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US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures. “There is a role in the economy for private equity. You bet...

US prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence

Nov. 19, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view. The death of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and the...

Could Haley’s role in Trump administration taint a 2024 bid?

Nov. 19, 2019 12:42 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With the launch of her new memoir, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has again ignited speculation that she may be gearing up for a possible bid for the White House, perhaps as early as 2024. But even though the former South Carolina governor left the Trump administration on her own...

Georgia’s ‘turning point’? Debate signals Democratic hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 AM EST

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Beth Moore would typically fit the mold of a Georgia Republican. She attended private school in the affluent, mostly white northern Atlanta suburbs, attended the University of Georgia, practices law and married a Republican. But the 37-year-old is part of a class of 17...

House Dems set to choose leader of powerful Oversight panel

Nov. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As impeachment hearings resume on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are preparing to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee — a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Three veteran lawmakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney of...

About that call: What to watch on Day 3 of Trump impeachment

Nov. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves. And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams are set to tell Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings against...

Diplomat says of Trump Ukraine call: ‘I remember it vividly’

Nov. 18, 2019 9:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes. But it won’t be easily forgotten. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told Trump impeachment...

White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army...

US, South Korea cut short meeting over sharing defense costs

Nov. 19, 2019 1:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean officials on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the allies remain far apart in negotiations for increasing South Korea’s contributions to the costs for maintaining the American military presence on its soil. U.S. negotiator James DeHart said the U.S. side...

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Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Nov. 19, 2019 4:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages — American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy...

Federal loans to help 3 Tennessee community projects

Nov. 19, 2019 4:27 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced loans for critical projects in three Tennessee communities. Department officials said last week that communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico will receive $394 million in direct loans to improve critical community facilities. In...

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in early European trading Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors awaited fresh developments in trade talks between the United States and China. France’s CAC 40 added 0.3% to 5,945.15, while Germany’s DAX rose 0.4% to 13,259.55. Britain’s FTSE...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Georgia’s ‘turning point’? Debate signals Democratic hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 AM EST

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Beth Moore would typically fit the mold of a Georgia Republican. She attended private school in the affluent, mostly white northern Atlanta suburbs, attended the University of Georgia, practices law and married a Republican. But the 37-year-old is part of a class of 17...

White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army...

N. Korea snubs US move to postpone military drill with South

Nov. 19, 2019 2:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it won’t consider a recent U.S. decision to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea a major concession that can bring it back to nuclear talks. Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said the U.S. must completely scrap that military...

US, South Korea cut short meeting over sharing defense costs

Nov. 19, 2019 1:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean officials on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the allies remain far apart in negotiations for increasing South Korea’s contributions to the costs for maintaining the American military presence on its soil. U.S. negotiator James DeHart said the U.S. side...

NOAA asks residents to keep eye out for stunned sea turtles

Nov. 19, 2019 1:31 AM EST

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is asking New Jersey and New York beachgoers to report any sightings they might have of stranded turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a recent cold snap has suddenly resulted in cold-stunned sea turtles washing up on beaches. The...

House Dems set to choose leader of powerful Oversight panel

Nov. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As impeachment hearings resume on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are preparing to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee — a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Three veteran lawmakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney of...