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Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally Wednesday into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump goes after Omar at rally

Jul. 17, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday misrepresented words from Rep. Ilhan Omar to make her sound like an al-Qaida sympathizer and exaggerated the performance of the economy under his watch. A look at claims from his rally in North Carolina: OMAR TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't say...

L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

Jul. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effort

Jul. 17, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily killed a maverick Democrat's effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional...

Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage

Jul. 17, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

HELENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Bill Brasch greeted President Donald Trump's latest tweet controversy with a shrug. He doesn't believe Trump was being racist for telling four congresswomen, all women of color, to "go back" to the countries they came from. It doesn't matter much that all four of the women are...

AP FACT CHECK: Savings from Sanders' Medicare plan dubious

Jul. 17, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders all but guaranteed in his "Medicare for All" speech on Wednesday the U.S. would spend less on health care with his plan. He said studies from experts on the political left and the right project $2 trillion to $5 trillion in savings over 10...

Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

Jul. 17, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Senator Chuck Schumer says in the letter Wednesday to...

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

Jul. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that's a symbol of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The so-called "Cadillac tax" never went into effect, since...

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L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

Jul. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96. His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of...

Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally Wednesday into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump goes after Omar at rally

Jul. 17, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday misrepresented words from Rep. Ilhan Omar to make her sound like an al-Qaida sympathizer and exaggerated the performance of the economy under his watch. A look at claims from his rally in North Carolina: OMAR TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't say...

Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

Jul. 17, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Senator Chuck Schumer says in the letter Wednesday to...

Supreme Court to hear 'Bridgegate' appeal in 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The legal saga from New Jersey's most notorious traffic jam will stretch into next year. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the 'Bridgegate' case in early 2020. The high court decided last month to hear the appeal of Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, two former...

US detains immigrant after he spends year in Seattle church

Jul. 17, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — An immigrant who has spent the past year inside a Seattle church to avoid being deported to Mexico was detained Wednesday after presenting himself to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The arrest prompted protests from a crowd of supporters who had accompanied Jose...

The Latest: Trump complains at rally about 4 congresswomen

Jul. 17, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is going after four freshman Democratic lawmakers one by one after previously tweeting that they should "go back" to their home countries if they have...

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

Jul. 17, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation's most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert. In a opinions by the...

House blocks maverick Democrat's Trump impeachment effort

Jul. 17, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily killed a maverick Democrat's effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...