- New Bevo, ill Mike remind us how attached we are to mascots Updated: May-28-16 11:07 am
Word about college mascots in Texas and Louisiana this week was a reminder of the strong emotional connection sports fans have with live animal mascots.
- Wisconsin redistricting trial wraps up Updated: May-27-16 7:48 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries that Republicans drew up five years ago have robbed Democratic-leaning voters of their voices, attorneys argued Friday as they wrapped up a federal trial over whether the lines are constitutional.
- Abu Zubaydah called as witness in 9/11 case at Guantanamo Updated: May-26-16 5:38 pm
MIAMI - A Palestinian not seen publicly since his 2002 capture by the CIA launched a brutal interrogation program may soon make his first appearance in a U.S. courtroom.
- Chief Justice John Roberts speaks on diversity, consensus Updated: May-25-16 4:32 pm
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that building a consensus among the justices is important, although he admits he can't do it on his own.
- Hacker Guccifer pleads guilty to disclosing Bush emails Updated: May-25-16 1:32 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer will serve at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family in 2013 and publicly releasing private family photos.
- The Latest: Ex-GOP lawmaker wins Railroad Commission runoff Updated: May-24-16 11:27 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Latest on Texas' primary runoff elections (all times local):
- US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law Updated: May-24-16 7:48 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Whether a strict Texas voter ID law should be struck down, upheld, or, perhaps, adjusted is now up to 15 federal appeals court judges.
- Committee studying how to replace ISTEP holds first meeting Updated: May-24-16 4:29 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A committee that will study how Indiana should go about replacing the troubled ISTEP exam held its first meeting Tuesday and will face a tight deadline to make formal recommendations to lawmakers before the test is ultimately scrapped in July of next year.
- Former ambassador to Vatican to run for Congress in Fla. Updated: May-23-16 6:40 pm
MIAMI - A former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican says he's running for the southwest Florida House seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Curt Clawson.
- To diffuse protests, UNC board opens limited public comment Updated: May-23-16 6:06 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's public university governing board is lending an ear to protesters in hopes of diffusing demonstrations that have gone on for months and led to some arrests, college leaders said Monday.
- In swing state suburbs, white women are skeptical of Trump Updated: May-21-16 1:05 pm
WESTERVILLE, Ohio - For Donald Trump to win the White House in November, he'll need the votes of women like lifelong Republican Wendy Emery.
- Brannon, US Reps. Holding and Ellmers debate for GOP primary Updated: May-19-16 8:48 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two U.S. House members with their political futures on the line debated Thursday one of the core issues in their upcoming Republican primary - who deserves to be called a true conservative.
- GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill Updated: May-18-16 10:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.
- Colorado's Allison Eid on Donald Trump's Supreme Court list Updated: May-18-16 7:52 pm
DENVER - Allison Eid, a Colorado Supreme Court justice, is on Donald Trump's list of possible successors to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Trump includes Wisconsin's Sykes on Supreme Court list Updated: May-18-16 4:57 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has included Wisconsin's Diane Sykes on his list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.
- Former solicitor general to join opposition to LGBT law Updated: May-18-16 2:25 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A former solicitor general for the George W. Bush administration will help North Carolina businesses in their opposition to the state's new law limiting discrimination claims against the state.
- Republicans push to get Amish, Mennonites to the polls Updated: May-16-16 3:39 pm
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - Republicans with ties to Newt Gingrich and Ben Carson have launched an effort to drive Amish and Mennonite voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio to the polls in record numbers this fall.
- Obama: Condoleezza Rice protests at Rutgers misguided Updated: May-15-16 2:07 pm
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey - President Barack Obama says the protests that led former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to back out of delivering a commencement address at Rutgers University two years ago were misguided.
- Mitchell, Collins, speak at Maine commencement ceremonies Updated: May-14-16 2:20 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Sen. Susan Collins used a law school commencement address Saturday to decry the politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court while peace negotiator and former Senate leader George Mitchell challenged University of Southern Maine graduates to speak out against discrimination and injustice.
- Seattleites help Syrian refugees here and overseas Updated: May-14-16 3:05 am
SEATTLE - Su Olsen did not know where she was going, though she was leaving in a week. It would be somewhere in Greece, she knew that much. The 70-year-old jewelry maker from Bainbridge Island had been so moved upon reading about the refugees flooding there from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East that she decided she had to help, in person, the Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/23HP3Bb).
- Obamas welcome leaders, celebrities to Nordic State Dinner Updated: May-13-16 11:37 pm
WASHINGTON - Famous people and people just famous-for-Washington scored coveted invitations to Friday night's White House state dinner honoring the leaders of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway.
- The Latest: Michelle Obama wears Naeem Khan to state dinner Updated: May-13-16 7:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on the White House state dinner for Nordic leaders:
- Stenehjem reports raising $752K; less than Burgum Updated: May-13-16 7:06 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he has raised about $752,000 in his bid for governor, less than the $966,000 reported by his GOP rival, wealthy Fargo businessman Doug Burgum.
- Obama's Hiroshima trip rekindles decades-old controversies Updated: May-13-16 4:04 am
WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama tours Hiroshima's haunting relics of nuclear warfare, he will be making a trip that past administrations weighed and avoided. For good reason: The hollowed core of the city's A-Bomb Dome and old photos of charred children are sure to rekindle questions of guilt and penitence for World War II's gruesome brutality.
- Judge sides with House Republicans against health care law Updated: May-12-16 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON - In a setback for the Obama health care law, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the administration is unconstitutionally subsidizing medical bills for millions of people while ignoring congressional power over government spending.