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What to watch for in first Heitkamp Cramer debate

BISMARCK, N.D. — The first debate between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer comes as Heitkamp is under heavy pressure in a race Democrats badly need for any shot at controlling the Senate. And it comes right after a major self-inflicted wound by Heitkamp’s campaign, with the senator apologizing this week for a …

Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO – Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country’s easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for …

Brazil’s Temer charged with corruption, money laundering

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s federal police filed new charges against President Michel Temer on Tuesday, recommending he be put on trial for corruption, money laundering and criminal association for allegedly taking bribes to favour port management companies. The investigation report was filed to the country’s top court and obtained by The Associated Press. The report …

China says interning Muslims brings them into ‘modern’ world

BEIJING — China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the “modern, civilized” world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party’s latest effort to defend its extrajudicial detention of Central …

Chief justice stresses independence in Minnesota speech

MINNEAPOLIS — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday stressed the need for the judicial branch to remain independent, taking note of the tumultuous debate over the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to say that the high court makes mistakes when it yields to political pressures. In a speech at the University of Minnesota, Roberts …

Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers and public relations experts nearly $6 million a year to engage U.S. officials and promote the Middle East nation, even after three Washington firms cut ties with the kingdom following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Among those still in Saudi Arabia’s corner are high-profile Washington …

Australia shifts on refusal to send refugees to New Zealand

CANBERRA, Australia — The prime minister has signalled that he could accept New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 refugees exiled to Pacific islands as long as the Australian Parliament legislates to ban them from ever setting foot in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday he was willing to brief non-government senators on …

Trailing in polls, O’Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

SAN ANTONIO — Democrat Beto O’Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism on Tuesday and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that’s become one of the nation’s most closely watched. During the opening moments, …

Lawmakers set up panel to probe handling of assault charge

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers said Tuesday they’re establishing a bipartisan committee to investigate Gov. Phil Murphy administration’s handling of a sexual assault allegation within state government. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said the six-person committee would examine hiring practices, background checks and “systematic problems.” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, also a Democrat, said in …

Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials have said was …