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Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

Jul. 18, 2018 12:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S....

Ala. congresswoman wins runoff turning on loyalty to Trump

Jul. 18, 2018 1:40 AM EDT

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November...

Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

Jul. 18, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin and their Hall of Mirrors

Jul. 17, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hall of Mirrors where Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shared a palatial lunch in Finland seemed to have a reality-bending effect long after their summit ended. On Tuesday, Trump abruptly flipped on whether he believed Russia interfered in the election, saying he meant to...

Trump blames 'double negative' for furor over Putin meeting

Jul. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blame it on that pesky double negative. After 27 hours of near-universal condemnation, President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday he simply misspoke in Helsinki when he said, "I don't see any reason why it would" be Russia that interfered in the U.S. election. "The sentence should have been,...

Is Trump's retraction his final word on Russia? Unlikely

Jul. 17, 2018 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political playbook called for President Donald Trump to make clear — and fast — that the U.S. wasn't in the pocket of Russia President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, Trump relented, saying he misspoke on Russian election meddling. But apologies and clarifying...

Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Jul. 18, 2018 12:38 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They...

Mueller seeks immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

Jul. 17, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The five individuals have indicated that they won't testify or provide other information "on the...

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

Jul. 17, 2018 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint. The Trump administration ordered the tariffs in...

Arizona Senate candidate shot mother, speaks on gun control

Jul. 17, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Bobby Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, told The Associated Press that he's...

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ECB research says stimulus didn't favor the rich

Jul. 18, 2018 2:12 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — New research published by the European Central Bank pushes back against criticism levelled at its 2.4 trillion euro ($2.8 trillion) stimulus program, indicating it did not increase inequality and helped boost poorer households' income by putting people back to work. The arguments...

Louisiana fall elections sign-up period opens Wednesday

Jul. 18, 2018 2:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidates seeking seats in Louisiana's fall election have to declare their intentions and register for their races this week, in the sign-up period opening Wednesday. Top of the Nov. 6 ballot are Louisiana's U.S. House elections and a special election for secretary of state, to...

Ala. congresswoman wins runoff turning on loyalty to Trump

Jul. 18, 2018 1:40 AM EDT

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November...

Report: Miscommunication led to deadly Sparks plane crash

Jul. 18, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A report by federal investigators indicates that miscommunication led to a small plane crashing into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing the pilot and passenger. The National Transportation Safety Board report found miscommunication between the pilot and the control...

Federal program to help employers with tough hires

Jul. 18, 2018 12:57 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Career Center has a new plan to help employers hire hard-to-place applicants, such as those with substance abuse problems or a criminal record. The center is offering a $5,000, six-month fidelity bond through a U.S. Department of Labor program. The federal program allows...

Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

Jul. 18, 2018 12:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S....

Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

Jul. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system's near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten. "It is important that people focus on the lessons," said former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson....

Kuster to participate in drug treatment talk for inmates

Jul. 18, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is taking part in a discussion on efforts to expand access to medication assisted treatment for people in jail suffering from drug addiction. The Democrat co-chairs the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force with Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur,...

Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

Jul. 18, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Putin step back from summit remarks

Jul. 18, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hall of Mirrors where Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin shared a palatial lunch in Finland seemed to have a reality-bending effect long after their summit ended. On Tuesday, Trump abruptly flipped on whether he believed Russia interfered in the election, saying he meant to...