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'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home

Jul. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere. Safely entrenched in liberal, urban districts, Omar and most of her fellow "squad" mates of progressive Democrats have been posting impressive...

Trump's harsh words on 'squad' reinforce dark posts online

Jul. 19, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online. Racist, inflammatory and inaccurate content has...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump challenges Fed with dubious theory

Jul. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flipping interest-rate theory on its head as he tries to blame the Fed for holding back growth. Trump went after the Federal Reserve on Friday after advancing a dubious argument this week that blue-collar workers have gained the most from the strong stock market....

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...

Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance

Jul. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden's son Hunter made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father Friday, two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through "tough times," including years of drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Biden's appearance at a fundraiser in...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump feud with 'the squad'

Jul. 19, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is weighing in on President Donald Trump's escalating feud with four minority Democratic lawmakers known as "the squad." Mrs. Obama tweeted Friday: "What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years."...

Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to 'Obamacare'

Jul. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the potential...

Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent

Jul. 19, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump. But in stark contrast to...

Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia

Jul. 19, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by...

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Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...

The Latest: Mayor: No National Guard for telescope protests

Jul. 19, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim says the state will order National Guard to stand down and that police will not immediately use force to remove peaceful telescope protesters blocking a road to the summit of...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

Jul. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court on Friday ordered a federal judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...

Report: Equifax to pay $700 million in breach settlement

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the...

1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoff

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Maryland man visiting Alaska with his family was killed and one of his three children was critically injured Friday after their floatplane's takeoff was aborted. Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased man as Joseph Patenella, 57. No hometown was disclosed. The critically...

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

Jul. 19, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in...

The Latest: Troopers identify man killed in Alaska plane

Jul. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on fatal plane incident in Alaska (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane's takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of...

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

Jul. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color. His...

The Latest: Cause of transmission fires still unknown

Jul. 19, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on power station fires that left thousands without electricity on a hot day in Madison (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Utility officials say they have not yet identified the cause of a pair of blasts that knocked out electricity to about 13,000 customers. Madison Gas and...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....