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Trump ally Kevin McCarthy hopes to lead shrunken House GOP

Nov. 14, 2018 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday, but the...

Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham

Nov. 14, 2018 1:48 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham's vote against the...

Amazon's NYC home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax break

Nov. 14, 2018 1:19 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone," a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in...

Florida's ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

Nov. 14, 2018 12:27 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don't match the signature on file with election...

Gene-edited food is coming, but will shoppers buy?

Nov. 14, 2018 1:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA "edited" are...

AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup

Nov. 14, 2018 12:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two...

CIA considered using 'truth serum' on post-9/11 detainees

Nov. 14, 2018 1:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Bloomberg likely to decide on 2020 bid by early next year

Nov. 14, 2018 12:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Having spent a fortune to help elect Democrats this fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president. "I think January, February would be about as late as you...

Georgia election uncertainty lingers amid legal wrangling

Nov. 14, 2018 12:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — After two federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings over a 24-hour period, uncertainty still hangs over Georgia's midterm elections, including the still undecided race for governor. Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim...

Trump warnings about migrant caravan fall off after election

Nov. 14, 2018 12:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump's daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of "bad thugs" and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest...

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U.S. Vice President Pence tells Myanmar's Suu Kyi the arrests and convictions of two journalists are "deeply troubling."

Nov. 14, 2018 2:10 AM EST
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Pence tells Myanmar's Suu Kyi the arrests and convictions of two journalists are "deeply troubling."

Vice President Mike Pence tells Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi that violence against Rohingya Muslims is "without excuse."

Nov. 14, 2018 1:59 AM EST
SINGAPORE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence tells Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi that violence against Rohingya Muslims is "without excuse."

Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

Nov. 14, 2018 1:56 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama began her 12-stop book tour Tuesday by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and President Donald...

Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham

Nov. 14, 2018 1:48 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham's vote against the...

Trump administration holds hearing on rollback of air rules

Nov. 14, 2018 1:44 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration's plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Nearly 125 people have asked to speak at the daylong session in Denver on Wednesday. The EPA wants...

Reporter's dispatch after Jonestown mass murders, suicides

Nov. 14, 2018 1:41 AM EST

Forty years ago this week, a California congressman and a group of journalists traveled to Guyana, South America, to see Jonestown, a remote settlement created by an American church, and investigate reports of abuses of members. As the visitors prepared to return to the U.S., Peoples Temple gunmen ambushed them...

CIA considered using 'truth serum' on post-9/11 detainees

Nov. 14, 2018 1:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Nov. 14, 2018 1:35 AM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. Barely penetrated by roads and scarred by violence,...

Trump ally Kevin McCarthy hopes to lead shrunken House GOP

Nov. 14, 2018 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday, but the...

Florida's ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

Nov. 14, 2018 12:27 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don't match the signature on file with election...