Government and politics

Roger Torrent, speaker of Catalan Parliament attends a press conference at the Catalonia Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March. 21, 2018. Separatist parties had turned to Sanchez after dropping their bid to re-elect fugitive Catalan ex-president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in October. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
March 21, 2018 - 5:17 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the struggle to form a new government in Spain's secession-minded Catalonia region (all times local): 10:00 p.m. The Catalan Parliament speaker has set a Thursday afternoon vote to elect as the next regional president a former separatist minister who could be...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in March 2018 shows Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Redfield was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency. (Tracey Brown/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency. Dr. Robert Ray Redfield Jr., who rose to prominence in the 1980s as a top researcher into the emerging AIDS epidemic, has been...
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FILE -In this Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, employees and guests look over a new Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new car dealership in Seattle. Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend the tax break stalled during the recent legislative session. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 21, 2018 - 3:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative session. The current exemption expires in June 2019 or once 7,500 electric vehicles have been registered with the...
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Kosovo lawmakers leave as smoke fills the auditorium of the Kosovo assembly after opposition lawmakers released tear gas canisters disrupting a parliamentary session in Kosovo capital Pristina on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Kosovo's Parliament, has temporarily suspended its session after tear gas disrupted the vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
March 21, 2018 - 1:58 pm
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Two Kosovar lawmakers were injured Wednesday when the opposition used tear gas several times to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Lawmakers had to be evacuated from the Assembly building after the Self-Determination Movement party...
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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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March 21, 2018 - 1:55 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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Slovakian President Andrej Kiska arrives at the press conference at Presidential Palace in Bratislava on Tuesday March, 20, 2018. Slovakia's president has rejected a proposal for a new government following a crisis triggered by the killing of a journalist and his fiancee. Last week, the three-party coalition of Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned following massive street protests in the wake of the slayings that shone a light on possible corruption in the government. (Michal Svítok/TASR via AP)
March 21, 2018 - 1:12 pm
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president agreed with some misgivings Wednesday to appoint a new government to replace the one that resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the killings of a journalist and his fiancee. President Andrej Kiska said Wednesday that he was still not fully...
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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 - 12:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was warned in briefing materials to refrain from congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, but he did so anyway, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Aides included a section in Trump's briefing materials for his Tuesday...
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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 - 11:18 am
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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
March 21, 2018 - 10:36 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that the migrant influx of 2015 led to deep divisions in Germany and renewed a promise on Wednesday that it won't be repeated as she embarked on her fourth term. Merkel was sworn in last week at the head of a coalition of Germany's biggest parties...
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