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Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease Russian sanctions

Jan. 16, 2019 2:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury's decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just short of...

Gay rights group takes issue with Karen Pence's new employer

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group. The office of the vice president's wife said it was "absurd"...

Mayor's killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech

Jan. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the assassination of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others. Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the...

Democrats hit Wheeler's rollbacks at EPA during hearing

Jan. 16, 2019 1:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler described himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, even as a leading Democrat called him "just as extreme" as predecessor Scott Pruitt. The Republican-controlled Senate...

Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

Jan. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump,...

House Republicans question telecoms on location tracking

Jan. 16, 2019 1:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Several House Republicans asked T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint how they share their users' cellphone location data, citing a recent report that telecoms are selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge. The lawmakers said Wednesday that they are troubled...

The Latest: 7 Democrats visit White House to talk to Trump

Jan. 16, 2019 12:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security. It's the first...

The Latest: Dem says EPA's Wheeler 'as extreme' as Pruitt

Jan. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as "just as extreme" as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler...

The shutdown today: IRS recalls about 46,000 workers

Jan. 16, 2019 12:51 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 26: WHAT'S NEW The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. For now, they'll have to work without pay. The White House tried to bypass House...

Trump's attorney general nominee: 'I will not be bullied'

Jan. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House on Tuesday, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is...