Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome.

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as president doesn't violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. In a letter to the Trump Organization on Thursday, the General Services Administration says it has determined that the president's business is in "full compliance.

Justice investigating California GOP congressman

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign violations. The House Ethics panel has been investigating allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter's school-age children. The panel said in a statement Thursday that it is delaying the inquiry at the request of the Justice Department.

Justice Department probes Calif. Republican Rep. Hunter

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign finance violations, an allegation the lawmaker dismisses as inadvertent mistakes. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter's school-age children.

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The Latest: North Carolina lawmakers override Cooper's veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on efforts by the North Carolina General Assembly to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a judicial elections bill (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The Republican-controlled General Assembly has officially cancelled Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's first veto, meaning elections for local trial judges will become officially partisan again starting next year. The Senate completed the veto override Thursday, one day after the House held a similar vote.

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court.

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

PARIS (AP) -- French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday. Her visit Friday comes on the heels of a trip this week to Chad, base of a French military operation that's aimed at rooting out Islamic extremists from a swath of Africa.

The Latest:: GOP intel chairman apologizes to Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of wiretapping (all times local): 12:04 p.m. Republican groups are fundraising off comments Wednesday by the chairman of the House intelligence committee concerning President Donald Trump's unproven claim he was "wiretapped" by President Barack Obama. But the emails are making false or misleading assertions of their own. The National Republican Campaign Committee blasted out an email with the subject "Confirmed: Obama spied on Trump.

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent at 11,949 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.2 percent to 5,003. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,325. U.S.

Override of N Carolina governor's first veto complete

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature on Thursday overrode Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill that makes local judicial elections officially partisan races again. The Senate completed the override of Cooper's veto -- his first as governor -- one day after the House voted to do the same.

Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump

HONOLULU (AP) -- A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party. Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to oppose racism and sexism including a suggestion by Trump to create a Muslim registry during his campaign.

Manafort has served top US pols and a sketchy cast abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pick any decade over the past half-century, and Paul Manafort has had a starring role in the rise (and maybe fall) of somebody big. This lobbyist/political operative/hired gun has been there for prominent American politicians including Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and, more recently, Donald Trump.

North Carolina editorial roundup

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ March 21 The News & Observer of Raleigh on "dark money" fundraising If you can't beat 'em, join 'em apparently is the new mantra for those of the Democratic political persuasion, who now are adopting tried-and-true methods of money-for-access fundraising by Republicans. It's not good and it frankly does not reflect well on Gov. Roy Cooper and his supporters.

The Latest: House votes to override Cooper's first veto

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the possible override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto that would return Superior Court and District Court elections to become officially partisan races (all times local): 3:05 p.m. One chamber of the North Carolina legislature has agreed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's first veto of a Republican measure that makes local trial court elections officially partisan again.

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday -- an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats. Republican Rep.

In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. Erdogan's remarks came amid tension over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish officials who tried to campaign for diaspora votes ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency.

In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. Erdogan's remarks came amid tension over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish officials who tried to campaign for diaspora votes ahead of an April 16 referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish presidency.