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The Latest: State Dept. warns against travel to Bolivia

Nov. 12, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The latest on Bolivia's political turmoil (all times local): 11:10 p.m. The U.S. State Department is warning American citizens against traveling to Bolivia because of the unrest that has gripped the Andean nation since a disputed presidential election last month. Its notice says...

Tensions rise as Bolivia opposition leader claims presidency

Nov. 12, 2019 9:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of Bolivia's capital Tuesday evening when an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president after Evo Morales fled to Mexico following his surprise weekend resignation. Jeanine Añez claimed the post of Senate...

'Sad day' or a 'scam'? What to watch at impeachment hearing

Nov. 12, 2019 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are giving President Donald Trump a reality show for the ages as they take their case public for his impeachment. But the proceedings are much more than showbiz, with lawmakers considering the use of a grave and seldom-employed power spelled out in the Constitution. With...

SPLC: Miller pushed racist immigration coverage in emails

Nov. 12, 2019 7:22 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — White House adviser Stephen Miller sent emails that "promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda" to conservative news site Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday after releasing excerpts. The nonprofit's Hatewatch blog published portions of emails...

Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec. 20

Nov. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House lawmaker announced Tuesday that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey,...

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

In 'The Report,' setting the record on torture straight

Nov. 12, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The unredacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and enhanced interrogation program runs approximately 6,700 pages and includes some 38,000 footnotes. It doesn't exactly scream Hollywood. But from an early stage, writer-director Scott Z. Burns was drawn to the...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

N Carolina lawmakers wrap up initial Congress map drawings

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have wrapped up several days of map drawing while looking for replacement boundaries for the state's 13 U.S. House districts following a recent court order. A joint House-Senate committee met on Tuesday as lawmakers and staff worked on mapmaking computers for...