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Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden told lawmakers how Version slowed its internet communications at a wildfire command center three weeks ago, crippling the emergency communications truck's data speeds and forcing firefighters to use other agencies' internet connections and their personal cell phones at the Capitol Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Members of the Assembly's Select Committee on Natural Disaster,Response, Recovery and Rebuilding held an informational hearing on the incident. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 24, 2018 - 6:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Verizon rolled out changes Friday as state lawmakers said they were outraged to learn the telecommunications company had slowed firefighters' internet service while they battled what became the largest wildfire on record in California. Verizon said it removed all speed cap...
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This undated photo provided by the Rogers For Congress campaign shows Wendy Rogers, a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona's vast 1st District. In one of the country's largest congressional districts, three Republican candidates who tout connections to President Donald Trump want the chance to unseat the Democratic incumbent. Wendy Rogers, Steve Smith and Tiffany Shedd have been traveling the vast district that takes in Arizona's high country, low desert and tribal land ahead of the Aug. 28 primary election. Whoever wins will face incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran in the November general election. (Rogers For Congress via AP)
August 24, 2018 - 12:14 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Three candidates are competing to become the Republican nominee in a vast congressional district that takes in Arizona's high country, low desert and tribal land. The 1st Congressional District was drawn to be competitive, but it has leaned Democrat since the new outlines...
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File-This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. Officials have fired a consultant, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, after widespread opposition erupted over a proposal to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county, the county’s lawyer said Thursday. Randolph County lawyer Tommy Coleman gave The Associated Press a letter he sent Wednesday to consultant Mike Malone ending the contract. (AP Photos/John Amis, File)
August 23, 2018 - 4:53 pm
CUTHBERT, Ga. (AP) — Officials in a predominantly black Georgia county fired a consultant amid widespread backlash to a proposal that would close most polling places in the area three months ahead of a potentially historic election. Consultant Mike Malone had advocated consolidating the polling...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kansas gubernatorial candidates from left: Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly; and Independent candidate, businessmen Greg Orman, who are running in the November 2018 election. Democrats horrified by the thought that provocative conservative Kobach could be Kansas’ next governor are attacking Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman running as an independent. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 23, 2018 - 4:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats horrified by the thought that provocative conservative Kris Kobach could be Kansas' next governor are attacking a Kansas City-area businessman whose independent candidacy could thwart their ambitions and help elect the Republican. Their reaction to Greg Orman, the 49-...
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FILE - This June 15, 2017, file photo shows bagged purchases from the Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss. The nation’s largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 23, 2018 - 12:53 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those...
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FILE - This May 8, 2018, file photo Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun thanks supporters after winning the republican primary in Whitestown, Ind. One of the chief suppliers for a line of trademarked auto parts sold by Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun laid off more than 200 American workers and shipped their jobs to Asia. Braun has ignored outsourcing questions. Instead, he attacks his rival, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, for once owning stock in a family business that has a factory in Mexico. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
August 23, 2018 - 11:40 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the chief suppliers for a line of trademarked auto parts sold by Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun laid off more than 200 American workers and shipped their jobs to Asia. The layoffs by Westin Automotive a decade ago puts the Republican in a delicate spot. That's...
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August 22, 2018 - 4:28 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans hope the victor of a 3-way primary will flip a Phoenix congressional district full of independent voters come November, but with a popular former mayor waiting, Democrats think they will keep it. Arizona's 9th Congressional District seat is currently held by Democratic...
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Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a candidate for Alaska's governor, talks with a reporter at a Republican party held at the Aviator Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Marc Lester /Anchorage Daily News via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 2:23 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy won the Republican nomination for governor in Alaska, setting the stage for what's expected to be a three-way fight for the office this fall. He topped a crowded field in Tuesday's GOP primary that included former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who...
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleay reaches out by phone Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dunleavy, a former state senator, is one of seven Republicans vying in the Alaska Primary. The winner advances to the general election and is expected to face incumbent Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, and former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)
August 22, 2018 - 1:43 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska's primary election (all times local): 10:39 p.m. Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy has won the Republican nomination for governor in Alaska. The Wasilla Republican on Tuesday topped a crowded field that included former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. Dunleavy in...
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Rob Statham does some last-minute stumping on a Cheyenne street for Wyoming governor candidate Foster Friess, who is one of six GOP candidates running for the job in next week's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Statham says he particularly likes how Friess advocates for transparency in government spending. (AP Photo/Bob Moen)
August 22, 2018 - 12:19 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on Wyoming's primary election (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will face a little-known Democrat from Laramie in her first campaign for re-election. Businessman Greg Hunter beat Laramie attorney Travis Helm to win the Democratic...
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