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Trump: summit with Putin off to a 'very, very good start'

Jul. 16, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for...

The Latest: Trump sees 'no reason' why Russia would meddle

Jul. 16, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 7:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the 2016 election. Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election....

Apparent protester removed ahead of Trump-Putin conference

Jul. 16, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An apparent protester has been escorted out of a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The individual, seated with the American press corps in Helsinki, was holding a sign about nuclear weapons. He identified himself as a reporter...

Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

Jul. 16, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party. When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic...

Obama to make rare high-profile speech on Mandela's legacy

Jul. 16, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader's example of persevering in the struggle for...

Jared Kushner's family firm accused of pushing out tenants

Jul. 16, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner's family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out...

Finland protests: Human rights for all _ and save the planet

Jul. 16, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — One sign in Helsinki read: "Build saunas not war!" Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances. Abortion-rights activists dressed up...

ACLU asks judge to slow deportations of reunified families

Jul. 16, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a judge Monday to order the Trump administration to hold off one week on deporting reunified families who were separated at the border. The ACLU said in a court filing that its request is a response to "persistent and increasing rumors ... that mass...

US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard

Jul. 15, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The threat of...

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

Jul. 16, 2018 2:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him Brexit is "complex." Trump's interview with Good Morning Britain was broadcast Monday. The president spoke to Piers Morgan on Air Force One Friday evening. Asked the queen's view on Brexit, Trump said:...

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Q&A: World Trade Organization's role in US-China dispute

Jul. 16, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — China is using the World Trade Organization as one of its weapons to fight back against the latest tariffs proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Its complaint to the organization, which oversees global trade rules, comes less than one week after the U.S. government proposed 10...

Jared Kushner's family firm accused of pushing out tenants

Jul. 16, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner's family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out...

The Latest: Trump sees 'no reason' why Russia would meddle

Jul. 16, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 7:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the 2016 election. Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election....

'Credible fear' for US asylum harder to prove under Trump

Jul. 16, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) — Patricia Aragon told the U.S. asylum officer at her recent case assessment that she was fleeing her native Honduras because she had been robbed and raped by a gang member who threatened to kill her and her 9-year-old daughter if she went to the police. Until recently, the...

The Latest: Kushners sued for allegedly pushing out tenants

Jul. 16, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on tenants in a Kushner Cos. building accusing the family firm of harassing them so they would leave (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The Kushner Cos. is being sued by renters at one of its largest residential buildings in New York for allegedly using construction crews to make...

Trump welcomes Putin suggestion to exchange access to accused hackers, Putin critics as 'incredible offer'

Jul. 16, 2018 11:57 AM EDT
HELSINKI (AP) — Trump welcomes Putin suggestion to exchange access to accused hackers, Putin critics as 'incredible offer' .

Disputing US intelligence community, Trump says 'I don't see any reason why' Russia would interfere in 2016 election

Jul. 16, 2018 11:54 AM EDT
HELSINKI (AP) — Disputing US intelligence community, Trump says 'I don't see any reason why' Russia would interfere in 2016 election.

Texas ranch shows President Johnson's struggles and triumphs

Jul. 16, 2018 11:40 AM EDT

STONEWALL, Texas (AP) — Fifty years ago, a depressed President Lyndon Johnson decided not to seek another term. Martin Luther King, Jr. had just been assassinated. Cities were burning in riots. College students marched against the Vietnam War. Four years earlier, Johnson had won re-election in one of the...

At press conference with Russian president, Trump calls probe of Russian election meddling 'a disaster for our country'

Jul. 16, 2018 11:39 AM EDT
HELSINKI (AP) — At press conference with Russian president, Trump calls probe of Russian election meddling 'a disaster for our country'

Republican Senate hopeful calls Democrat parents intolerant

Jul. 16, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Wisconsin on Monday called his parents' decision to support his Democratic opponent "an intentional personal blow" and a "true representation" of political intolerance. Kevin Nicholson's comments in an op-ed piece published online by Fox News are...