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GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

Oct. 15, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tall tale on 'record' judges, income

Oct. 15, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his record when it comes to federal judges and the economy. With midterm elections three weeks away, he is claiming a "record" 84 judges confirmed to the federal bench and suggests he will fill 50 percent of the seats in the judiciary. It's not a...

Today in History

Oct. 15, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2018. There are 77 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48. On this date:...

Israel's Supreme Court halts deportation of American student

Oct. 14, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday agreed to hear the appeal of an American graduate student who is fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. Lara Alqasem has been held in detention since arriving in the country on Oct. 2 with a valid student...

Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

Oct. 14, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves on the same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside...

AP Explains: Harvard bias lawsuit heading to trial

Oct. 14, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Harvard University's admissions process is heading to trial in Boston's federal court. The group Students for Fair Admissions has accused the Ivy League school of bias against Asian-American applicants, saying it holds them to a higher standard than...

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

Oct. 14, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer before asking God to provide Trump "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him." Trump welcomed Brunson to...

Trump praises McConnell's role in battle over Kavanaugh

Oct. 13, 2018 8:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump heaped praise Saturday on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, crediting the veteran Kentucky lawmaker's political toughness and acumen during the ugly battle that concluded with Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court justice. "He's Kentucky tough," Trump...

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

Oct. 13, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer on Saturday, asking God to provide the president "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him." Trump...

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...