National
December 2

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

President Donald Trump's pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator's objections that the nominee hadn't fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation.
Politics
December 2

Supreme Court weighs case over New York gun rights

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court justices sounded uncertain Monday over whether to rule on a major gun-rights case, since New York City has repealed…
National
December 2

Report: Many states in good shape to weather a recession

After a couple years of robust tax collections, states across the U.S. are better prepared than ever to weather a potential recession, according to a report released Monday that examines states' savings.
National
December 2

California Rep. Hunter to plead guilty to corruption charge

California Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds and is prepared to go to jail, a stunning turn of events for the six-term Republican who had steadfastly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was the victim of a political witch hunt.
National
December 2
President Donald and first lady Melania Trump arrive at London Stansted Airport to attend the NATO summit, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in London.

Melania Trump's abroad, but not on promised 'Be Best' trip

Melania Trump is traveling abroad this week, but it's not the "Be Best" trip she promised.
National
December 2

North Carolina judge rules Confederate monument stays down

The United Daughters of the Confederacy has lost a bid to put a Confederate monument back on the grounds of a North Carolina courthouse after county officials removed it.
National
December 2

UAW bolsters financial controls after embezzlement scandal

The United Auto Workers union has replaced its auditing firm, added four internal auditors and hired a big accounting firm to study its financial controls in an effort to prevent a repeat of the embezzlement and bribery discovered in a federal probe of the union.
National
December 2

Suspect shot by police after wounding 2 officers dies

A 40-year-old suspect in the shooting of two police officers at a southeastern Michigan apartment complex has died.
National
December 2

Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid

The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
National
December 2

The Latest: Rep. Hunter's opponents applaud his decision

The Latest on California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter saying he will plead guilty to the misuse of campaign funds and indicating he will leave Congress (all times local):
National
December 2

Walz forms subcabinet to help Minnesota fight climate change

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has established a pair of panels to advise him on ways that Minnesota can tackle the problem of climate change.
National
December 2

New NYPD commissioner: keep crime low, perceptions high

New York City's newly sworn-in police commissioner has told the force he wants to change a media-driven misperception that officers and the communities they patrol have a bad relationship.
National
December 2

Review of Tennessee juvenile facility escape underway

Several staff members at a juvenile detention center in Tennessee have been placed on leave while a court reviews the escape of four teenagers.
National
December 2

The Latest: GOP report calls Trump actions 'prudent'

The Latest on House hearings on the impeachment of President Donald Trump (all times local):
National
December 2

Brazil's Bolsonaro under fire after Trump slaps tariffs

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's U.S.-focused foreign policy efforts suffered a severe setback on Monday when his American counterpart Donald Trump pledged to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum on the South American nation.
National
December 2

Booker extends 2020 campaign outreach to black men in South

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker focused Monday on extending his campaign outreach to black men, holding a roundtable in South Carolina with roughly three dozen black male voters, some of whom said they have felt overlooked amid a focus on the electoral power of black women.
National
December 2

GOP rival to North Carolina Sen. Tillis won't run after all

A former investment firm CEO who announced months ago his Republican primary challenge of North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis now says he won't officially enter the race after all.
National
December 2

Report: Lobbyists aided lawmakers with health care columns

Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio, officials said.
National
December 2

Roberts seems to hold key to case over New York City gun law

Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly 10 years.
National
December 2
FILE -In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock walks to a meeting during the National Governors Association 2019 winter meeting i

Bullock becomes 3rd governor to drop presidential campaign

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock ended his Democratic presidential campaign Monday, becoming the third Western governor boasting executive experience and a Washington-outsider appeal to flame out in the contest.