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Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 5:25 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Report: State Department employee wrongly removed from job

Nov. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department employee working on Iranian policy was improperly removed from her post by officials who took into account her ethnic background, perceived political views and prior role in the Obama administration, according to a report Thursday from the agency’s inspector...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

The Latest: Deval Patrick files for New Hampshire primary

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick has filed for the New Hampshire presidential primary as he officially begins a last-minute 2020 campaign. The former Massachusetts governor is hoping...

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. In an announcement video, Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South...

Powerful hard-liner: Iran should stop honoring nuclear deal

Nov. 14, 2019 5:12 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has told The Associated Press that the Islamic Republic should stop honoring all terms of the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid tensions with the United States. The comments by Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei show an...

Millions watched opening of Trump hearings, how many heard?

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans likely saw the House’s first day of open impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The open question is how many actually heard it. For six hours, career diplomats George Kent and Bill Taylor sat before Congress and answered questions. But...

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Nov. 12, 2019 11:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would "destroy lives,"...

The Latest: Justices appear ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Nov. 12, 2019 7:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court's conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United...