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White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place

Sep. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room,...

McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed...

House Democrats, Lewandowski spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Elizabeth Warren nabs 2020 backing of Iowa's state treasurer

Sep. 18, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced the endorsement of one of Iowa's last two uncommitted Democratic elected officials, state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald. "She's the one I think can address the biggest problems we have, and that is the hollowing out of the middle...

The Latest: Hearing with Trump loyalist ends after 6 hours

Sep. 18, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Corey Lewandowski's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski....

Federal plan to end state mileage standards draws criticism

Sep. 18, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...

Trump gives California grief - but also takes its money

Sep. 18, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump rarely passes up the chance to throw a sharp elbow at left-leaning California, but he showed Tuesday he's more than happy to cash in there with a lunch-dinner-breakfast-lunch fundraising blitz expected to scoop up $15 million from wealthy Republicans in...

Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Sep. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout...

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic...

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White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place

Sep. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room,...

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

The Latest: NY Fed enters overnight lending markets, again

Sep. 18, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 8:15 a.m. For the second time in as many days, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is stepping in to free up billions of dollars to avert spiking overnight borrowing costs. The New York Fed on Tuesday infused...

The Latest: Hearing with Trump loyalist ends after 6 hours

Sep. 18, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Corey Lewandowski's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski....

Spooner-based National Guard unit deploying to Middle East

Sep. 18, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

SPOONER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin National Guard unit based in Spooner will deploy to the Middle East this fall. About 150 soldiers from the 829th Engineer Company, which has a detachment in Ashland, will mobilize as a construction unit in support of an engineer battalion from Indiana. The Journal Sentinel...

McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed...

Federal plan to end state mileage standards draws criticism

Sep. 18, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...

Coast Guard rescues 7 aboard a fishing vessel in Hawaii

Sep. 18, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued seven people aboard a fishing vessel that caught fire off Oahu's southern coast. Hawaii News Now reports that none of the seven was injured in Tuesday's blaze. All were transported to Honolulu Harbor. The Coast Guard responded to the burning vessel with a...

House Democrats, Lewandowski spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Sep. 18, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned the U.S. that any action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will "immediately" be met with a response from Tehran, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday, further raising Mideast tensions. Iran's president and foreign minister also may skip...