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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former utility executive, is greeted by her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 15, 2018 - 8:59 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first...
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FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga. U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, The Labor Department says the April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
August 15, 2018 - 8:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. The April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter, the Labor...
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Arnelle Hardy, left, asks people in Lafayette Park across from the White House to join them in sending encouragement to the family of Aretha Franklin who is seriously ill, in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 15, 2018 - 8:55 am
DETROIT (AP) — People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday. The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, applauds with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 15, 2018 - 1:54 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation's first...
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Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman declared she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
August 15, 2018 - 12:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog," as a clash rooted in the reality star's accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans. The...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2018, file photo, minutes after receiving the Republican Party endorsement for governor, Jeff Johnson pauses behind the stage, in Duluth, Minn. Johnson has been supportive of President Donald Trump. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 14, 2018 - 11:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:05 p.m. County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has beaten former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota's Republican primary for governor, derailing Pawlenty's bid to reclaim his old job. Johnson won...
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Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, shakes hands with her supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 14, 2018 - 10:02 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party's primary to seek a second term and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asks a question at a House Committee on Financial Services hearing in Washington. Ellison decided to leave Congress for a chance to make a difference as his state's attorney general, but an ex-girlfriend's late accusation of domestic abuse clouded what had been his race to lose. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 14, 2018 - 7:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and first Muslim elected to Congress, sought his party's nomination Tuesday for Minnesota attorney general in a race clouded in the final days by an ex-girlfriend's allegation of domestic abuse. The...
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A man, who declined to be identified, kneels outside the Nebraska State Penitentiary, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection. Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been sentenced to death for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979.(Eric Gregory /Lincoln Journal Star via AP)
August 14, 2018 - 7:42 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska's first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Death penalty opponents protested Nebraska's execution of its longest-serving death row inmate at a rally outside the state Capitol. The event drew more than 150 people early Tuesday evening, hours...
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From left, attorney Matt McQuaid, defendant Kenneth Williams, attorney Julie Koehler, attorney Gina Piemonte, defendant Micheail Ward, and attorney Scott Kozicki, stand at the start of the the Hadiya Pendleton murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Chicago. Williams and Ward are standing trial in the 2013 shooting death of Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
August 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Defense lawyers highlighted a lack of physical evidence as the trial started Tuesday for two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. Separate...
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