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The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances

Jun. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida,...

Kansas City, Missouri, voters elect Lucas as new mayor

Jun. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results that...

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

AP FACT CHECK: In 2020 debut, Trump exaggerates growth

Jun. 18, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump officially opened his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a speech exaggerating what he's done for the economy and against illegal immigration. Some claims from his rally in Orlando, Florida: ECONOMY TRUMP: "It's soaring to incredible new heights. Perhaps the greatest...

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' past

Jun. 18, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in...

Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat

Jun. 18, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could have a tough time making good on his threat to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. But maybe that wasn't his point. Trump's late-night messages Monday promised that starting next week his administration "will begin the process of removing...

With Hope Hicks interview, Dems breach Trump's inner circle

Jun. 18, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Obtaining...

Lawmakers will hear from pilots who have criticized Boeing

Jun. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Daniel Carey says Boeing's zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for airlines that would buy its 737 Max jet contributed to errors...

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Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

Was dead militant war casualty or Navy SEAL's murder victim?

Jun. 19, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Photos displayed at a military court martial show a decorated Navy SEAL holding up the head of a dead Islamic State fighter by the hair while clenching a knife in his other hand. A jury hearing testimony Wednesday will have to decide if it was a snapshot in poor taste of an enemy who died...

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

Lawmakers will hear from pilots who have criticized Boeing

Jun. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Daniel Carey says Boeing's zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for airlines that would buy its 737 Max jet contributed to errors...

Fed could signal a policy shift toward future rate cuts

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve seems poised to pivot from keeping interest rates steady to holding out the option of cutting rates if it were to decide that the economic expansion needs support. The Fed isn't considered ready to announce that it's reducing rates for the first time in more than a...

Today in History

Jun. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2019. There are 195 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free — an event celebrated...

The Latest: Acting Defense boss steps down amid Iran tension

Jun. 18, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 8 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is citing a "painful" family situation as he steps down from the position before his formal nomination has even been sent to the Senate....

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

Jun. 18, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to 21,321.17 in early trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.0% to 6,637.70. South...

House votes to block military transgender ban

Jun. 18, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday night to block President Donald Trump's move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. The House passed, by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces an...