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Merrill in Alabama GOP Senate race; Sessions still a factor

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he's joining a growing field of Republican primary candidates competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones next year. "Let's take this Senate seat back and give it back to the people of Alabama," Merrill said...

New Pentagon chief seeks Europe's help for Trump's Iran view

Jun. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration aims to persuade allies the confrontation with Iran, which threatened to worsen into a deadly shooting war last week, is "not Iran versus the United States" but rather a global challenge requiring global diplomacy, the new acting Pentagon chief said Tuesday....

Correction: Mideast-US Peace Plan story

Jun. 25, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 23 about the new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Mideast expert Aaron David Miller as saying on Twitter that "The Palestinians' economic problem isn't a lack of money; it's a lack of liberty." Miller was quoting an article...

Probe advised of ex-defense secretary over Sri Lankan blasts

Jun. 25, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's attorney general advised the acting police chief on Monday to launch a criminal investigation of the former defense secretary over "major lapses" that contributed to security failures ahead of Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 250 people. Attorney General...

Blurred lines: Trump's UN choice and her coal magnate spouse

Jun. 24, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The email went out from senior Environmental Protection Agency officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, responding to questions she had about a funding matter. But the acknowledgment email the EPA got back a few hours later wasn't from the ambassador. It was from her...

Iraqi official: Parliament approves 3 key Cabinet ministers

Jun. 24, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deputy parliament speaker says the legislature has approved three Cabinet ministers whose posts have been vacant since the formation of the government in October. Hassan al-Kaabi told The Associated Press that the parliament approved Najah al-Shammari for defense minister, Yassin...

The Latest: Biden says comments taken out of context

Jun. 23, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Joe Biden says his controversial comments about segregationists have been taken out of context. At a fundraiser earlier this week, Biden recalled that in his early days in the Senate, a...

Wyoming secretary of state denied judge job by governor

Jun. 22, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's secretary of state will not become a circuit court judge. Gov. Mark Gordon announced Friday he has appointed private-practice attorney and Torrington municipal judge Nathaniel Hibben to the circuit court vacancy in Torrington. Gordon passed over Secretary of State Ed...

A perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon

Jun. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon. President Donald Trump's brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, spilling beyond diplomacy to a planned air attack on Iran that Trump said he ordered, then pulled back at least for now. This, as the U.S. undertakes an unusual troop...

The Latest: Trump to nominate Esper to lead Pentagon

Jun. 21, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Pentagon leadership (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will nominate Mark Esper to be the next U.S. defense secretary. Esper, who is currently Army secretary, is scheduled to take over as acting defense secretary Sunday. His predecessor as acting...