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Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Family of slain ex-Arkansas lawmaker "sickened" by arrest

Jun. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

The family of a former Arkansas state senator who was found dead outside of her home says they are "sickened and upset" by the thought that one of her friends could have been involved in her killing. Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, of Pocahontas, in connection...

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

Jun. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that successful...

Migrants complain of poor conditions at US holding centers

Jun. 15, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

Debate lineups: Biden, Sanders on 2nd night, Warren on 1st

Jun. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala...

Mnuchin says 2020 deadline for Tubman $20 bill not possible

Jun. 14, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday called "completely erroneous" a published report that an initial 2020 deadline for completing the design of a $20 bill featuring Harriett Tubman could have been met. Mnuchin told a congressional committee last month that the redesign of the $20...

Justice backs Mnuchin's refusal to turn over Trump's taxes

Jun. 14, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump's tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them. The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump's tax returns in May, but the Treasury...

Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Jun. 14, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the aftermath of...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 14, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area....