- Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79 Updated: Feb-13-16 7:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79.
- Scalia death sparks election-year fight over filling vacancy Updated: Feb-13-16 7:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia's death immediately sparked a new and heated election-year fight over whether President Barack Obama should fill the high court vacancy, with Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail arguing the nomination should fall to the next president.
- The Latest: Scalia's death sparks debate over replacing him Updated: Feb-13-16 7:07 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (all times local):
- Puerto Rican judge nominated as 1st gay chief justice Updated: Feb-13-16 1:59 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rican judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez has been nominated to head the U.S. territory's Supreme Court as the first openly gay chief justice in the United States.
- Ideology not only differences for Supreme Court hopefuls Updated: Feb-13-16 1:43 pm
MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election arrives Tuesday with the same overt partisanship that has characterized the court itself in recent years, but a look past the campaign ads finds more differences in the candidates than just ideology.
- Former federal prosecutor appointed to judicial vacancy Updated: Feb-13-16 5:05 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Gov. Susana Martinez has selected a former federal prosecutor to fill a vacancy in New Mexico's busiest judicial district.
- Elections board predicts 10 percent turnout Tuesday Updated: Feb-12-16 6:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board is predicting about 10 percent of eligible voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the spring primary election.
- Administration Secretary Daughtridge leaving McCrory Cabinet Updated: Feb-12-16 2:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Another original member of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's Cabinet is leaving his job, as the governor announced Friday he had appointed state Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
- Senate confirms nominees for State posts and ambassadorships Updated: Feb-12-16 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed on Friday six of President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassadorships and senior positions at the State Department after GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his opposition.
- Alabama judge nominated to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Updated: Feb-12-16 5:55 am
ATLANTA - President Barack Obama has nominated an Alabama judge to fill a vacancy left in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Sheldon named chancery judge in 5 south Mississippi counties Updated: Feb-11-16 8:07 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed a new chancery judge in five south Mississippi counties.
- As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead Updated: Feb-11-16 6:35 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead.
- Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary Updated: Feb-11-16 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.
- No end in sight in Virginia Supreme Court spat Updated: Feb-11-16 4:53 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush is about to lose her dream job. Whether she gets it back is still unclear.
- The Latest: Taylor has no problem letting voters decide pot Updated: Feb-11-16 4:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest from a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press (all times local):
- IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term Updated: Feb-11-16 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term.
- New Oklahoma prisons chief: Facilities crumbling, morale low Updated: Feb-10-16 6:52 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A longtime Republican political operative who previously headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency now has the daunting task of leading Oklahoma's overcrowded and underfunded prison system, which has come under increasing scrutiny after a series of problematic executions.
- Jumbled GOP field hopes for survival in South Carolina Updated: Feb-10-16 5:32 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination.
- Acting secretary to Department of Transportation named Updated: Feb-10-16 4:25 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Roger Millar to serve as acting secretary of transportation following the Senate's firing of the previous secretary.
- 3rd Massachusetts justice in 1 week announces retirement Updated: Feb-10-16 2:03 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice Fernande Duffly said Wednesday she would retire in July, making her the third member of the state's highest court in the past week to announce plans to leave the bench and providing Gov. Charlie Baker a rare chance to shape the court's long-term future.
- UAE picks woman to be first "happiness" minister Updated: Feb-10-16 11:55 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Forget the negative headlines pouring from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates thinks it's time to focus on something brighter instead.
- Senate committee backs nominee for OPM director after breach Updated: Feb-10-16 11:19 am
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee is backing President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Personnel Management.
- Bullock suspends work of Clean Power Plan panel after ruling Updated: Feb-09-16 8:46 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday suspended the work of a panel appointed to address new federal carbon dioxide emissions rules after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the key component of President Barack Obama's climate change plan.
- Indiana's Pence changes running mate before election Updated: Feb-09-16 7:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said Tuesday she is stepping aside as Gov. Mike Pence's running mate in an unusual move that allows a former state Republican Party chairman to join the ticket with the governor for a tough re-election campaign.
- LePage withdraws nominee amid spat over transgender rules Updated: Feb-09-16 6:34 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul Page is temporarily withdrawing his nomination for education commissioner amid a disagreement with lawmakers over issues related to transgender students because he says Democrats plan to reject the choice for reasons unrelated to job abilities.