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The Latest: Border activist testifies he didn’t harbor men

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the second trial of a border activist accused of harboring immigrants (all times local): 12:55 p.m. An Arizona border activist is testifying in his second trial on charges of harboring immigrants, saying he is guided by neutrality and the desire to save lives. Scott...

Takeaways from Day 3 of House impeachment hearings

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer. A career foreign service official. Both had a consistent message during Day 3 of the House impeachment inquiry, and each was troubled by the phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday’s...

Kobach’s brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent...

Republicans assail aide who reported Trump phone call

Nov. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine was “improper,” as Republicans in the impeachment inquiry tried to undercut the national security official with remarkable exchanges questioning his loyalty to the U.S. Lt. Col....

The Latest: White House slams ‘illegitimate’ hearing

Nov. 19, 2019 2:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 2:10 p.m. White House Pres Secretary Stephanie Grisham is slamming the first round of interviews in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings. The public heard Tuesday...

Trump says he went through ‘very routine physical’

Nov. 19, 2019 1:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he went through a “very routine physical” when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend. The president complained that first lady Melania Trump and some of his staff members expressed concern about his...

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court...

Bolivians urge US court to restore $10M verdict on killings

Nov. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bolivians asked a U.S. appeals court Tuesday to restore a $10 million jury verdict against a former president and defense minister of the South American nation over killings by security forces during 2003 unrest there. Lawyers for a group of indigenous Bolivians told a three-judge panel of the...

Military dedicates new headquarters for nuclear control unit

Nov. 19, 2019 1:17 PM EST

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The new, $1.3 billion headquarters for the command unit that controls the nation’s nuclear-armed forces has been dedicated at an Air Force Base south of Omaha. Officers and enlisted men joined civilian dignitaries for ceremonies Monday at Offutt Air Force Base. The...

Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 embargo lifts

Nov. 19, 2019 12:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. intelligence official says Iran will likely buy new advanced fighter jets and tanks next year when a U.N. Security Council arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted. The official says a new Defense Intelligence Agency assessment of Iran’s military capabilities concludes...