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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

Washington attorney general, regulators demand Avista refund customers more than $41 million

In written testimony filed Friday with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, Ferguson argued that Avista should refund customers for overcharges between January 2016 and April 2018, and urged the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Major carriers, state AGs will work to combat robocalls

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and 10 other large phone companies have struck an agreement with 51 attorneys general to enact technology to block robocalls before they reach consumers.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee announces re-election bid; AG Bob Ferguson also will seek re-election

Inslee’s pursuit of a third term was not unexpected, and the governor has a little less than $1.2 million left in his presidential campaign that could be transferred to his …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Prosecutors challenge Barr’s bid to change immigration rules

Washington state joins challenge of Attorney General William Barr’s bid to give himself more authority in deciding whether to deport immigrants with criminal convictions.


Michigan AG sues to shut down oil pipeline in Great Lakes

Michigan’s attorney general sued Thursday to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Great Lakes, saying they pose an “unacceptable risk” and the state cannot wait five to 10 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

States sue to stop $26.5 billion Sprint, T-Mobile deal

A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

Attorney General William Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to examine intelligence methods used during the Russia investigation


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Amazon vows safety reforms after Washington state AG finds toxic lead and cadmium in children’s products

More than 15,000 people bought school supplies and jewelry geared for young children that contained dangerous levels of lead and cadmium on Amazon in 2017 and 2018, according to an …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

Democrats set contempt vote for Barr over Mueller report

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday scheduled a vote this week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report on Wednesday amid new revelations that Mueller expressed frustration to Barr about how the attorney general …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed Trump, Barr claims on Mueller report

President Donald Trump and his attorney general are distorting the facts when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the Russia investigation.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ on Trump campaign

Attorney General William Barr declared Wednesday he believes “spying did occur” on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled and aligning himself …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Democrats ask for full Mueller files; GOP exclaims ‘move on’

House Democrats pressed the Justice Department Monday to provide the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller even as Republicans gleefully called for them to “move on” from the Russia …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe; no new indictments

Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his Russia-Trump investigation with no new indictments


Israel AG recommends indicting Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks smoking age, marijuana, guns and Donald Trump in podcast

Ferguson said he’s confident the Washington Legislature will pass a bill this session increasing the legal smoking age to 21 and is eyeing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s …


New attorney general in hot seat as Mueller report nears

William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:07 p.m.

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general.


Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in …


House panel OKs subpoena for acting attorney general

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a tentative subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an effort to ensure he appears at a hearing Friday and answers questions.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Trump AG pick poised to reclaim old job in a changed capital

When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems – violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” …


Attorney general pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia …


Trump’s AG pick has argued presidents have robust powers

President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, once advised that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq, that the U.S. could arrest a foreign dictator and …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Whitaker rejects advice to recuse himself from Russia probe

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an …


Whitaker should recuse in Mueller probe, ethics official says in about-face

A senior Justice Department ethics official concluded acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe examining President Donald Trump, but advisers to Whitaker …


Trump says he’ll nominate Barr for attorney general

President Donald Trump said Friday he will nominate William Barr, the late President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role.


Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Thin ice for new acting AG? Trump says ‘I don’t know’ him

President Donald Trump is moving to distance himself from Matthew Whitaker as he faces criticism over his choice for acting attorney general.


New acting attorney general is a GOP loyalist from Iowa

The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special …


Some Sessions allies hope White House allows graceful exit

Sensing that Jeff Sessions’ days at the Justice Department may be numbered, some of his supporters want the White House to allow for a graceful exit for an attorney general …