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Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

Nov. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as “total nonsense” on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine pressure campaign. In one breath,...

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Nov. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EST

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a...

Trump hears opposing viewpoints in debate over youth vaping

Nov. 22, 2019 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday heard opposing viewpoints in the debate over youth vaping but offered no insight into where he would ultimately come down on the issue after promising two months ago that he would ban most flavored e-cigarettes but later backtracking. He said the...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sticks with the debunked Ukraine theory

Nov. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the House impeachment hearings, national security experts implored politicians to stop playing into Russia’s hands by promoting a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine attacked the 2016 U.S. election. That appeal was lost on President Donald Trump, who peddled the theory again...

Analysis: Warren has a plan to win support from black women

Nov. 22, 2019 5:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Winning black female voters? On Thursday night in Atlanta, Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed she has a plan for that. The Massachusetts senator has built a top-tier campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination largely by gathering support from progressive whites. But the contours of her...

AP sources: Ex-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack plans to endorse Biden

Nov. 22, 2019 4:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack plans to publicly endorse Joe Biden for president at a rally on Saturday, two people close to Biden’s campaign told The Associated Press. The former two-term governor, who served with Biden in the Obama administration as U.S. secretary of...

Biden files papers for South Carolina presidential primary

Nov. 22, 2019 5:03 PM EST

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden has made his presidential bid official in South Carolina. The former vice president filed his paperwork as a candidate in next year’s Democratic primary during a stop Friday at a soul food restaurant in Abbeville. Surrounded by a crush of media and lunchtime patrons...

Biden snares black leader’s endorsement in Buttigieg’s town

Nov. 22, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sent a message Friday to Mayor Pete Buttigieg with three endorsements from black Indiana leaders, including one from the South Bend mayor’s hometown. The moves underscore the 37-year-old mayor’s trouble connecting with black voters even as he’s...

President Trump meets with 22 college championship teams

Nov. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Friday with athletes and coaches from 22 collegiate national championship teams. Traditional White House visits for champion college and pro sports teams have become politically loaded events during Trump’s presidency, and Friday’s gathering was no...

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Mexico arrests judge linked by US to notorious cartel

Nov. 22, 2019 6:28 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have arrested a judge who the U.S. Treasury Department alleges is linked to Jalisco New Generation, one of the country’s bloodiest drug cartels. Mexico’s General Council of the Judiciary had presented a complaint to federal prosecutors in May against...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s...

Trump hears opposing viewpoints in debate over youth vaping

Nov. 22, 2019 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday heard opposing viewpoints in the debate over youth vaping but offered no insight into where he would ultimately come down on the issue after promising two months ago that he would ban most flavored e-cigarettes but later backtracking. He said the...

Bolton returns to Twitter after claim of White House freeze

Nov. 22, 2019 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton says he’s regained control of his personal Twitter account, asserting the White House refused to provide access to it after he resigned, a charge President Donald Trump rejected. Bolton’s actions and words are being closely...

Warren taps US Rep. Deb Haaland, 2 others as ‘co-chairs’

Nov. 22, 2019 6:09 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has named U.S. Reps. Deb Haaland, Ayanna Pressley and Katie Porter as her campaign co-chairs. Warren made the announcement Friday on social media with a video of the congresswomen at her campaign rallies. Haaland of Albuquerque is...

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Nov. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EST

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sticks with the debunked Ukraine theory

Nov. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the House impeachment hearings, national security experts implored politicians to stop playing into Russia’s hands by promoting a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine attacked the 2016 U.S. election. That appeal was lost on President Donald Trump, who peddled the theory again...

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, California

Nov. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak. The notice comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about romaine. Officials urged Americans not to eat the...

National rare-earth element research planned in Wyoming

Nov. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal energy officials have announced plans to conduct research on the extraction of rare earth elements in western U.S. regions. The Gillette News Record reported Thursday that the University of Wyoming School of Energy Research hopes to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy...

Boeing settles half of lawsuits tied to Indonesian crash

Nov. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing has settled about half of the lawsuits filed in federal court over the October 2018 crash of a 737 Max jet off the coast of Indonesia. A Boeing spokesman said Friday that the company has settled 63 cases tied to the crash of a plane flown by Indonesia’s Lion Air. The company...