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Australia's Morrison at WH for Trump's 2nd state visit

Sep. 20, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning. Hundreds gathered under clear blue skies for the welcoming ceremony...

Trump says he doesn't need China trade deal before election

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't feel he needs to secure a trade deal with China before next year's election. Ahead of the next round of negotiations, Trump tells reporters Friday he wants a complete deal with China and won't accept one that only addresses some of the differences...

Trump dismisses whistleblower complaint as 'hack job'

Sep. 20, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump irritably defended himself Friday against an intelligence whistleblower's potentially explosive complaint, including an allegation of wrongdoing in a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the administration has refused...

APNewsBreak: Source says US, El Salvador to sign asylum deal

Sep. 20, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America's most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to a senior Trump administration official. The official said acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan...

The Latest: Trump wants to attend Australia golf tournament

Sep. 20, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 11:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he would love to attend the 2019 President's Cup golf tournament in Australia in December, but it depends upon what his schedule will allow. The event...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Trump says he hosted Otto Warmbier's parents over weekend

Sep. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump hosted the family and friends of former hostage Otto Warmbier at the White House last weekend. The president says 25 people were invited last Saturday to honor Warmbier. His parents say their son was tortured by North Korea after...

House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

Sep. 20, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights. Supporters, mostly Democrats, said the bill would restore access to justice for...

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Lawyers ask Supreme Court to review 'Serial' subject's case

Sep. 20, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lawyers for a Maryland man convicted of murder in a case chronicled on the podcast "Serial" are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. News outlets report defense attorneys for Adnan Syed filed an amicus brief this week. It says Syed wasn't given a proper opportunity to...

Trump dismisses whistleblower complaint as 'hack job'

Sep. 20, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump irritably defended himself Friday against an intelligence whistleblower's potentially explosive complaint, including an allegation of wrongdoing in a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the administration has refused...

Tennessee's abortion wait period law faces court arguments

Sep. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four years after Tennessee passed a law requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, abortion clinics are getting a chance to argue against it in court. Beginning Monday, attorneys for five of the state's seven abortion clinics will try to prove that the law harms...

Trump says he hosted Otto Warmbier's parents over weekend

Sep. 20, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump hosted the family and friends of former hostage Otto Warmbier at the White House last weekend. The president says 25 people were invited last Saturday to honor Warmbier. His parents say their son was tortured by North Korea after...

Trump says he doesn't need China trade deal before election

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't feel he needs to secure a trade deal with China before next year's election. Ahead of the next round of negotiations, Trump tells reporters Friday he wants a complete deal with China and won't accept one that only addresses some of the differences...

Climate change will grab globe's focus with summit, strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to hear about global warming — or the "climate emergency " as the United Nations is calling it. In the next week, there will be climate strikes, climate summits, climate debates, a dire climate science report, climate pledges by countries and businesses, promises of...

'What is that, man?' Navy confirms videos of flying objects

Sep. 20, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In one of the videos, a small object streaks across the sky before the U.S. Navy fighter jet's tracking system locks on and follows it. "Whoa. Got it," the pilot yells, laughing as the dot moves on his screen. "Woohoo!" Another pilot asks: "Wow. What is that, man?" The Navy isn't...

The Latest: Schiff disturbed by Trump's whistleblower attack

Sep. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and an intelligence official's whistleblower complaint (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says President Trump's attack on a whistleblower who alerted intelligence officials to a serious and urgent matter is...

House votes to end forced arbitration in business disputes

Sep. 20, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Friday to end forced arbitration clauses that prevent workers and consumers from filing lawsuits in disputes with companies over employment practices, billing or civil rights. Supporters, mostly Democrats, said the bill would restore access to justice for...

2 Federal Reserve officials highlight deep divisions

Sep. 20, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Federal Reserve officials who dissented from this week's quarter-point rate cut on Friday highlighted the current deep divisions at the central bank. Eric Rosengren, head of the Fed's Boston regional bank and one of two officials who opposed the rate cut, said Friday that the...