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US won't renew sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 22, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday told five nations — Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India — that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. President Donald Trump has decided not to reissue the waivers when they...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

Apr. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, says the subpoena from Rep. Elijah...

Warren unveils $640 billion college debt forgiveness plan

Apr. 22, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt for millions of Americans, part of a sweeping set of education funding proposals announced as she and other presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves in a sprawling field. The...

Military vet Moulton joins 2020 presidential race

Apr. 22, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to jump in the race for the White House. The Massachusetts lawmaker and Iraq War veteran made the announcement Monday. "I'm here to tell you and to tell America that I'm running for president of the United States," Moulton said on ABC's "Good...

Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum

Apr. 22, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics. This is the upstart campaign of Pete Buttigieg , the 37-year-old Indiana...

Nothing wrong with help from Russians, Trump lawyer says

Apr. 22, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special...

Trump called on spy chiefs for help as Mueller probe began

Apr. 21, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report

Apr. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he is also assailing as hopelessly biased. Confronted with unflattering details in the report about his monthslong effort to undermine federal...

Harris' campaign focuses on black colleges for support

Apr. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters. Not only is she one of only two...

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Casey lobbies for Democratic primary debate in Pennsylvania

Apr. 22, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is lobbying for a presidential primary debate to be held in his home state, which is projected as a battleground in the 2020 presidential election. Casey's letter Monday to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says holding a...

More than 30,000 expected for White House Easter Egg Roll

Apr. 22, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House lawn is the scene of its biggest social event of the year: the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting Monday's festivities on the South Lawn for more than 30,000 adults and children who will stream through the gates all day....

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

Apr. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, says the subpoena from Rep. Elijah...

The Latest: Oil prices rise after US oil sanctions decision

Apr. 22, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 10 a.m. Oil prices rose following news the Trump administration is telling five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they import oil...

Kentucky soldier based at Fort Campbell dies in Iraq

Apr. 22, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky soldier based at Fort Campbell has died in a noncombat related incident in Iraq. News outlets cite a statement from the Defense Department in reporting that 22-year-old Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley of Richmond died April 20 in Ninawa Province. The statement says the...

Feds probe claims of bias against Asian American students

Apr. 22, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian American students in Maryland's largest school system. The Washington Post reported Sunday that parents in the Montgomery County Public Schools have complained that race was unlawfully...

US won't renew sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 22, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday told five nations — Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India — that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. President Donald Trump has decided not to reissue the waivers when they...

Buttigieg scrambles to turn 2020 buzz into momentum

Apr. 22, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics. This is the upstart campaign of Pete Buttigieg , the 37-year-old Indiana...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report

Apr. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he is also assailing as hopelessly biased. Confronted with unflattering details in the report about his monthslong effort to undermine federal...