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Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she’ll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP...

Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first Tuesday by winning a Democratic congressional primary in a Minneapolis-area district so reliably liberal that her victory is likely her ticket to Congress. Omar, who drew national attention just...

Somali-American nears new historic mark with primary win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The nation’s first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary in Minnesota Tuesday to replace Rep. Keith Ellison. State Rep. Ilhan Omar captured the Democratic...

The Latest: Newberger wins GOP nod for Sen. Klobuchar’s seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Minnesota state Rep. Jim Newberger has won the GOP primary to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar). Newberger beat...

Judge may acquit women or call defense in Kim Jong Nam trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Southeast Asian women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense in a case that has gripped the world. Indonesia’s...

‘Not an easy time’ for Chris Pratt after Gunn firing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt says “it’s not an easy time” as he and the rest of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn. Pratt told The Associated...

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia’s 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest...

In AP interview, Omarosa says Trump is trying to silence her

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle. In an...

No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump’s political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs...

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston ‘honor killings’

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jordanian immigrant was sentenced to death on Tuesday after being convicted in what prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter’s American husband and an Iranian women’s rights activist in Texas. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found...