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The Latest: Senator seeks assurances on Facebook Libra

Jul. 16, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 10:55 a.m. A senior Democratic senator is asserting that "Facebook is dangerous" as a Senate panel opens a hearing on Facebook's plan for a new currency. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the senior Democrat on the...

Facing censure, Trump insists 'not a racist bone in my body'

Jul. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread censure, President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that his tweets suggesting four Democratic congresswomen of color return to their countries "were NOT Racist," and he appealed to fellow Republicans to "not show weakness" and to resist a House resolution...

The Latest: Trump defends tweets about 4 Dem women of color

Jul. 16, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers of color (all times local): 10:25 a.m. President Donald Trump says his tweets telling four female Democratic lawmakers of color to "go back" to the broken countries from which they came were "NOT Racist."...

Facebook's new currency plan is under scrutiny in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook's ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it's shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Federal Reserve. Congress begins two days of hearings...

O'Rourke raises just $3.6M, a big drop from last quarter

Jul. 16, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke raised just $3.6 million in the second quarter, a dramatic drop that places him among a growing group of Democratic presidential hopefuls who are struggling to raise the cash needed for a credible White House run. The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing...

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. The explosion shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and...

After teen is slain, photos of her corpse circulate online

Jul. 15, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl with a small social media following in upstate New York was killed by a man she'd met recently on Instagram, who then posted photos of her corpse online, police said Monday. The gory pictures were redistributed widely, including by online posters who made light of or...

Trump digs in on racist tweets: 'Many people agree with me'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call on Monday for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. "right now," cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped...

GOP won't fully rebuke Trump attacks on women lawmakers

Jul. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans found themselves unwilling Monday to swiftly and unequivocally rebuke President Donald Trump's attack on progressive women of color in Congress, almost ensuring no real fallout from his party in Congress. Some Republicans spoke up against Trump's suggestion that the women...

The Latest: Democrats plan vote on resolution against Trump

Jul. 15, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 8:35 p.m. House Democrats plan for a vote this week on a resolution that "strongly condemns President Donald Trump's racist comments" that four congresswomen of color should return to...