• Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.

  • New Mexico lawmakers to discuss campaign finance reform

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The amount of money being spent on New Mexico politics by nonprofits and other independent groups is growing, but top elections officials told lawmakers Monday their hands are tied when it comes to ensuring transparency given that the state’s campaign finance reporting laws are outdated.

    Updated: 4:54 pm

  • William Porter, right, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, walks into a courthouse with his attorney Joseph Murtha for jury selection in his trial, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. (Rob Carr/Pool Photo via AP)

    High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Jury selection for the first police officer to go to trial in Freddie Gray’ s death began Monday with a judge questioning potential jurors about their knowledge of the explosive case, which led to widespread protests and rioting and added fuel to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Updated: 12:30 pm

  • In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Gina Raimondo, second from right, stands with her husband Andy Moffit, right, and children Ceci, left, and Tommy, prior to Raimondo being sworn in as Rhode Island's first female governor, in Providence, R.I. Raimondo is unlike many past politicians whose kids rarely, if ever, appeared at official events. Ceci danced at her mother’s inaugural ball, and Tommy has attended a bill-signing event to name a state insect. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

    Rhode Island governor puts being a mom at center stage

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s first female governor took her young son to a bill-signing to name a state insect. Her daughter starred in an eye-catching campaign commercial and danced at her mother’s inauguration.

  • Hamburg voters deciding on 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Voters in Hamburg are going to the polls in a referendum on the German port city’s candidacy to host the 2024 Olympics.

  • In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson holds a news conference after a rally in Pahrump, Nev.  For many African Americans _ the vast majority of them Democrats _ there are two Carsons: one a genius doctor, and an inspirational speaker and writer who talks of limitless horizons, and the other a presidential candidate whose conservative politics have rocketed him to the top of the Republican primary polls.    (AP Photo/John Locher)

    As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands” memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him.

  • Ukrainian World boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko promotes Hamburg's bid for Olympic Games in 2024 during a public training session at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, prior his heavyweight boxing fight against challenger Tyson Fury from Britain, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. The title bout will take place in Duesseldorf's  LTU arena on Saturday.  Poster reads: Hamburg 2024, and : This is unique'. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Hamburg voters to decide on 2024 Olympic bid

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Leaders of Hamburg’s bid for the 2024 Olympics hope that a soccer scandal, unsettled costs and fear of attacks won’t dissuade voters from backing the German port city’s candidacy on Sunday.

  • In this Nov. 13 2015 file photo, IAAF President Sebastian Coe gives a statement to journalists outside his office in London. A step-by-step anti-doping roadmap that Russia will have to follow to be allowed back into international competition is to be discussed Thursday by track and field's governing body. The meeting in Monaco of the IAAF council could throw up difficult questions for its president, Sebastian Coe. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    UK public body provided $95,000 for Coe’s IAAF campaign PR

    LONDON (AP) — British taxpayers funded part of Sebastian Coe’s IAAF presidential campaign.

  • New Mexico AG calls for reinvestment in law enforcement

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state faces g a public safety crisis and his agency needs resources to respond to everything from police officer shootings to consumer fraud.

  • House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, left, discusses reforms for the state's troubled campaign finance reporting system and the need for an ethics commission as fellow Democrat Rep. Javier Martinez listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    House Democrats outline campaign finance reforms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Democratic leaders on Tuesday rolled out their proposals for reforming New Mexico’s scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system and creating a statewide ethics commission — measures they say would help restore voters’ faith in government.