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Trump digs in against Dem congresswomen; they're firing back

Jul. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don't like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks"...

Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm

Jul. 15, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm's work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual...

Trump tweets send stinging message to countless Americans

Jul. 15, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should "go back to where they came from," Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. Since then, the daughter of...

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

Jul. 15, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. Most are under investigation for posts that surfaced in a...

Making an immigration arrest requires hours of surveillance

Jul. 15, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Two immigration officers had been parked outside a home well before dawn when their target — a Mexican man convicted of driving under the influence in 2015 — appeared to emerge as the sun illuminated a gray sky. "I'm going to do a vehicle stop," an officer radioed....

Treasury chief: Facebook currency plan ripe for illicit use

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, sitting in chairs tied themselves together with...

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women to abortion providers immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups....

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Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Brown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party has filed paperwork to launch a recall against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, citing some of the laws passed in the 2019 legislative session. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chairman Bill Currier in the Monday filing also pointed to Brown's...

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico governor into crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Maria exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption...

Charges: Truck driver watched porn before fatal crash

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota truck driver is accused of watching pornographic videos before a crash that killed a highway worker standing along an interstate. Forty-seven-year-old Tate Doom of St. Paul Park was charged last week in Hennepin County court with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal...

The Latest: Missing camper found in California mountains

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BIG PINE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a camper missing in California's White Mountains (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Authorities say a woman missing since Friday in California's rugged White Mountains has been found alive and taken to a hospital. The Inyo County Sheriff's Office says...

Tennessee bookkeeper sought after skipping jury verdict

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a bookkeeper who was convicted of embezzling more than $250,000 from a Tennessee lawyer but failed to appear for jury verdict announcement. The Shelby County district attorney's office says 51-year-old Teresa Sumpter was present for every day of her trial...

Trump tweets send stinging message to countless Americans

Jul. 15, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should "go back to where they came from," Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. Since then, the daughter of...

1 dead, 15 hurt in California home gas explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A natural gas explosion destroyed a Southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities said. The explosion shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas was shut off and...

Minor injuries after roof collapse at California casino

Jul. 15, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — Eleven people suffered mostly minor injuries when a roof collapsed Monday at a Los Angeles area casino, raining debris into the lobby area, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department received multiple calls following the collapse around 10 a.m. at Larry Flynt's Lucky...

Lee now in favor of changing Confederate proclamation

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee changed course on Monday and declared he's now in favor of amending a law that requires the state to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee tweeted on Monday he will work to change a decades-old statute...

Brother of slain Sandy Hook student plans to run for office

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The 19-year-old brother of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim and outspoken advocate for greater school safety measures says he's running for the Connecticut Senate. Republican JT Lewis of Newtown posted a video on Twitter Monday, announcing plans to challenge Republican Sen. Tony...