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Former Alabama lawmaker pleads guilty in health fraud case
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Former Alabama lawmaker pleads guilty in health fraud case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama lawmaker best known for leading the 2017 impeachment push against then-Gov. Robert Bentley, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a health care fraud case. Former state Rep. Ed Henry entered his plea on a charge of government property theft in a federal court in Montgomery. Prosecutors said medical doctors agreed...

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Funeral of slain officer set for arena in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The funeral of an Alabama police officer who was fatally shot while trying to make an arrest will be held in the main public arena in Birmingham. Police say a service for Sgt. Wytasha Carter will be held Saturday morning at Legacy Arena, which seats as many as 19,000 people. A...

Hearing set for suspect in Alabama mall shooting
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Hearing set for suspect in Alabama mall shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Alabama has scheduled a hearing for a man charged in gunfire that sparked a fatal police shooting which set off weeks of protests near Birmingham. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning for Erron Brown, who’s charged with attempted murder in a shooting that severely injured a...

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FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who traded his car for an antitank rocket and explosives in a plot to storm the White House is under arrest, authorities said. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested in an FBI sting operation Wednesday and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned...

GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed
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GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a ploy...

New US strategy foresees sensors in space to track missiles
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New US strategy foresees sensors in space to track missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. Details about the administration’s Missile Defense Review — the first compiled since 2010 —...

House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks
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House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks

By LAURIE KELLMAN and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House. In a twist, the nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure of disapproval, which was adopted, 424-1. King said he agreed with...

Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on
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Congress prepares to skip planned recess if shutdown goes on

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown. The House and Senate announced Tuesday...

Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist
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Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing “I will not be bullied,” President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt...

Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments
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Judge voids Alabama law protecting Confederate monuments

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge has overturned an Alabama law meant to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments from public property, ruling the act infringed on the rights of citizens in a mostly black city who are “repulsed” by a memorial in a city park. The 10-page ruling issued late...