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Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

Dec. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction" to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released...

Pelosi flashes survival skills - and she'll need them in '19

Dec. 17, 2018 1:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Nancy Pelosi is formidable but not immortal. The California Democrat seems to have sewn up her return as House speaker next month, but she also has accepted a maximum four-year expiration date on her tenure. She previously had resisted any term limit, saying it would weaken her....

GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

Dec. 17, 2018 10:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn't always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The...

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

Dec. 17, 2018 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel....

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate's 'interference' in kingdom

Dec. 17, 2018 4:33 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom's affairs....

Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas

Dec. 17, 2018 11:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks...

Trump plans to create unified US Space Command

Dec. 17, 2018 12:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and...

After the Fed's likely rate hike this week, all bets are off

Dec. 17, 2018 6:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having raised interest rates with steady regularity in recent months, the Federal Reserve may embrace a new message this week: Flexibility. On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely,...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distorted reality in expanding probes

Dec. 17, 2018 7:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him. He insists that payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the...

Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency

Dec. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination. Less than two years into Trump's presidency, his business associates, political...

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Options dwindling, GOP congressman appeals to keep his seat

Dec. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine's new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. A federal judge last week...

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

Dec. 18, 2018 2:55 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a...

Flynn sentencing abruptly postponed; judge states disgust

Dec. 18, 2018 2:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday, saying he could not hide his disgust for Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI and warning that he could send the retired Army lieutenant general to...

Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

Dec. 18, 2018 2:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of...

The Latest: WH to see what Senate can do to avert shutdown

Dec. 18, 2018 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The White House says it's waiting to see what the Senate can pass to prevent a partial government shutdown....

The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he's ready to work

Dec. 18, 2018 2:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine's new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden's campaign says he's ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine's new election system. A federal judge...

A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand

Dec. 18, 2018 2:48 PM EST

A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the...

Correction: Homeless Count story

Dec. 18, 2018 2:45 PM EST

In a story Dec. 17 about a count of homeless people in the U.S., The Associated Press reported erroneously which tax Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Director Peter Lynn credited for helping reduce homelessness in the 2018 count. Lynn was crediting a Los Angeles city ballot measure that was...

Farmers asked to support Trump rollback of water rules

Dec. 18, 2018 2:42 PM EST

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The Trump administration is calling on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw federal protections for many of the country's waterways and wetlands. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue on...

President Trump to attend economic forum in Switzerland

Dec. 18, 2018 2:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be attending the World Economic Forum next month in Davos, Switzerland. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday that Trump will be at the event, which will take place next month. The annual Davos event courts high-profile...