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Trump policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico faces judge

Mar. 22, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco to put the asylum...

Floods expose threat to military posed by climate change

Mar. 22, 2019 3:18 AM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the flooding,...

Joe Biden's challenge: Winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

Mar. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a...

Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

Mar. 22, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and...

Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders

Mar. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump's meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump is hosting the leaders of Jamaica,...

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

Trump orders colleges to back free speech or lose funding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding. The new order directs federal agencies to ensure that any college or university receiving research grants agrees to promote free speech and the...

Trump again knocks McCain as Republicans urge end to attacks

Mar. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to halt his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. But Trump is continuing to complain about the Arizona senator's health care vote seven months after McCain died of brain cancer. "I'm not a fan of John McCain," Trump said again Thursday...

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Floods expose threat to military posed by climate change

Mar. 22, 2019 3:18 AM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the flooding,...

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Mar. 22, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore...

Trump policy of sending asylum seekers to Mexico faces judge

Mar. 22, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco to put the asylum...

U.S. forces say 2 American service members have been killed during an operation in Afghanistan

Mar. 22, 2019 1:26 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. forces say 2 American service members have been killed during an operation in Afghanistan.

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

Mar. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a...

Then and now: World transformed over Jimmy Carter's 94 years

Mar. 22, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter cemented a new milestone Friday, becoming the longest-lived of the 44 men who have ascended to the American presidency. He surpasses George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30, 2018 — 171 days after he reached age 94. Here are some notable markers for Carter, the U.S. and the...

Jimmy Carter's new milestone: longest-lived US president

Mar. 22, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history. Friday is the 172nd day beyond...

Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

Gillibrand seeks to improve asylum process for immigrants

Mar. 22, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand pitched her ideas Thursday to improve the asylum process while touring a law clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that helps immigrants with legal matters. The senator from New York kicked off her first presidential campaign...

Asian stocks stumble on doubts over US-China trade deal

Mar. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly lower on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.8 percent to 3,077.56 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.5 percent to 28,913.55. The Kospi in South Korea was flat at 2,184.94. Japan's...