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Senate to pass $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

Jun. 26, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The vote comes after the chamber moved to swiftly reject a measure...

Trump blames Democrats for migrants' deaths

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the death of a man and his 23-month-old daughter shown in a searing photograph that has become a symbol of the peril faced by migrants. Asked about the photograph as he left the White House for a trip to Asia on Wednesday, Trump told...

Tech giants face questions on hate speech going into debates

Jun. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced questioning by a House panel Wednesday on their efforts to stanch terrorist content and viral misinformation on their social media platforms. The scrutiny comes as the tech giants step up safety measures to prevent disinformation online...

Trump heads to Asia for talks on trade, Iran and more

Jun. 26, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll meet with "a lot of different countries" during his third international trip in a month. Trump headed for Japan on Wednesday for the annual Group of 20 summit. He'll then stop in South Korea for consultations on North Korea's nuclear program. The trip is...

Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

Jun. 26, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum is...

Divide between rural, urban Oregon is fueling climate fight

Jun. 26, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican senators are entering the...

Tesla provision helps get Wisconsin legislator behind budget

Jun. 26, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans won a key legislator's support for the state budget Wednesday after inserting provisions that allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, an enthusiast of the high-end electric cars. Sen....

Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

Jun. 26, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress and campaign trail, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal...

High court upholds precedents on deference to agencies

Jun. 26, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a conservative push to limit the power of federal agencies. The high court declined to overrule two past cases that had been criticized by conservatives as giving unelected officials vast lawmaking power. But the way the justices clarified the older...

Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have 'profound impact'

Jun. 26, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have "a profound impact" when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won't provide any new information. Mueller's unusual back-to-back testimony in front of...

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Defense presents testimony in Navy SEAL murder case

Jun. 26, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense lawyers went on the offensive Wednesday in the murder trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded Islamic State prisoner in Iraq and shooting at civilians. The prosecution rested its case a day earlier in the San Diego court-martial of Special Operations Chief...

Vaccine panel gives nod to HPV shots for men up to age 26

Jun. 26, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A vaccine against cervical and other cancers should be recommended for both men and women up to age 26, a U.S. government advisory panel decided Wednesday. The vaccine protects against HPV, a virus that is commonly spread through sex and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. The...

The Latest: Defense presents testimony in SEAL murder case

Jun. 26, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Defense attorneys for a Navy SEAL accused of killing a wounded prisoner in Iraq say the Navy has indicated to them that fellow SEALs who had taken the...

Trump blames Democrats for migrants' deaths

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for the death of a man and his 23-month-old daughter shown in a searing photograph that has become a symbol of the peril faced by migrants. Asked about the photograph as he left the White House for a trip to Asia on Wednesday, Trump told...

Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House. Trump's remarks came in a speech kicking off a...

A breakdown of what's at stake in US-Iran crisis

Jun. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don't want war. But unless one or the other changes course - the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its risky pushback - the confrontation appears headed for a collision that could trigger yet another Middle East...

Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

Jun. 26, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress and campaign trail, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal...

Senate to pass $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

Jun. 26, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The vote comes after the chamber moved to swiftly reject a measure...

ICE lays claim to Ukrainian driver accused in fatal crash

Jun. 26, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is taking steps to ensure a Ukrainian-born truck driver whose collision with motorcyclists in New Hampshire left seven dead remains in custody even if his criminal case were dismissed. Twenty-three-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is...

Trump heads to Asia for talks on trade, Iran and more

Jun. 26, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll meet with "a lot of different countries" during his third international trip in a month. Trump headed for Japan on Wednesday for the annual Group of 20 summit. He'll then stop in South Korea for consultations on North Korea's nuclear program. The trip is...