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European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Mar. 20, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

The decision by Europe and Canada to break with U.S. air-safety regulators over the safety of the Boeing 737 Max is likely to delay the resumption of flights after two of the jets crashed. The Europeans and Canadians vow to conduct their own reviews of Boeing's changes to a key flight-control system, not to...

Centrist or liberal? Beto O'Rourke's political splits

Mar. 20, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — At a packed eastern Iowa house party, a staffer for Democrat Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign tried to clear enough space for the candidate to reach the kitchen, where he would need to climb a stepladder to address the crowd. "I need my lane," the staffer bellowed as he moved...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

Mar. 20, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies, adding more debt to...

Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds

Mar. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of Congress on Wednesday as they detailed a range of problems including drug trafficking, sex crimes, and missing...

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Mar. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics...

Beto O'Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Mar. 20, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate. O'Rourke's campaign tells The Associated Press that the Texan's two-day trip to the state begins Friday with...

O'Rourke's early fundraising had fewer donors than Sanders

Mar. 20, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CLAREMONT, New Hampshire (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says his first-day $6.1 million in campaign donations came from 128,000-plus contributions in all 50 states. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the former Texas congressman said the average contribution was $47. Vermont...

Maine mulls presidential primaries, expanding ranked voting

Mar. 20, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democrat's bill would allow presidential primaries in Maine and expand a voter-approved ranked voting system to presidential races. The Legislature's scheduled for a hearing Wednesday on Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson's bill. Currently, Maine has a presidential caucus...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams talks 2020, voter suppression

Mar. 20, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams is willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls "My two requirements," Abrams said Tuesday at Vanderbilt University in Nashville....

APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund

Mar. 20, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...