State governments

FILE - In this May 30, 2018 file photo, Jon Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to Russia, arrives at the security checkpoint entrance of the White House in Washington. Huntsman on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, announced his 2020 candidacy for the Republican nomination for the office that he held from 2005 to 2009 before leaving to serve as a U.S. ambassador. Huntsman announced his candidacy in a statement before a scheduled kickoff swing Thursday and Friday to Cedar City and St. George in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 05, 2019 - 8:43 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation. “He’s...
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Emergency vehicles line the road near the scene of a helicopter crash Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, near Marty, Minn. A Black Hawk helicopter with three crew members aboard crashed Thursday in central Minnesota, a state National Guard official said. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 8:42 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — All three Minnesota National Guard soldiers were killed when the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz said. The identities of the soldiers were not released, pending notification of family. The crash was being investigated and preliminary...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 8:39 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 7:40 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The 53-year-old inmate, Lee Hall, was scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday evening for...
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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The 53-year-old inmate, Lee Hall, was scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday evening for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A commission Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past recommended Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 05, 2019 - 6:47 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the state’s...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019 file photo, California Republican Rep. Duncan D. Hunter leaves federal court in San Diego. Hunter has indicated he's on his way out of office after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, a break for California's beleaguered GOP that increases the chances the party keeps one of its few remaining House seats in the heavily Democratic state. But Hunter's pending departure also comes with a measure of uncertainty. There is no clear Republican favorite to succeed him in the San Diego County district, setting the stage for several months of party infighting in a race that could turn on local political loyalties or the potential involvement of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
December 05, 2019 - 5:23 pm
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter has indicated he's on his way out of office after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, a break for California's beleaguered GOP that increases the chances the party keeps one of its few remaining House seats in the heavily Democratic...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A commission Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past recommended Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 05, 2019 - 4:33 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A commission assigned to research racist laws from Virginia's past recommended Thursday that dozens of them be officially repealed, including measures that resisted desegregation, prevented black voters from casting ballots and prohibited interracial marriage. While most of the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, Wisconsin Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, right, looks on as then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to reporters in Milwaukee. Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on their seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)
December 05, 2019 - 4:29 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on findings from a seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols, Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday in a letter to legislative leaders. The Guard...
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December 05, 2019 - 3:48 pm
SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state authorities have confirmed five people in three days have been hit by trains, including three fatally struck. KOMO-TV reported Wednesday that the Puyallup Police Department announced two of the five people hit in western Washington state since Sunday appear to...
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