Government and politics

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Herbert on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 signed a bill allowing women to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription for birth control. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 21, 2018 - 3:44 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed...
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The Supreme Court begins to receive a Spring snow fall, Wednesday morning, March 21, 2018 in Washington. Although the court is open for business today, the coming spring nor'easter caused the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
March 21, 2018 - 3:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction. The government had interpreted a section of the tax code to give it a broad ability to charge someone with obstructing or impeding the work...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, July 7, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The Kremlin said Trump called Putin to congratulate him on re-election, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump spoke with Putin Tuesday March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 21, 2018 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's call to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is defending his decision to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, saying his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. Greitens is expected to ask a judge to move up his criminal trial to April 3, more than a month earlier than scheduled. Attorneys for the Republican governor at a hearing Monday, March, 19, 2018 also asked for a bench trial. The circuit attorney's office opposes both notions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
March 21, 2018 - 3:08 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has claimed to be the victim of a political witch hunt since the day a St. Louis grand jury accused him of taking a compromising photo of a woman during a sexual affair. So it's only logical that the Republican governor, facing trial in a heavily...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018 file photo, New York candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon speaks during her first campaign stop after announcing she would challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination, at a church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In the already tense New York governor's primary race between the two-term incumbent and the openly gay "Sex and the City" star, there's one issue on which the two Democrats unquestionably share common ground and deep histories: gay rights. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
March 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In her first appearance as a New York gubernatorial candidate, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon hammered her Democratic opponent Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the crumbling subway, the "cesspool" of corruption in state government and inequality across the state. But she couldn't...
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Kimmo Lahdevirta from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland reads out a press statement concerning the meeting on Northeast Asian issues at the Knigstedt Manor in Vantaa Finland on Wednesday March 21, 2018 . The U.S., North Korean and South Korean delegations attended for unofficial talks in K'nigstedt Manor for the second day. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 2:15 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to be laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores in New York. Opening arguments in the federal government’s case to block AT&T’s efforts to gobble up Time Warner have been postponed until Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 21, 2018 - 2:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening arguments are set for Thursday in the federal government's efforts to block AT&T's efforts to gobble up Time Warner in a case that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to buy Time Warner to compete with the...
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, joined by former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, right, speaks before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election security on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 21, 2018 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2018 elections already underway, senators chided the current and former secretaries of Homeland Security on Wednesday for not more strongly warning the American public about past Russian intrusions in state election systems and for a lack of urgency to protect balloting...
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, accompanied by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, speaks as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appear before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election security on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 21, 2018 - 1:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. election security (all times local): 1 p.m. Senators are worried about the Russian threat to the security of U.S. elections, and they say Homeland Security leaders from the Trump and Obama administrations should have more forcefully warned Americans about...
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Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses the crowd on primary election night, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. Rauner has won the Republican nomination for a second term, and will face Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker in the general election. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 21, 2018 - 11:28 am
Illinois voters added their voices to the 2018 primary season, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner surviving an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the right and a suburban Chicago congressman, Dan Lipinski, narrowly dispatching a Democratic challenger fueled by the party's liberal wing...
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