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NY officials slam Trump’s refusal to accept election

ALBANY — The violent clashes instigated Wednesday at the nation’s Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump drew sharp rebukes from veteran participants and observers of New York politics. John Faso, a former Republican congressman who represented New York’s 19th ...

Two stabbed outside Albany Capitol

ALBANY (AP) — Two men were hospitalized after being stabbed outside the state Capitol during a melee involving supporters of President Donald Trump and counterprotesters. The two men, aged 36 and 40, were hospitalized with injuries after the stabbing Wednesday afternoon. One of them ...

Congress confirms Biden win after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol

WASHINGTON — Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Trump ...

Stefanik objects to electors after Capitol riot

North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik objected to electors from Pennsylvania but voted to confirm electors from Arizona in an overnight joint congressional session in which the House and Senate approved Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president. Stefank had planned to object ...

Fact check: Stefanik speech had both true, false election complaints

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik explained why she objected to electors from four states the in a speech on the House floor Wednesday night. The irregularities alleged in her speech and a press release included some falsehoods and omissions, but also some true statements. This came after the ...

Chaos at the Capitol

Members of Congress, including North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, were evacuated from the House chamber during Wednesday’s Electoral College ballot count as a mob of violent supporters of Donald Trump broke in and swarmed the Capitol building, protesting the election in which Joe Biden ...

‘This is not America’: Local politicians condemn violence at US Capitol

Local politicians were reacting late Wednesday afternoon to the shocking news that supporters of President Donald Trump had stormed the Capitol. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, issued a statement saying she was safe and condemning the violence, calling it “truly a tragic day for ...

NY officials slam Trump’s refusal to accept election

ALBANY — The violent clashes instigated Wednesday at the nation’s Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump drew sharp rebukes from veteran participants and observers of New York politics. John Faso, a former Republican congressman who represented New York’s 19th Congressional ...

Pence defies Trump, says he can’t reject electoral votes

WASHINGTON — Defying President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged Wednesday he does not have the power to throw out the electoral votes that will make Democrat Joe Biden the next president in two weeks, dashing Trump’s baseless hopes that Pence somehow could find a way to ...

Biden calls on mob to ‘pull back,’ urges restoring decency

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden called Wednesday for the restoration of “simple decency” as a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the U.S. Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November’s election. Biden had planned to deliver a speech focused on ...

‘Only in America’: Warnock’s rise from poverty to US senator

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Rev. Raphael Warnock’s roots showed little promise of a future that led to the U.S. Senate. He grew up in Savannah in the Kayton Homes public housing project, the second youngest of 12 children. His mother as a teenager had worked as a sharecropper picking cotton and ...

Ossoff seals Democrats’ sweep; will be youngest US senator

ATLANTA — As a teenager, Jon Ossoff was inspired by the pivotal role John Lewis played in the fight for racial equality when the civil rights icon was in his early 20s. He was in awe of Lewis’ life, he told The Associated Press in December, particularly how someone “so young” had ...

Cuomo again pushes for legal recreational marijuana in NY

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use by adults, his third attempt in as many years to get the drug fully legalized in the state. Cuomo, a Democrat, announced his proposal Wednesday as part of his upcoming ...

Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

WASHINGTON — A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the ...

Stefanik evacuated, condemns violence as Trump supporters storm Capitol

Members of Congress, including North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, were evacuated from the House chamber during Wednesday’s Electoral College ballot count as a mob of violent supporters of Donald Trump broke in and swarmed the Capitol building, protesting the election in which Joe Biden ...

Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress

WASHINGTON — "Where are they?" a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing the fruits ...

Protesters swarm statehouses across US; some evacuated

SANTA FE, N.M. — Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday, leading some officials to evacuate while cheers rang out at several demonstrations as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of people gathered in ...

Warnock wins Georgia Senate seat as Dems near majority

ATLANTA — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state's history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Federal wildlife officials ...