Elections

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
April 10, 2019 - 5:39 am
Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight against a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 8:08 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation. According to the Tennessee Equality Project,...
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In this March 19, 2019, photo Zack Shelton, of Swish Analytics, left, explains how to place a bet at the Skyloft Predictive Gaming Lounge inside the Golden 1 Center, home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, in Sacramento, Calif. Although sports betting is not legal in California, the SkyLoft Lounge is being used for contests that don't involve gambling. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 08, 2019 - 5:28 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization but only if they retain a monopoly. In many...
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April 07, 2019 - 3:53 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died. He was 72. Alexandra Hughes, the speaker's chief of staff, said Busch died Sunday, surrounded by loved ones. Busch, a progressive Democrat, had developed pneumonia after a follow-up...
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April 04, 2019 - 3:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A union lobbyist who worked just one day as a substitute teacher is entitled to a pension worth potentially tens of thousands of dollars annually, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an opinion reinforcing its position that retirement benefits promised to public...
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This combination of 2019 photos shows newly-elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, left; and Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Buttigieg highlights the remarkable recent progress made by gay and lesbian politicians, to the point where their sexual orientation is either an asset or a non-issue. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Jose Luis Magana)
April 03, 2019 - 10:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Mayor Pete," as he's known to his growing fan base, is running a surprisingly strong and well-funded campaign for president. Lori Lightfoot has just won a landslide victory to become Chicago's mayor. Together, the ascendance of Lightfoot and Pete Buttigieg — the two-term mayor of...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax addresses the media during a news conference in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Fairfax addressed sexual misconduct allegations made by two women against him and presented the results of a polygraph test. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
April 03, 2019 - 6:37 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Wednesday he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him. Speaking at a news conference, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue and the sexual encounters...
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Lori Lightfoot speaks at her election night party Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Chicago. Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African-American woman to lead the city. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 03, 2019 - 3:19 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor's race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first black woman and openly gay person to lead the nation's third-largest city. Lightfoot, who had...
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Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden embraces her brother Courtney McSpadden during McSpadden's election night watch party after losing the Ferguson City Council race at Sweetie Pie's in Dellwood on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in St. Louis. Her son died in a police shooting that helped give rise to the national Black Lives Matter movement. McSpadden finished third in a three-way race in Ferguson's 3rd Ward. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 12:58 am
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's mother was defeated Tuesday in her bid for a seat on the City Council in Ferguson, Missouri, where her son died in a police shooting that helped give rise to the national Black Lives Matter movement. Lesley McSpadden finished third in a three-way race in...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)
April 03, 2019 - 12:55 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and investment firm founder Greg Lindberg are among four people facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges. In federal indictments, prosecutors say that in a series of clandestine meetings in closed restaurants and small airport...
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