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Indian Prime Minister Modi's party loses key state elections

Dec. 12, 2018 12:57 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold just months before national elections. According to results announced Wednesday by the Election Commission, the opposition Congress party was a...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC's war on rats

Dec. 12, 2018 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild...

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Dec. 12, 2018 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they...

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

Dec. 12, 2018 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating...

Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

Dec. 12, 2018 12:40 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe. Salvini is in...

The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

Dec. 12, 2018 12:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Lawyers for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn are calling his false statement to the FBI "an uncharacteristic error in judgment" as Flynn hopes to...

Flynn's lawyers say his lie to FBI 'uncharacteristic'

Dec. 12, 2018 12:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment." The arguments to the judge echoed those of special...

Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12

Dec. 12, 2018 12:35 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, killing three people, wounding up to a dozen and sparking a massive manhunt when he got away. France immediately raised its terror alert...

A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand

Dec. 12, 2018 12:33 AM 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...

Reading between the lines of Trump's Oval Office tussle

Dec. 12, 2018 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts?...