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US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts

Feb. 20, 2019 8:17 AM EST

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine...

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the...

Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states

Feb. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson...

Analysis: Sanders may not need 2016 magic to be 2020 force

Feb. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Can Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recapture the magic that fueled his first presidential campaign? To win the nomination, he may not need to. As Sanders, a 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist, formally launches his 2020 campaign, the lessons of President Donald Trump's victory in...

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Feb. 20, 2019 4:51 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it plans to cancel or claw back $3.5 billion in federal dollars...

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

Feb. 19, 2019 11:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. In his current post, the 60-year-old Rosen serves as the Transportation Department's chief operating...

N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

Feb. 20, 2019 9:59 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican holding a slim lead in the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. North Carolina's elections...

Supreme Court rules for ex-US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

Feb. 20, 2019 10:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with a retired U.S. marshal who argued that West Virginia discriminated against former federal law enforcement officers like him by giving a more generous tax break to onetime state law enforcers. The court has ruled 9-0 that West Virginia law unlawfully...

Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

Feb. 19, 2019 10:10 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — America's suburbs are today's great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country's liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse. But it's not that simple. It turns out that these places in-between may be the most politically polarized of all...

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency

Feb. 19, 2019 9:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he expected to do "very well" against the suit, adding that he had an...

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Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states

Feb. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson...

N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

Feb. 20, 2019 9:59 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican holding a slim lead in the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. North Carolina's elections...

US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts

Feb. 20, 2019 8:17 AM EST

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine...

Iran slams 'hypocrisy' of US-Saudi nuclear plans

Feb. 20, 2019 6:39 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has seized on a congressional report that the U.S. sought to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, accusing Washington of ignoring the kingdom's human rights violations. Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Wednesday: "First a dismembered journalist; now illicit...

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Feb. 20, 2019 4:51 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it plans to cancel or claw back $3.5 billion in federal dollars...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 20, 2019 12:24 AM EST

A look at where investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump also plays a central role in...

AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

Feb. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI developed a backup plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation soon after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in the event that other senior officials were dismissed as well, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The plan was crafted in the chaotic...

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

Feb. 20, 2019 12:17 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement follows through on...

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

Feb. 19, 2019 11:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration. Lawmakers from both parties...

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

Feb. 19, 2019 11:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. In his current post, the 60-year-old Rosen serves as the Transportation Department's chief operating...