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California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

The Latest: Johnson sends EU request for Brexit delay

Oct. 19, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The British government has formally asked the European Union for a delay to Brexit — but also sent a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson arguing against it. Johnson was forced to request a delay after Parliament voted to delay a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

UK's Johnson asks for Brexit delay, but argues against it

Oct. 19, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.'s exit, scheduled for Oct....

Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

Oct. 19, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as "power grabs" and a "basic disaster." He's switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span....

What's next after key Brexit vote is delayed

Oct. 19, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Parliament had been expected to vote yes or no Saturday to a new Brexit divorce deal, but instead Britain faces more wrangling and more delays. The latest delay was caused by a vote to withhold approval of the Brexit plan until the legislation needed to implement it has been enacted by...

Washington state to vote on affirmative action referendum

Oct. 18, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two decades after Washington state voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one's minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities is back on the ballot. The Nov....

Supreme Court steps into case over consumer agency

Oct. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer...

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Oct. 18, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave the European Union in two weeks. His message to allies and opponents alike: Approve the...

Yes or No? Vital vote on Brexit plan set for Saturday in UK

Oct. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament is set to vote Saturday on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. IF THE DEAL IS APPROVED IN PARLIAMENT A "yes" vote would...