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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...

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...

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...

The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez speaks at Pelosi's office protest

Nov. 13, 2018 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on new members of Congress (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has joined about 200 climate-change activists as they stage a protest at the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Protesters are calling on Democratic...

Trump picks replacement for Kavanaugh's appeals court seat

Nov. 13, 2018 2:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating administration official Neomi Rao to fill the appeals court seat previously held by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump said Tuesday that he was nominating Rao for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rao...

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

Nov. 13, 2018 2:22 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to intervene in Florida's legally-mandated vote recount Tuesday, calling on the state's Democratic senator to admit defeat and again implying without evidence that officials in two pivotal counties are trying to steal the election. "When will Bill...

Things to know about Michelle Obama's book, arena tour

Nov. 13, 2018 1:33 PM EST

Michelle Obama's 12-stop jaunt across the country — and an ocean — is not your average book tour. Of course, the former first lady is not your average author. Oprah Winfrey will join Obama Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting...

Florida official with checkered past in eye of vote storm

Nov. 13, 2018 2:30 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At the center of Florida's vote recount storm is an elections supervisor with a checkered past whose Democratic-dominated county has been the target of protests and accusations, including by President Donald Trump, that something fraudulent is afoot. Lawyers for Republican Gov....

Final count delayed, Georgia election turns to the courts

Nov. 13, 2018 2:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's still undecided race for governor will remain in legal limbo for several more days after a federal court put the brakes on final certification of the vote totals in one of the nation's hottest midterm matchups. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials...

Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Nov. 13, 2018 3:23 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine's new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to...

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Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist

Nov. 13, 2018 3:43 PM EST

In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party's biggest coup -- flipping a red state's U.S. Senate seat. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake to become the first woman to win a U.S. Senate seat in the...

Congressman shot at baseball practice talks about new book

Nov. 13, 2018 3:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans, a Louisiana congressman who was shot at a congressional baseball practice last year squeezed in a publicity tour for his new book about his survival and recovery before returning to work in Congress. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise...

Minnesota man to pay $140K for snooping, insider trading

Nov. 13, 2018 3:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man snooped in his wife's work papers and used information about UnitedHealth Group's upcoming acquisitions to profit from insider trading, according to regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued James Hengen for allegedly stealing information about two pending...

Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Nov. 13, 2018 3:23 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine's new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to...

The Latest: GOP rep says he won election 'fair and square'

Nov. 13, 2018 3:15 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Maine's voting system (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin says he won re-election "fair and square" and says he has a duty to fight Maine's new voting system that he says is unconstitutional. Poliquin spoke to reporters...

Officials: Vegas air controller who went silent has resigned

Nov. 13, 2018 3:14 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say an air traffic controller who became incapacitated during a solo stint on a night shift last week in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has quit. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said in a statement Tuesday the unidentified controller...

US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan

Nov. 13, 2018 3:10 PM EST

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. government said it was starting work on Tuesday to "harden" the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico. Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy...

US October budget deficit jumps to $100.5 billion

Nov. 13, 2018 3:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the deficit shot up 59 percent from the same month a year ago. Last year's October deficit...

EPA seeks new truck pollution rules; says air won't suffer

Nov. 13, 2018 3:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that the regulation...

EPA seeks new truck pollution rules; says air won't suffer

Nov. 13, 2018 3:01 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that the regulation...