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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Administration blocks 'urgent' whistleblower disclosure

Sep. 20, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plunged into an extraordinary showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower's complaint about reported incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The blocked complaint is "serious" and "urgent," the...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Australia's Morrison coming for Trump's 2nd state visit

Sep. 20, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning. Morrison is just the second world leader to be granted the high...

Democrats shift 2020 strategies as Iowa draws closer

Sep. 20, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kamala Harris will "exponentially" increase the time she's spending in Iowa. Bernie Sanders is shaking up his operations there and in New Hampshire. And Beto O'Rourke is going broader, turning up at such places as a San Quentin prison and an Arkansas gun show. With just over four...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

US expels 2 Cuban diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

Sep. 19, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Thursday that it is expelling two Cuban diplomats and restricting travel of members of Cuba's permanent mission to the United Nations as leaders gather from around the world for the annual U.N. General Assembly. The Cuban diplomats who are being expelled are attached to...

US military to present Trump with several options on Iran

Sep. 20, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. In a White House meeting, the Republican president will...

O'Rourke says he's open to broadening gun buyback proposal

Sep. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he's open to broadening his proposal to require owners of AK-47s and AR-15s to sell them to the government. During an emotional town hall Thursday near the site of the Colorado theater shooting, a man who identified himself as a...

Sanford takes his first 2020 campaign trip to New Hampshire

Sep. 19, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, entered a Manchester diner and found his way to an AARP meeting in the back. "Can I be rude?" he...

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US military to present Trump with several options on Iran

Sep. 20, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. In a White House meeting, the Republican president will...

The Latest: Barges break loose in high water, strike bridge

Sep. 20, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda (all times local): 6:49 a.m. A major bridge over the San Jacinto River in Texas is shut down after several barges broke loose during strong currents caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda. The U.S. Coast Guard says witnesses...

Administration blocks 'urgent' whistleblower disclosure

Sep. 20, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plunged into an extraordinary showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower's complaint about reported incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The blocked complaint is "serious" and "urgent," the...

Virginia sheriff ends immigrant detention program

Sep. 20, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff has ended an agreement with federal authorities to lock up people suspected of being in the United States illegally. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron has for two years jailed detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in exchange for...

Music starts for Earthlings around Area 51 events in Nevada

Sep. 20, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Sound checks echoed from a distant main stage while Daniel Martinez whirled and danced at dusty makeshift festival grounds just after sunset in Rachel, the Nevada town closest to the once-secret Area 51 military base. Martinez's muse was the thumping beat from a satellite set-up pumping a...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

The Latest: Trump administration blocks whistleblower report

Sep. 20, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a reported whistleblower allegation that President Donald Trump made an unspecified "promise" to a foreign leader (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The Trump administration has plunged into a showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower's reported complaint about...

Army hosts Morgan State going for 15th straight home win

Sep. 20, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Army coach Jeff Monken was unsure before the season who might be able to step in at quarterback if starter Kelvin Hopkins Jr. got injured because there was no experience behind the senior. None of the four upperclassmen listed at quarterback — a junior and three sophomores...

Amazing Amy changing lives on and off the course

Sep. 20, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — There are times in life, maybe a handful, when everything changes. A moment, simple or world shattering, slanting the past, shaping all still to come. There are people who have the same effect, someone so generous, so genuine, so joyful, meeting them transforms perspective. Amy...

Australia's Morrison coming for Trump's 2nd state visit

Sep. 20, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are welcoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny, to the White House with a pomp-filled military arrival ceremony on the South Lawn Friday morning. Morrison is just the second world leader to be granted the high...