• In this Friday, Feb 5, 2016 photo provided by the Newport Recreation Department, queen contestants participate in the torch lighting during the opening ceremony of the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport N.H.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, launched a protest against one of the carnival events billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act. The event will feature a man dressed in a pig costume, being chased by kids on ice skates on the town common. (Beth Rexford/Newport Recreation Department via AP)

    Animal rights protest scrapped after “greased pig” dust-up

    NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act — just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail.

  • New Mexico House GOP, Senate Dems reach deal on bail reform

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Republicans and Senate Democrats have reached a compromise on bail reform, with party leaders saying Friday they plan to back a proposal that has received support from judges, defense attorneys, county leaders and prosecutors.

    Updated: 4:36 pm

  • HOLD FOR STORY BY DAVID EGGERT- FILE- In a file photo from Feb. 5, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, right, meet with volunteers helping to load vehicles with bottled water in Flint, Mich. Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the lead-contaminated water emergency in Flint. Democrats, especially those running for president, are pointing to mistakes by Snyder's administration during the crisis as a vivid example of Republican-style cost-cutting run amok. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rick Snyder’s standing as one of the GOP’s most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration’s mishandling of the city’s switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

  • New Mexico Senate Dem says REAL ID bill negotiations ongoing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With only a week left in the New Mexico Legislative session, a key Senate Democrat said Thursday he still is negotiating with a Republican colleague to resolve a conflict on a bill that would make New Mexico compliant under with federal law on identification cards.

  • Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. talks with George Meyers, 71, of Bluffton, S.C., as the candidate arrives for lunch at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Okatie, S.C.,Thursday Feb. 11, 2016, after attending a campaign event at the Sun City community. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback

    OKATIE, S.C. (AP) — The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party’s presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention.

  • GOP lamaker puts New Mexico bail bond proposal on hold

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk or danger to the public.

  • Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thanks supporters during a primary night rally in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    The Latest: Bush: NH voters pushed ‘pause’ on GOP race

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here’s the latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republican and Democratic candidates head from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond. All times local:

  • Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning him for a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy.

  • In this March 8, 1984, file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

    Trump: Unlikely he’d run for president if he had NFL team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s flirtation with professional football lasted for three decades. He never ended up with an NFL franchise despite repeated demonstrations of interest.

  • In this March 8, 1984, file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. The New Jersey Generals have been largely forgotten, but Trump’s ownership of the team was formative in his evolution as a public figure and peerless self-publicist. With money and swagger, he led a shaky and relatively low-budget spring football league, the USFL, into a showdown with the NFL. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

    How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case.