Government and politics

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Kelly Monroe, investigator with the Georgia Secretary of State office, left, takes a look at a new voting machine that produces a paper record being tested at a polling site in Conyers, Ga. States have quickly tapped into $380 million from the federal government to help them shore up their election systems. A report released Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says the largest chunk will be used to improve cybersecurity in 41 states and territories. More than a quarter of the money will go to buy new voting equipment. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
August 21, 2018 - 9:06 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Racing to shore up their election systems before November, states are using millions of dollars from the federal government to tighten cybersecurity, safeguard their voter registration rolls and improve communication between county and state election officers. The U.S. Election...
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People hold posters to support Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is currently on hunger strike in a Russian jail to demand the release of the other Ukrainian hostages taken by the Kremlin, in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Today is the 100th day since the beginning of the indefinite hunger strike of Oleg Sentsov, announced on May 14, 2018, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
August 21, 2018 - 9:05 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The family of an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days says he is in critical condition. Oleg Sentsov, a native of the Russia-annexed Crimea Peninsula, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to commit terrorism. His...
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August 21, 2018 - 7:48 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's government says it will wait for a new Romanian gas pipeline to be built rather than extend a deal with Russian energy company Gazprom. Economy Minister Chiril Gaburici told the TVC21 cable network that the economically-struggling nation, which relies on Russia...
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August 21, 2018 - 7:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain wants the European Union to ensure its sanctions on Russia are sufficiently comprehensive in response to accusations Moscow poisoned a former Russian spy in Britain, using a nerve agent. In advance excerpts from his first speech in the U.S. as the U.K.'s foreign secretary...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event to salute U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 21, 2018 - 6:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad...
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August 21, 2018 - 4:00 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is launching a $1.8 million ad buy for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced the TV, cable and digital ad buy on Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of seven-figure ad...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon sits in his office in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, Wyo. Gordon is among those seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Gov. Matt Mead. The winner in the Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, will likely meet Democratic former state Rep. Mary Throne, of Cheyenne, in November. Throne faces three little-known opponents in the Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Ben Neary, File)
August 21, 2018 - 1:16 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose from six Republican candidates for governor and to decide whether a wealthy outsider has made his case to oust an influential U.S. senator. The governor's race is Wyoming's most contested since 2010, when Matt Mead won 29...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo two surfers share a wave at the Mavericks surf spot off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 that he signed a bill making surfing the official state sport. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)
August 21, 2018 - 1:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Let's go surfing now, everybody's learning how," the Beach Boys have been telling us in song since 1962. And if you haven't started listening by now — and you live in California — perhaps it's time you did. On Monday surfing became the official sport of California. So grab a...
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In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, walks to the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for a meeting with her on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh is set to meet with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who’s seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation. Collins supports abortion rights, but has spoken highly of President Donald Trump’s nominee. Kavanaugh is also meeting separately with Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 21, 2018 - 12:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to meet with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation. Collins supports abortion rights and has vowed to oppose any nominee who has "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. But...
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Flint resident Ariana Hawkins celebrates with Katrina Petri after Genesee District Judge David J. Goggins gave his decision during Nick Lyon's preliminary examination on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Goggins ordered Lyons to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, the highest ranking official to stand trial as a result of the tainted water scandal. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 8:48 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan's health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city's tainted water scandal. Nick Lyon is...
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