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Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Aug. 21, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The...

Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing 'strong economy'

Aug. 21, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump on Wednesday changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had "a strong economy." Trump's flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and...

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

Aug. 21, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. A court fight will almost certainly follow over the government's desire to hold migrant families until their cases are decided. The current settlement overseen...

Greenland fallout: Trump scolds Denmark over rejection

Aug. 21, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Escalating an international spat , President Donald Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a "nasty" statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity. "You don't talk to the United States that way, at least under...

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave

Aug. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust...

Economic twilight zone: Bonds that charge you for lending

Aug. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you'll lose. Sounds absurd, but increasingly that's the global bond market these days. A rising share of government and corporate bonds are...

Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left

Aug. 21, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

When Amanda Berg heard reports that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought back painful memories from her childhood. Berg, a Korean American who grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, recalled kids doing the "stereotypical pulling at the...

As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Aug. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Benjamin...

Germany's Merkel dangles possibility of negotiated Brexit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the possibility that a negotiated departure for Britain from the European Union might still be possible even as the clock is ticking on a deal that would satisfy both sides. Speaking Wednesday alongside U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the two...

The Latest: Jury backs writer Sparks in employment lawsuit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by the former headmaster of the school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A federal jury has sided with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the...

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Deputy faces civil rights charges for shooting Florida woman

Aug. 21, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they've indicted a Florida sheriff's deputy on civil rights charges that he shot an unarmed woman and then misled investigators about what happened. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Richard Palmer, a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff's...

23 accused in broad Aryan Warriors supremacist case in Vegas

Aug. 21, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas are charging 19 men and four women with being part of a white supremacist gang behind prison and street crimes including murder, drug trafficking and identity theft. A 152-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Nevada state court alleges that all 23 defendants are...

Police supervisor to lose vacation days over Garner death

Aug. 21, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A police sergeant accused of failing to properly supervise officers involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has agreed to give up about four weeks of vacation time to settle her internal disciplinary case, a police official said Wednesday. Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was the first police supervisor...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Human remains found on a southside Tucson ranch identified

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police have identified human remains found last week on a ranch on Tucson's south side. After releasing photos of two identifiable tattoos on the body, police say they identified the man as 29-year-old Romulo Bacarse. Officers were dispatched to a ranch on South Old Nogales Highway on...

Utah governor talks Trump, gun control ahead of Pence visit

Aug. 21, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for increased discussions about mental health and violent video games in response to recent mass shootings. Herbert added that President Donald Trump's messaging sometimes distracts from the administration's strong policy. During his monthly news...

2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties

Aug. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for...

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her songs' masters

Aug. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun. "CBS Sunday Morning" previewed some of its pre-taped interview with Swift on Wednesday. The reporter asks Swift if she would consider re-recording her songs in order to own the...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

Louisiana university urges vigilance after false gun alarm

Aug. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander is encouraging the college community to continue reporting anything suspicious even though a previous report of a man with a gun turned out to be a false alarm. On Tuesday, someone in Coates Hall saw a man with a gun and...