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Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un
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Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

By MATTHEW LEE and MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he’s “very hopeful” that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won’t be reassured by U.S. demands for “rapid denuclearization.” The decision about whether...

AG sues over inclusion of migrants in US Census
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AG sues over inclusion of migrants in US Census

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the longstanding practice of including immigrants living in the country illegally in U.S. Census counts that are used to determine congressional districts. In the lawsuit filed Monday, Attorney General Steve Marshall argues that the predicted...

Tropical disturbance could develop into depression
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Tropical disturbance could develop into depression

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane forecasters say a tropical disturbance nearing the Gulf of Mexico has a 40 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression this week. National Hurricane Center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen says if the system eventually strengthens into a tropical storm, it would be the first of the 2018 season...

Alabama governor opposes release of Judith Ann Neelley
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Alabama governor opposes release of Judith Ann Neelley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is opposing parole for a woman convicted of killing a teenager who was abducted from a north Georgia shopping mall more than 35 years ago. Ivey sent a letter urging the state’s parole board to reject an early release for Judith Ann Neelley, 53. Members are scheduled...

Phenix City schools: No punishment over racist video
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Phenix City schools: No punishment over racist video

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — A southeast Alabama school system says it can’t punish students who are seen chanting a racial epithet and cursing the NAACP in a video on social media. Phenix City Schools superintendent Randy Wilkes told a news conference Monday the video showing five young men is “terribly offensive.” But he says...

Congress moves to dismantle part of Dodd-Frank
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Congress moves to dismantle part of Dodd-Frank

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative...

History in Georgia as 4 states vote ahead of midterms
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History in Georgia as 4 states vote ahead of midterms

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — It was shaping up as a big night for women Tuesday as four states cast primary and runoff ballots, with Georgia Democrats taking the lead by giving Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history. Abrams already set historical marks...

Hightower runs for governor on flat tax, term limits
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Hightower runs for governor on flat tax, term limits

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Sen. Bill Hightower is stressing his background as a businessman as he runs for governor on a sweeping platform of proposed government overhauls that include term limits for legislators and replacing the state income tax code with a flat tax. “I think Alabama needs a businessman....

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of North Korea summit
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Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of North Korea summit

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker’s worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering. As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he...

The Latest: Congressmen to review Russia probe information
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The Latest: Congressmen to review Russia probe information

By DESMOND BUTLER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and “review” highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe. The agreement came after...