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In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud. But the government didn’t provide everything the paper wanted. Trying to get the data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed the case at the Supreme Court. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads a haul truck with coal at the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker, Mont. A federal judge in Montana says the Trump administration failed to consider the environmental effects of resuming coal sales from federal lands, but stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris on Friday, April 19, 2019, ordered government attorneys to enter negotiations with states and environmental groups that had sued to stop the lease sales. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
April 19, 2019 - 9:41 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said...
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Former vice president Joe Biden talks with officials after speaking at a rally in support of striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 19, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other...
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FILE - In this photo from Thursday, Dec. 20 2018, Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Supreme Court for a hearing on his sexual assault case. Both sides in the case want the press and the public barred from the Weinstein's next court appearance on April 26. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 18, 2019 - 5:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization...
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FILE - This undated file photo released by the FBI, shows Amor Ftouhi. Federal prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the Tunisian native from Canada who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer in 2017. Ftouhi is returning to federal court on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (FBI via AP, File)
April 18, 2019 - 12:32 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling "God is great" in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack. Amor Ftouhi's...
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Charles Walker, left, representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, testifies on 4-16-2019 in front of the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections at a field hearing in Fort Yates, N.D., related to voting rights and election administration accountability. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 4:01 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last year's U...
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A March 15, 2019 view of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 16, 2019 - 12:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping. The question for the high court has to do with the law that should apply in the...
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April 15, 2019 - 6:31 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are set to hold a public hearing Wednesday on legislation before a House committee that seeks to outlaw almost all abortions in the state, what critics call one of the most extremely anti-abortion proposals in the country. The bill would make performing an...
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In this artist sketch, a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, left, listens to a hearing Monday, April 8, 2019, before federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla. Secret Service agents arrested the 32-year-old woman March 30 after they say she gained admission by falsely telling a checkpoint she was a member and was going to swim. (Daniel Pontet via AP)
April 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge denied bail Monday for a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, saying there was an "extreme risk of flight" if she were released. Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman issued the ruling for 33...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo, Ted Pappageorge, president of the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, speaks before a vote on whether to authorize a strike, in Las Vegas. Some key labor leaders say they are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. “They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen-table economics,” said Pappageorge. “We don’t quite see that.” (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)
April 15, 2019 - 10:46 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist's dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. The candidates are spending too much time...
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