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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2017, file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., second from right, holds hands with his wife Franni Bryson, left, as he leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken says he “absolutely” regrets resigning from the Senate after eight women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. Franken made the comments in an article published by the New Yorker magazine on Monday, July 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 22, 2019 - 4:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after seven women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. Franken made the comments in an interview with The New Yorker magazine , his first in-depth interview since...
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Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez gives a speech during the parliamentary debate at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Spain, Monday, July 22, 2019. Sánchez will seek the endorsement of the Spanish Parliament on Monday ahead of this week's confidence votes for him to form a new government. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
July 22, 2019 - 4:17 pm
MADRID (AP) — The clock is ticking for Spain's caretaker prime minister to win the backing of left-wing rivals that he needs to keep his Socialist party in power. Pedro Sánchez addressed the lower house of the Spanish parliament Monday, ahead of the first of two chances he will have this week to...
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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses lawmakers during a parliamentary session to present his government's policies in Athens, Saturday, July 20, 2019.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
July 22, 2019 - 3:32 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new conservative government says it wants to ease tough budget restrictions set by bailout lenders two years ahead of schedule, as lawmakers prepared Monday to formally confirm the new administration. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Athens will seek...
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FILE - In this July 6, 2019, file photo, motorcyclists participate in a ride in Randolph, N.H., to remember seven bikers killed there in a collision with a pickup truck in June. State transportation officials in Massachusetts are expected to be questioned during a legislative oversight hearing on Monday, July 22, 2019, in Boston, about the Registry of Motor Vehicles' failure to suspend the commercial license of the truck driver charged in the crash that killed the seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP, File)
July 22, 2019 - 3:24 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers opened and then abruptly suspended their inquiry Monday into troubles at the state motor vehicle department that were exposed by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation voted to recess just minutes into its...
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FILE - This May 29, 2019 file photo shows special counsel Robert Mueller speaking about the Russia investigation at the Department of Justice in Washington. MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor, apologized and deleted a tweet that appeared to confuse readers about Fox News Channel’s plans to cover Mueller’s testimony before Congress this week. Vance said on Twitter Sunday, July 21, that Fox isn’t airing Mueller’s testimony because President Donald Trump is afraid of what will happen to his supporters if they heard Mueller. But Fox is airing the testimony Wednesday, along with ABC, CBS , NBC and the cable new news networks. Vance tweeted that while she meant it ironically, “my apologies to anyone I confused.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An MSNBC contributor apologized and deleted a tweet that appeared to confuse readers about Fox News Channel's plans to cover special prosecutor Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress this week. Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor, said Sunday on Twitter that Fox isn't...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the "Presidential Social Media Summit" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 22, 2019 - 2:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Monday that he wouldn't be watching former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming congressional testimony, then conceded he might watch "a little bit." Mueller, whose appearance on Capitol Hill has been anticipated for months, is expected to...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a cat named Rubio walks in front of the podium during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a ban on the practice of declawing cats. A bill that would prohibit declawing is scheduled for a public hearing at the Statehouse on Monday, July 22, 2019, before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. In May, New York become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:16 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis waves to supporters after making her concession speech in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Monday, July 22, 2019, that she's running for Congress in 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 22, 2019 - 1:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...
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July 22, 2019 - 1:05 pm
SALEM, Oregon (AP) — In a story July 21 about a new law that will allow Oregon students to take "mental health days," The Associated Press misspelled the first name of one of the bill's advocates. She is Hailey Hardcastle, not Haily. The story also gave the wrong title for Debbie Plotnik. She is...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 22, 2019 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are on the cusp of a critical debt and budget agreement, a deal that would amount to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over fiscal deadlines. Aides on both...
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