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Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests

Jul. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color. His...

Government seeks to dismiss Alabama lawsuit over Census

Jul. 19, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The federal government on Friday asked a judge to dismiss Alabama's lawsuit seeking to include only citizens and other legal residents in 2020 U.S. census counts. U.S. Department of Commerce made the request in a filing responding to the state's lawsuit. Alabama and U.S. Rep. Mo...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

South Africa's president accused of misleading Parliament

Jul. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African corruption watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" Parliament about a campaign contribution, a setback for a leader who has vowed to address sprawling graft allegations that forced his predecessor from office and sparked national outrage....

First week over in North Carolina gerrymandering trial

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Challengers of North Carolina legislative districts say the computer files of a deceased Republican mapmaker show how GOP legislators approved boundary lines with illegal political bias. The partisan gerrymandering trial's first week in state court is complete. Democrats and the group...

Massachusetts members of Congress rake in campaign donations

Jul. 19, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is sitting on more than $4 million in his campaign account as he looks ahead to a reelection campaign. According to campaign finance reports filed by his campaign, Markey raised nearly $2 million during the first six months of the year, about $400,000 from...

'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home

Jul. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere. Safely entrenched in liberal, urban districts, Omar and most of her fellow "squad" mates of progressive Democrats have been posting impressive...

McSally fined $23,000 for 2014 campaign finance violations

Jul. 19, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally has agreed to pay a fine of more than $23,000 to settle campaign finance violations from the 2014 election. The Federal Election Commission publicly disclosed the settlement this week. FEC auditors found that McSally's 2014 House campaign took $319,000...