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AP source: Justice Dept. probing development of Boeing jets

Mar. 18, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing's 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in...

DC-area sniper shootings case to have Supreme Court hearing

Mar. 18, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia's plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. The justices said they will take up the state's appeal in the case...

AP Explains: Trump 'Wall Defense Fund' cash goes to campaign

Mar. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is urging supporters to contribute to a "Wall Defense Fund" as it seeks to cash in on opposition to the president's signature campaign promise. But there is no separate fund or account to advocate for wall construction. Instead, the money goes...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

'We need a million -- and quick!' Dem candidates' playbook

Mar. 18, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, little known outside his home state, boasts he raised over $1 million in the days after launching his White House bid. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and others say they did, too. Impressive numbers, even if dwarfed by the $6 million or so reported by...

Beto O'Rourke boasts about $6.1M in campaign's 1st 24 hours

Mar. 18, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke boasted Monday that the more than $6 million he raised online within a day of announcing his White House bid, the most reported by any 2020 candidate, was helping to create "the largest grassroots campaign this country has ever...

Warren embraces underdog role as she faces 2020 challenges

Mar. 18, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough questions about fundraising and electability, along with lingering skepticism about her...

White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

Mar. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday proposed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college. White House officials included the plan in a list of suggested changes to the Higher Education Act, a sweeping federal law that...

Democrats urge FBI probe of spa owner offering Trump access

Mar. 18, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats are urging the FBI to investigate a Trump campaign donor who is the founder and onetime owner of a spa that has been implicated in a human-trafficking ring. In a Friday letter to the FBI, Democrats on the House and Senate judiciary and intelligence panels wrote that reports...

Judge: Feds can post info on FBI raid of Trump's ex-lawyer

Mar. 18, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge directed prosecutors Monday to publicly release documents related to the search warrant for last year's FBI raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III ordered that redacted versions of the...

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The Latest: Pence to survey Nebraska flood damage Tuesday

Mar. 18, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nebraska to survey damage from flooding in the Midwest. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump requested Pence go Tuesday to the Midwest...

Border wall could siphon aircraft, submarine project money

Mar. 18, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Members of Congress say the Department of Defense tells them that congressionally approved money for four projects in Pennsylvania are at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The offices of Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Chrissy...

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

AP source: Justice Dept. probing development of Boeing jets

Mar. 18, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing's 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in...

Meghan McCain fires back at Trump tweets against her father

Mar. 18, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan McCain says President Donald Trump's life is "pathetic" after his weekend Twitter attack against her father, the late Sen. John McCain. She fired back at Trump on ABC's "The View" Monday after the president tweeted comments criticizing her father, who died last year after battling...

2020 hopeful Gabbard calls for end of 'wasteful' wars

Mar. 18, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says her top priorities if she's elected to the White House in 2020 would be to end military action in countries such as Iraq and Syria and to de-escalate tensions with nuclear-armed countries like Russia and China. The Hawaii congresswoman...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

Mar. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised —...

Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday. Colombia's foreign ministry released the updated number of...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

US Rep. Green confirms interest in Senate bid in Tennessee

Mar. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green says he's "thinking about" running for a Senate seat opening up in Tennessee but hasn't given much thought to when he'll decide. On Monday, the first-term congressman told The Associated Press he would need to think he's the person for the job and...