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

By STEVE PEOPLES, KATHLEEN RONAYNE and ERRIN HAINES Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the Democratic nomination. ...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone following widespread criticism from Malone's staff, priests and the public over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican ...

Trump team on Capitol Hill amid ‘serious misconduct’ probe

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee opened its first impeachment hearing Wednesday, moving swiftly to weigh findings by fellow lawmakers that President Donald Trump misused the power of his office for personal political ...

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

By BEN NADLER and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban ...

Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days ...

Prosecutor says he will seek 1 year for corrupt congressman

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal prosecutor said he plans to ask for at least a year in prison for California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to misusing $150,000 in campaign funds for his own personal expenses. The six-term Republican, who had fought ...

Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than white people, new federal figures show. Racial gaps broadly ...

House report outlines evidence for Trump impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House released a sweeping impeachment report Tuesday outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump's wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the ...

Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

By LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the ...