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Trump insists on debunked Ukraine theory, despite testimony

Nov. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday promoted a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, a day after a former White House adviser called it a “fictional narrative” and said it played into Russia’s hands. Trump called in to “Fox &...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s...

Biden files papers for South Carolina presidential primary

Nov. 22, 2019 2:27 PM EST

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden has made his South Carolina presidential bid official. The former vice president filed his paperwork as a candidate in next year’s Democratic primary during a stop Friday at a soul food restaurant in Abbeville. Surrounded by a crush of media and lunch time patrons at...

Biden snares black leader’s endorsement in Buttigieg’s town

Nov. 22, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sent a message Friday to Mayor Pete Buttigieg with three endorsements from black Indiana leaders, including one from the South Bend mayor’s hometown. The moves underscore the 37-year-old mayor’s trouble connecting with black voters even as he’s...

Supreme Court will hear case over no-fly list

Nov. 22, 2019 12:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up the Trump administration’s bid to end a lawsuit filed by Muslim men who say they were placed on the government’s no-fly list because they refused to serve as FBI informants. The three foreign-born men claim in the lawsuit that their religious...

Netanyahu’s woes mirror those of his ally Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — He was accused of using his high office to advance his personal political interests. He derided the investigation as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” — an “attempted coup.” He counted on his right-wing base, his hand-picked attorney...

Trump says Pompeo would easily win Senate seat in Kansas

Nov. 22, 2019 10:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to open the door on Friday for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. “He came to me and said 'Look, I'd rather stay where I am,' but he loves Kansas, he loves the people of Kansas,” Trump...

Health groups urge Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban

Nov. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping....

Beshear says avoiding national politics fueled Kentucky win

Nov. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he won in the red state of Kentucky by distancing himself from national politics and connecting with voters desperate for leaders focused more on their needs and less on “the 24-hour cable news cycle.” Beshear, who...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday wouldn’t commit to signing bipartisan legislation supporting pro-Democracy activists in Hong Kong as he tries to work out a trade deal with China. Trump’s comments came after the House and Senate this week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights...

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Health groups urge Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban

Nov. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping....

The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached

Nov. 22, 2019 2:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who...

Michigan man arrested in 1980 death of Virginia woman

Nov. 22, 2019 2:43 PM EST

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1980 homicide of a young Virginia woman whose husband was deployed as a U.S. Navy pilot at the time of her death. Authorities say 70-year-old Dennis Bowman was arrested Friday in Allegan County, Michigan, where he lives, 175 miles (281...

Major projects get underway at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Nov. 22, 2019 2:34 PM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — More than $200 million worth of projects that have been in the works for years are taking shape at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, promising to boost efficiency and continue the modernization of the nation’s oldest continuously operated public shipyard. Two U.S. senators joined Navy...

US regulators bar govt telecom funds for Huawei, ZTE

Nov. 22, 2019 2:29 PM EST

U.S. communications regulators have cut off government funding for equipment from two Chinese companies, citing security threats. The Federal Communications Commission also proposed requiring companies that get government subsidies to rip out any equipment from Huawei and ZTE that they already have in place....

Mexican Congress approves budget after protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the 2020 federal budget Friday in an all-night meeting at a convention center after protests and blockades by farm groups surrounding the Congress building. The protests were sparked by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s policy...

Spacewalking astronauts slice into cosmic ray detector

Nov. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Friday for the second week in a row to repair a cosmic ray detector, this time actually cutting into the $2 billion instrument. The International Space Station’s Luca Parmitano sliced through eight stainless steel tubes, using hardware...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday wouldn’t commit to signing bipartisan legislation supporting pro-Democracy activists in Hong Kong as he tries to work out a trade deal with China. Trump’s comments came after the House and Senate this week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights...

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at...

West Virginia getting millions to rebuild school, post flood

Nov. 22, 2019 1:57 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving West Virginia $52 million to rebuild a school destroyed during deadly flooding in 2016. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the sum for Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview on Friday. The school was torn down...