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Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' among Dems for speaker

Nov. 15, 2018 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has "overwhelming support" among fellow Democrats to become the next House speaker, and says: "I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes." Pelosi says she thinks she's the best person for the job and that any Democrat who disagrees...

Pentagon: Troop contingent on border 'pretty much peaked'

Nov. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the...

Influential president of Human Rights Campaign stepping down

Nov. 15, 2018 11:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chad Griffin, the influential gay rights activist who helped turn the Human Rights Campaign into a powerful political force, announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the organization's president. Griffin's announcement follows a midterm election in which the group invested heavily...

The Latest: Judge: Florida is 'laughing-stock of the world'

Nov. 15, 2018 10:26 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A federal judge is sharply criticizing Florida legislators and elections officials in Palm Beach County for the state's chronic recount issues. During a hearing on whether to extend the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline...

Nielsen's DHS replacement to face same border challenges

Nov. 15, 2018 5:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border. With Nielsen's departure now...

Trump administration defends its case against CNN's Acosta

Nov. 15, 2018 9:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House press credentials. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing...

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

Nov. 15, 2018 6:32 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit. "It's easiest not to take sides when everybody...

Federal judge: Florida is 'laughing-stock of the world'

Nov. 15, 2018 11:51 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. "We have been the laughing-stock of the world, election after...

Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead'

Nov. 15, 2018 9:11 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race. At a news conference, Georgia Democrats cast doubt on the legitimacy of any...

After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

Nov. 15, 2018 5:23 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. "I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman," Avenatti told reporters Wednesday after being booked and posting...

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Pentagon: Troop contingent on border 'pretty much peaked'

Nov. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the...

Trump visits Marines who responded to recent DC fire

Nov. 15, 2018 12:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is paying a visit to the Marine Barracks in Washington to meet with marines who responded to a recent fire at a public housing complex in the nation's capital. The September fire tore through the Arthur Capper Public Housing complex for seniors, displacing dozens of...

Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader's son

Nov. 15, 2018 12:11 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who moves around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy. Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the second...

Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' among Dems for speaker

Nov. 15, 2018 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has "overwhelming support" among fellow Democrats to become the next House speaker, and says: "I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes." Pelosi says she thinks she's the best person for the job and that any Democrat who disagrees...

Federal judge: Florida is 'laughing-stock of the world'

Nov. 15, 2018 11:51 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. "We have been the laughing-stock of the world, election after...

Woman charged with harassing Sens. Durbin, Duckworth

Nov. 15, 2018 11:45 AM EST

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman is accused of making hundreds of nasty and sometimes obscene phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. The Southern Illinoisan reports that a federal grand jury indicted Jura L. Perkins last week on one felony count of repeated harassing...

Prosecutors: Hospital group to stop anticompetitive measures

Nov. 15, 2018 11:39 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a dominant North Carolina hospital system has agreed to halt insurance practices that hindered patients from finding better health-care deals. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Atrium Health agreed to a settlement that prohibits the Charlotte-based...

Witness: El Chapo told me to give $100,000 to general

Nov. 15, 2018 11:39 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican cartel member is testifying for the U.S. government at the New York City trial of the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (wah-KEEN' ehl CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN'). Jesus Zambada detailed on Thursday how the Sinaloa cartel paid bribes, preferably in U.S. dollars, to...

Judge declines to halt counting in Maine's new voting system

Nov. 15, 2018 11:22 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to halt tabulations under Maine's new voting system , putting the state on path to declaring a winner in the second of its two U.S. House races. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is challenging the constitutionality of Maine's ranked-choice...

WWII pilot's remains coming home, set for Arlington burial

Nov. 15, 2018 11:22 AM EST

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off the coast of Croatia during World War II are coming home. The Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday that the remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford will be buried on Dec. 4 in...