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Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

White House: Trump undergoes exam at Walter Reed

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical. The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in...

The Latest: Ex-aide says Trump persuaded to release money

Nov. 16, 2019 10:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment investigation (all times local): 7 p.m. A former national security aide to President Donald Trump has given lawmakers a new account of how military aid to Ukraine came to be released. In a transcript released Saturday, Tim...

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

Nov. 17, 2019 6:14 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan,...

Biden warns about Trump during campaign event in Vegas

Nov. 17, 2019 1:38 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought an alarmist warning to a diverse crowd of Democrats late Saturday in early-caucus Nevada during a town hall at an elementary school in a historically minority Las Vegas neighborhood. Biden opened the event saying that as long as Donald Trump is...

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

Nov. 16, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs...

The Latest: United Farm Workers backs Harris for nomination

Nov. 17, 2019 7:06 AM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The farm workers union started by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta has endorsed Kamala Harris for the Democratic nomination for president. United Farm Workers announced its endorsement of Harris on...

Analysis: Deval Patrick revives debate over ‘electability’

Nov. 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s late entry into the presidential race offers Democrats a fresh — and perhaps last — chance to reassess who they think is the strongest candidate to take on President Donald Trump. It adds to the now months-long debate within the Democratic Party over...

Diplomat says he overheard Trump call about ‘investigations’

Nov. 15, 2019 10:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard President Donald Trump talking with a U.S. ambassador about “investigations” in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the testimony. David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S....

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Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

White House: Trump undergoes exam at Walter Reed

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday for what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physical. The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in...

Sanders stars with Biden, Warren absent at California forum

Nov. 16, 2019 10:50 PM EST

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders was greeted with booming cheers at a gathering of California Democrats Saturday, underscoring his popularity with the party’s liberal base as he looks to capture the biggest prize in the presidential primary season next year. The decisions by Joe Biden and...

The Latest: Ex-aide says Trump persuaded to release money

Nov. 16, 2019 10:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment investigation (all times local): 7 p.m. A former national security aide to President Donald Trump has given lawmakers a new account of how military aid to Ukraine came to be released. In a transcript released Saturday, Tim...

Testimony ties president closer to pressure on Ukraine

Nov. 16, 2019 10:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

Nov. 16, 2019 3:14 PM EST

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in...

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearings and that Trump tweet

Nov. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was just exercising his right to free speech. Democrats said he was intimidating a witness. Whichever is the case, Trump’s Twitter assault on an ex-ambassador’s record came with a heavy dose of distortion. He portrayed her, in a few choice...

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...

American held in Turkey as IS suspect returns to US

Nov. 16, 2019 9:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen alleged by Turkey to be an Islamic State member has returned to the United States. According to a government report obtained by The Associated Press, federal authorities questioned the man when he arrived Friday night at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and...