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FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, says a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel Thursday that Don McGahn, the White House counsel,...

The Latest: US Senate affirms the press is 'not the enemy'

Aug. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on U.S. newsrooms coordinating a series of editorials speaking up for a free press (all times local): 2:05 p.m. The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." The resolution Thursday offered by Democratic Sen. Brian...

The Latest: Gary Johnson: I'd 'probably' confirm Kavanaugh

Aug. 16, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson says he likely would vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he was in the U.S. Senate...

UN envoy criticizes Bosnian Serb action on Srebrencia

Aug. 16, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. official focusing on preventing genocide is calling the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a government report acknowledging the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica "a step backwards for Bosnia." The Srebrenica Commission...

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

Aug. 16, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. Lawmaker...

Nonprofit objects to remarks by Blackburn consultant

Aug. 16, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A left-leaning Tennessee nonprofit has objected to comments by a paid political consultant to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign, claiming the remarks signal illegal coordination with outside political groups. Tennessee Citizen Action says it has sent a formal complaint to...

Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

Aug. 16, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The burning question in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race isn't about what either candidate plans to do, but rather whether a Republican megadonor will open his wallet after a stinging, and costly, primary defeat. Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein spent nearly $11 million on the race for...

Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale

Aug. 16, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people. People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill...

AP FACT CHECK: No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent

Aug. 16, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling voters that his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker plans to raise taxes by 26 percent if he's elected to office. Rauner, who is seeking a second term this fall, has spent years battling Democrats over how to handle the state's troubled...

Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93

Aug. 16, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical...