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Remember the caravan? After vote, focus on migrants fades

Nov. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump's daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of "bad thugs" and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest...

More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

Nov. 13, 2018 2:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it. This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately,...

Trump rips Macron over trade, wine, his low approval ratings

Nov. 13, 2018 2:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing grievances from a weekend visit to France, President Donald Trump lit into French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, over French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron's approval ratings. The litany of tweeted complaints served to...

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Nov. 13, 2018 2:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Tech companies, banks lead stocks higher; oil price plunges

Nov. 13, 2018 2:08 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes veered mostly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, on course to recoup some of the market's big losses from a day earlier. Gains in technology companies, banks and industrial stocks outweighed losses in household goods sellers, utilities and elsewhere in the market. Energy stocks slumped as the...

Homeland Security secretary expected to leave

Nov. 13, 2018 2:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue. Trump has blamed Nielsen for not doing more to address what he has called a crisis at...

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Nov. 13, 2018 1:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday. There were 7,175 reported hate crimes last year, up from 6,121 in...

Incoming House members prep for do's and don'ts on the Hill

Nov. 13, 2018 1:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't hire someone you can't fire, like the son of a campaign donor or the child of the mayor. No matter what you may have said during the campaign about changing Congress, hire enough Hill veterans to make the office run smoothly. And make sure the person answering the phone sounds like...

Lawmakers near prison reform deal, but Trump support crucial

Nov. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have reached a tentative accord on the first major rewrite of criminal justice sentencing in a generation, but now it's up to President Donald Trump to decide if it's worth making a push for the sweeping bipartisan bill during the lame-duck session of Congress. The package has...

US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies

Nov. 13, 2018 1:03 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday. Perry, on a visit to Hungary, said that Russia needs to be prevented from using "energy as a coercive weapon," like when it sometimes temporarily cuts...