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Trump hits 'send her back' chant, claims he tried to stop it

Jul. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after fellow Republicans warned it could hurt the GOP in next year's elections In a...

Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process. Amazon Web Services Inc., a...

Across US, clergy mobilize to support vulnerable migrants

Jul. 18, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

So far this week, an anticipated nationwide sweep has not materialized at the expected magnitude. Yet the mere prospect of such action has prompted legions of pastors, rabbis and their congregations across the United States to stand ready to help vulnerable immigrants with offers of sanctuary and other services....

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Omar's words on terrorism

Jul. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of expressing pride in terrorists and misrepresented the record on the economy and health care in his freewheeling North Carolina rally. A look at some of his claims from Wednesday night: OMAR TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't...

2020 Democrats await 2nd debate lineups from CNN drawing

Jul. 18, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates are set to find out their second debate matchups in a drawing broadcast live on CNN. Thursday's outcome will determine which top contender gets a crack at former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been leading in early polls. The event will spread 20...

Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

Jul. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that negotiators have reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set a $1.3 trillion overall level for the agency budgets that Congress passes each year. He told CNBC's "Squawk Box"...

Trump says critics hate America, despite his own US putdowns

Jul. 18, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump once saw a country that had lost its greatness — its cities wracked with crime, its borders a pathetic sieve, its leadership corrupt, its standing in the world a joke. "The American dream," he said, "is dead." In contrast he praised the fruits of communist leadership....

EPA defends pesticide linked to brain damage in children

Jul. 18, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting legal challenges by environmental groups seeking a ban of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. The EPA's defense Thursday comes in response to an environmental group's federal court fight to force the agency to ban the pesticide...

The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez says Trump rhetoric endangering

Jul. 18, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says President Donald Trump's attacks on her and three other Democratic congresswomen are putting millions of Americans at risk of physical harm. The New York...

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Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

Jul. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text...

The Latest: Politicians praise Jeffrey Epstein's bail ruling

Jul. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 2 p.m. A U.S. senator and a Florida congresswoman are praising a federal judge's decision to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary...

Trump hits 'send her back' chant, claims he tried to stop it

Jul. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after fellow Republicans warned it could hurt the GOP in next year's elections In a...

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

Boeing to take a $4.9 billion charge over grounded jet

Jul. 18, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing says it will take a $4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines whose Max jets remain grounded after two deadly accidents. Boeing said Thursday that the calculation was based on an assumption that regulatory approval for the plane's return to flying will begin early...

EPA defends pesticide linked to brain damage in children

Jul. 18, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting legal challenges by environmental groups seeking a ban of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. The EPA's defense Thursday comes in response to an environmental group's federal court fight to force the agency to ban the pesticide...

Suspected Islamic State member brought to US for prosecution

Jul. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it has brought home for prosecution a U.S. national suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. The Pentagon said the individual had previously been held by Syrian Democratic Forces as a suspected member of IS. Tens of...

Richard Branson inspired by Apollo, his own space shot soon

Jul. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson said Thursday his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. The British billionaire celebrated his 69th birthday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center during 50th anniversary festivities for...

Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process. Amazon Web Services Inc., a...

Dutch collector presents D-Day flag to US

Jul. 18, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's worn and tattered and stained with oil and diesel fuel, but this Old Glory has returned home. An American flag that flew on the stern of a boat carrying the first waves of U.S. troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day during World War II was donated to the United States Thursday...