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Takeaways from the 5th Democratic 2020 presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 6:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum on Wednesday did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two new...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The Wednesday night faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry...

In wake of impeachment testimony, no signs yet of GOP cracks

Nov. 21, 2019 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are showing no overt signs of abandoning their support for President Donald Trump, the latest demonstration of how Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has left the two parties inhabiting different political universes. Democrats reveled Wednesday over Ambassador...

Asian shares skid on renewed US-China trade worries

Nov. 20, 2019 11:35 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares skidded Thursday in Asia after moderate declines on Wall Street as anxious mounted over the possibility the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year. Hong Kong led the region with its benchmark Hang Seng index falling 1.5% to 26,461.41. The Shanghai Composite index...

The Latest: Biden flubs reference to black female senator

Nov. 20, 2019 11:24 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): ___ 11:05 p.m. Joe Biden has incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.” That drew a response from...

Whistleblower raises safety alarm about air traffic control

Nov. 20, 2019 8:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistle-blowing flight controller says changes in air traffic control procedures at a major center in Florida raise the risk of a midair collision, but the Federal Aviation Administration disputes the claim. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Wednesday that it notified the White...

Congress adopts bills to support human rights in Hong Kong

Nov. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The House overwhelmingly approved the bills Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed them on voice votes. The bills now go to the White House for...

Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

Nov. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture. The House Judiciary Committee approved the...

Highlights of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage legislation

Nov. 20, 2019 7:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed compromise legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 in a deal with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. However, Wolf gave up a number of concessions to win its passage, and its prospects...

Senators press Amazon over doorbell camera security concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EST

A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers’ homes. A letter to Amazon Wednesday from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and four other Democrats said the...