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Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Barack Obama marched into the 2007 Iowa steak fry flanked by 1,000 supporters, skeptical Iowans were put on notice that he could win the caucus. A dozen years later, a new generation of Democratic White House hopefuls are looking to pull off a repeat performance to turbocharge...

Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of people have protested in Egypt's capital, Cairo, to call for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The short-lived, rare protest began Friday night near Tahir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The protesters were...

President Donald Trump gets heat for urging Ukraine probe

Sep. 21, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive...

The Latest: US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to attacks on the Saudi oil industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for...

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Sep. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote...

Judge mulls bid to curb power to split families at border

Sep. 21, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he was struggling with a request to more narrowly define what behavior justifies separating children from their parents at the border after complaints that the Trump administration has abused discretionary powers to split families under limited...

Biden decries reports about Trump, Ukraine's president

Sep. 21, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday decried reports that President Donald Trump urged the president of Ukraine to look into his son's business dealings there. Biden said in a statement that if the reports are true, "Then there is truly no bottom to President Trump's willingness to...

Trudeau's support holds after apology for wearing brownface

Sep. 21, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal's fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

The Latest: 3 arrests, missing man found near Area 51 gates

Sep. 21, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on "Storm Area 51" events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local): 9 p.m. Authorities arrested two men in the rugged mountains inside the perimeter of the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada and one woman who made it clear...