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AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs impact of Saudi arms deal

Oct. 20, 2018 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inflated the projected benefits of an arms deal with the Saudis as he defended his wait-and-see attitude about Saudi complicity in the disappearance of a journalist whose apparent murder has sparked world outrage. On immigration enforcement, the president made the...

Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state's electorate

Oct. 19, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nicole Talbot isn't quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn't shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. It makes...

Penn State pledge who died after hazing spurs new law

Oct. 19, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new anti-hazing law prompted by the death of a Penn State student after a night of drinking in a fraternity house early last year was signed Friday by Pennsylvania's governor. Gov. Tom Wolf called it "long overdue" as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter criminal...

Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold law on drug pricing

Oct. 19, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The Maryland law, which was struck down by a federal appeals court panel this year, enabled the state's attorney general to sue...

AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Oct. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley...

Former general says UK-US military cooperation under threat

Oct. 19, 2018 5:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Friday that the United States' military cooperation with the U.K. could be threatened by the growing use of human rights laws to target British soldiers. Writing in the Times of London, retired Gen. David Petraeus says the...

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

Oct. 18, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and...

UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law

Oct. 18, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win — even in Syria." Jan Egeland...

McCaskill-Hawley race turns nasty over sting videos

Oct. 17, 2018 9:44 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign manager on Wednesday called for her Republican rival Josh Hawley to launch an investigation of footage of her campaign taken by a conservative group known for "sting" videos of liberal organizations. "We have reason to believe...

The Latest: Pot activist complains about new Canada law

Oct. 17, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Latest on Canada's legalization of recreational marijuana (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A long-time cannabis advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law. Dana Larsen is the founding...