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Correction: Russia Probe-Florida Voting story

May. 17, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about Russian hacking of voter databases in Florida, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy. She said the public needs to know which counties in Florida were hacked, not which countries. A corrected version of the story is below: Florida...

Trump meets Hungary's far-right prime minister

May. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never shied away from rubbing shoulders with leaders more typically kept at a distance by the West, and his Oval Office meeting Monday with Hungary's far right-leaning prime minister was only the latest example of his engagement with strongmen. Like Trump, Prime...

Shanahan says military won't leave until border is secure

May. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday and said he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help. He also offered assurances to...

Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction

May. 10, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. Congress was notified of the move...

Migrants at Southern border top 100K for 2nd month in a row

May. 8, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row as the Trump administration manages an ever-increasing number of Central American families streaming to the U.S. that hardline policies have failed to stem. Border Patrol Chief Carla...

US to add 30,000 seasonal worker visas as soon as this week

May. 6, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to let an additional 30,000 foreigners return to the United States through September for seasonal work, a move that reflects how the booming economy has complicated President Donald Trump's hard-line efforts on immigration. Details of the plan were in a...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

May. 3, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. __ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and John Kennedy, R-La. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Pompeo; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.;...

'It is over:' Republicans close ranks at Barr hearing

May. 1, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — "For me, it is over." With those few words, Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, set the tone for his party at an extraordinary hearing with Attorney General William Barr over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

Apr. 29, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that...

President who cried wolf? Real border alarms now seem hollow

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump insisted last year that America's southern border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud. Making unverified claims about "unknown Middle Easterners" and prayer rugs found by ranchers, Trump drew eye rolls from Democrats and many others, who derided his...