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Pilot lands helicopter in Gulf after reported engine failure

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A helicopter has made an emergency landing in water behind a beach resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department says it happened just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday behind the Beach Club Resort & Spa. News outlets report no injuries have been reported. Lynette Skipper was visiting...

Ex-Senate aide charged with lying about reporter contacts
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Ex-Senate aide charged with lying about reporter contacts

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former employee of the Senate intelligence committee has been arrested on charges of lying to the FBI about contacts he had with multiple reporters, federal prosecutors said Thursday. James A. Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the committee — one of multiple congressional panels investigating potential...

Alabama lawmaker indicted, charged with paying kickbacks
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Alabama lawmaker indicted, charged with paying kickbacks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he paid kickbacks to a doctor’s office that referred Medicare patients to his health care business — accusations the legislator strongly denied. State Rep. Ed Henry, a Republican from Hartselle, was charged with six counts of paying illegal kickbacks, five counts...

GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess
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GOP leader McConnell cancels most of Senate’s August recess

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate’s time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers confirm more of President Donald Trump’s nominees while keeping vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail. McConnell, R-Ky., said he decided to shorten the...

House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord
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House GOP in eleventh-hour attempt for immigration accord

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders want to push fractured Republicans toward consensus on immigration, racing the clock as they seek to defuse a GOP civil war threatening to wound their hopes for keeping control of the chamber in November’s elections. Republicans planned a closed-door meeting on the topic...

Trump commutes term of Alabama drug offender after Kardashian champions her cause
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Trump commutes term of Alabama drug offender after Kardashian champions her cause

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing his clemency powers once again, President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!” was the exuberant Twitter response from Kardashian West, who visited the White House...

In House runoff, Trump loyalty takes center stage
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In House runoff, Trump loyalty takes center stage

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press TROY, Ala. (AP) — Two years after withdrawing election support for Donald Trump because of his comments about women, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has been forced into a runoff with a former congressman that will gauge what is the bigger political sin for a Republican in a Deep South...

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Alabama sheriff loses election amid jail program criticism

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff who was criticized for making money from the county jail’s food program has been defeated in a primary election. In Alabama, it’s possible for sheriffs to personally profit from jail meals. In many cases, the less a sheriff spends on feeding inmates, the more he or she can...

Will Paul Ryan’s retirement be a chance to change the House?
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Will Paul Ryan’s retirement be a chance to change the House?

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring and there’s no guaranteed successor. And whichever party emerges from the November election in control of the House isn’t expected to have a big majority. It’s a recipe for upheaval, though one outside group sees a once-in-a-generation opportunity for lawmakers to...

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Governor: Ivey, Maddox win primaries, will face off in November

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has clinched the Republican nomination for governor without a runoff. Ivey won winner Tuesday after beating back a field of GOP challengers. She is seeking to win the office in her own right after becoming governor 14 months ago when her scandal-battered predecessor, Robert Bentley, resigned. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist...