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Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day...

Governors still in the shadows of Democrats' 2020 campaign

Jun. 14, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the field...

Scherzer strikes out 10, Nationals beat Arizona 7-3

Jun. 14, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals gave Max Scherzer early run support, and that made his job a lot easier Friday night. Scherzer struck out 10 in seven innings, Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick homered and the Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3. Scherzer (5-5) leads the National...

Loyd hits late jumper, Storm rally to beat Mystics 74-71

Jun. 14, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 8.6 seconds left, and the defending champion Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 74-71 on Friday night in a rematch of the WNBA Finals. This time, the Storm were without...

Ivanka Trump, Kushner took in as much as $135M last year

Jun. 14, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner took in as much as $135 million in revenue during their second year as aides to President Donald Trump, generated from their vast real estate holdings, stocks and bonds and even a book deal, according to their financial disclosures released Friday. Ivanka...

AP Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

Jun. 14, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in...

Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Jun. 14, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the aftermath of...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 14, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area....

Court rules against Trump on immigrant teen abortion policy

Jun. 14, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday against a Trump administration policy it described as a "blanket ban" preventing immigrant teens in government custody from getting abortions, and it kept in place an order blocking the policy. The policy, which dates to 2017, prohibited...

Sarah Sanders leaving White House job, returning to Arkansas

Jun. 14, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced. Trump said Thursday he's...