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AP-NORC poll: Trump approval still weak despite economy

Aug. 22, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him weak...

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he's running for Senate

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted...

Sanders' $16 trillion climate plan builds on Green New Deal

Aug. 22, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national emergency. While the Vermont senator...

APNewsBreak: Duo to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

Aug. 22, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and...

Sanders, Harris set for showdown in delegate-rich California

Aug. 22, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has promised to win the California presidential primary in March, but home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is defending her turf — putting the two on a collision course in a state both see as a critical steppingstone to the White House. Sanders' campaign...

AP Analysis: Trump's 'disloyal' jab may boost base, not Jews

Aug. 21, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's branding of American Jews who vote for Democrats as "disloyal" to their religion and Israel prompted alarms of anti-Semitism. But his ultimate aim appears to be dividing Democrats, peeling off Jewish support and shoring up his white evangelical Christian base....

Trump signs student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal student loan debt owed by tens of thousands of disabled military veterans will be erased under a directive President Donald Trump signed Wednesday. Trump ordered the Education Department to "eliminate every penny of federal student loan...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to announce run for 3rd term

Aug. 22, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, is set to announce Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor. Two people close to Inslee told The Associated Press that Inslee planned to make the announcement in an email to...

The Latest: AP sources: Inslee to seek 3rd term as governor

Aug. 21, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 7 p.m. Two people close to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have told The Associated Press that he intends to seek a third term as governor. The news comes after Inslee announced the end of his...

Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout from quitting program

Aug. 22, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping into financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the wake of its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program...

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S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will stop exchanging classified intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, Seoul said Thursday in a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the Asian...

AP-NORC poll: Trump approval still weak despite economy

Aug. 22, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him weak...

Global stocks subdued as investors seek more clues on Fed

Aug. 22, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Thursday following Wall Street's rebound as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for clues about possible interest rate cuts. Investor reaction was muted following Wednesday's release of notes from the latest Fed meeting...

Correction: Afghanistan story

Aug. 22, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a story on Aug. 20 about Afghanistan, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a report about the ongoing conflict to the U.S. government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The report was written by a different entity, the Lead Inspector General. A...

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he's running for Senate

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted...

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Aug. 22, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return of $1...

Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, saying US has 'strong economy'

Aug. 22, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had "a strong economy." Trump's flip-flop on Wednesday came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and...

Planned Parenthood sees swift fallout from quitting program

Aug. 22, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping into financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the wake of its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program...

Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade

Aug. 22, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade. They'll be led by Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. Kaptur is chairwoman of the...

Coast Guard recovers body of kayaker

Aug. 22, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has recovered the body of a man who went missing while kayaking in the Delaware Bay. The man's body was found Wednesday in the area of Thompson Beach. His yellow kayak was found earlier. The man took to the water near East Point Lighthouse in Maurice...