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1/6 Takeaways: Angry Trump, dire legal warnings and ketchup

The House Jan. 6 committee held a surprise hearing Tuesday delivering alarming new testimony about Donald Trump's angry, defiant and vulgar actions as he ignored repeated warnings against summoning the mob to the Capitol and then refused to intervene to stop the deadly violence as rioters laid ...

California budget won’t cover out-of-state abortion travel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While Gov. Gavin Newsom has pledged to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions, his administration won't spend public money to help people from other states travel to California for the procedure. Newsom's decision, included in a budget agreement ...

US Senate sergeant-at-arms during Capitol riot dies at 71

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Stenger, who served as the U.S. Senate's sergeant-at-arms and resigned after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, has died. He was 71. Stenger died Monday of natural causes, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of the people said he had been ...

NC GOP unveils budget; House backs Medicaid expansion path

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled state budget adjustments for the coming year, proposing to spend or set aside billions in expected extra tax collections to raise worker pay, recruit companies, build more infrastructure and combat ...

New Mexico certifies primary election results after standoff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state election board on Tuesday certified results of a primary that was nearly derailed by county officials amid voter anger and distrust fueled by unfounded conspiracies about vote-counting equipment and election procedures. Secretary of State Maggie ...

Biden team strains to flex muscles in abortion fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's top health official said Tuesday that "every option is on the table" when it comes to helping women access abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. But the gap between outrage over the ruling and the administration's ...

Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security's warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony Tuesday before the House committee investigating the 2021 ...

Trump painted in testimony as volatile, angry president

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump learned his attorney general had publicly rejected his election fraud claims, he heaved his lunch at the wall with such force that the porcelain plate shattered and ketchup streamed down. On the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, consumed by crowd size ...

Lankford wins GOP primary in race for U.S. Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford won Tuesday's GOP primary outright in his race for reelection to another six-year term in the U.S. Senate. Lankford, 54, defeated Tulsa pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, 30, and Joan Farr, 67, of Broken Arrow and will be a heavy favorite to defeat the ...

Weaver wins Republican nomination for SC education leader

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina education superintendent candidate backed by the Republican establishment came back from her second place finish in the primary to win the runoff. Also on Tuesday, state Rep. Krystle Matthews won the runoff to be the Democratic candidate for U.S. ...

Hofmeister, Stitt advance in Oklahoma governor’s race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Democrat Joy Hofmeister easily won their respective primary races on Tuesday, both taking advantage of massive fundraising advantages over their opponents in a state where hot-button issues like abortion, firearms and the death penalty are ...

Matthews wins Democratic US Senate nod in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State Rep. Krystle Matthews on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, a general election campaign that could begin under the cloud of a possible ethics investigation. Matthews, the second-place finisher in a ...

Colorado GOP voters reject indicted clerk for election post

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans on Tuesday chose a local official who pledged to keep politics out of running elections as their nominee for secretary of state over an indicted county clerk who gained national prominence by promoting conspiracy theories about voting machines. In spurning ...

Utah’s GOP Congressmen defeat primary challengers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — All four members of the U.S. House from Utah defeated Republican primary challengers Tuesday while the Democratic challengers they'll face in November are running uncontested. It is the first primary election since the GOP-controlled state Legislature bypassed an ...

51 migrants die after trailer abandoned in San Antonio heat

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones as authorities began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering ...

GOP hardliners fall short in primary as party eyes November

DENVER (AP) — Voters in Colorado's Republican primaries opted Tuesday for candidates widely considered stronger challengers to Democrats' stranglehold on the state's top offices, decisively rejecting right-wing candidates for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state. Voters also selected ...

Colorado GOP deals blow to election denial movement

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans on Tuesday rejected two of the state's most prominent election deniers, a setback for the movement to install those who echo former President Donald Trump's lies about mass voter fraud in positions overseeing voting. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who ...

US consumer confidence slumps to lowest level in 16 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped to its lowest level in 16 months as persistent inflation and rising interest rates have Americans as pessimistic as they've been about the future in almost a decade. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index ...

Airbnb permanently bans parties at its rental locations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb is making permanent its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals. The San Francisco company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44% from a year ago. More than 6,600 guests ...

Hard Rock casino’s charitable donations top $1M in 4 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino marked its fourth anniversary on Tuesday by making donations to four local charities, putting the casino's total charitable donations past the $1 million mark. The casino donated $10,000 each to the Atlantic City Rescue ...