Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor -- another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform. Virginia's governor's race is being watched nationally as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

SLED requests 2004 document of GOP finances under McMaster

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- State investigators obtained documents showing a temporary infusion of cash from political operatives helped Gov. Henry McMaster get re-elected state Republican Party chairman in 2000, though there's no indication McMaster himself is under investigation. Former party treasurer Glen O'Connell confirmed Thursday he gave his 2004 review of GOP finances to State Law Enforcement Division agents about a month ago. Their request came amid a solicitor's continued investigation into Statehouse corruption.

Official: Sanders shares blame for minors voting in primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin election officials on Tuesday blamed undertrained poll workers and Sen. Bernie Sanders' social media posts for dozens of instances in which 17-year-olds managed to vote in last year's state presidential primary. A commission report found that as many as 70 teenagers in nearly 30 Wisconsin counties voted illegally in the April election. Sanders won the Democratic side of the primary; Ted Cruz won the Republican side.

Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if they turned 18 ahead of the November general election, according to a new state report. Wisconsin Elections Commission staff examined voter fraud referrals municipal clerks said they made to prosecutors following the 2016 spring primary and general elections.

St. Louis mayoral race holds lessons for black candidates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced that unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city. Lyda Krewson, 64, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's all-important Democratic primary. St.

For Kentucky voters, a familiar fight: Trump vs. Paul

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Duard Rutledge voted for Donald Trump and Rand Paul for the same reason: They're not afraid of a fight. That's why the 66-year-old retired Toyota worker wasn't worried to see Kentucky's junior senator getting in the way of the Republican plan to replace Obama's health care law. "When you get two thoroughbreds, they are high strung," he said.

After harsh campaign words, Trump reaching out to ex-rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months rehashing the GOP primary campaign and bragging about his victory, President Donald Trump has begun reaching out to former rivals whose help he now needs. The latest on his list is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has said he has significant concerns about the health care bill Trump wants Congress to pass.

The Latest: Ben Carson clears initial Senate test vote

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Senate has given its initial approval to President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. Carson's actual confirmation vote is likely Thursday. Carson, a celebrated African-American neurosurgeon and candidate in last year's GOP presidential primary, cleared a preliminary Senate hurdle on a bipartisan 62-37 vote.

The Latest: Obama official blasts Trump transgender plans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:20 p.m. The former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is blasting the Trump administration's plans to alter Obama-era guidance that linked access to school bathrooms to students' gender identity. Vanita Gupta says the Trump administration can't strip transgender students of their rights because the law will continue to protect them.