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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

The Latest: Sen. Tim Scott says Trump tweets 'unacceptable'

Jul. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The only black Republican in the U.S. Senate is criticizing President Donald Trump for tweets directed at four Democratic congresswomen of color. Sen. Tim Scott of South...

South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

Man behind 7-state postal stamp ruse to be sentenced in Utah

Jul. 15, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man convicted of defrauding the federal government in a decade-long postage stamp scam across several states will be sentenced this week. The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that 36-year-old Ivan Sanchez will appear in federal court Wednesday to be sentenced for one count of...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

The Latest: Trump tweets on liberal lawmakers draw rebuke

Jul. 14, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's tweets on Democratic congresswomen (all times local): 6:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has injected race into his criticism of liberal Democrats. Trump tweeted Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to what he calls the "broken and...

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandal

Jul. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Protesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board...

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

Jul. 14, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born...

Ex-lobbyist in Arkansas corruption case seeks freedom

Jul. 13, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers in a political corruption case in Arkansas and Missouri is asking to be released from custody pending his formal sentencing. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that request to release 58-year-old...

Prosecutors seek delay of Michigan lawmaker's bribery trial

Jul. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to push back the trial of a northern Michigan lawmaker who is charged with scheming to trade votes for campaign money. Prosecutors say in a court filing that the case against Traverse City-area Republican Rep. Larry Inman is unusual and needs more...