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Labor nominee says he won't be influenced by corporate work

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Labor Department tried to assure senators Thursday that his years of legal work for corporate clients would not influence his actions as a Cabinet member. In opening remarks before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Eugene...

Man gets 30 years in prison for stabbing DC runner to death

Sep. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing a runner in Washington, D.C. News outlets report Anthony Marquell Crawford was sentenced last week in the death of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, who was attacked while running in her gentrifying neighborhood. Crawford...

Cuccinelli emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration

Sep. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mâché, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows. It wasn't a...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

Sep. 18, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In...

Washington Monument reopens after 3-year closure for repairs

Sep. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-year closure, the Washington Monument is reopening to the public. The 555-foot stone obelisk was closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems. The monument will reopen to the public at noon Thursday, and first lady Melania...

The 'Hero of Cologne' receives his Bronze Star 75 years late

Sep. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer came to Washington Wednesday, he thought he was heading to the Pentagon to sign copies of "Spearhead," a recent book detailing his exploits as a World War II tank gunner. Instead, he found a full Army color guard and ceremony awarding him a Bronze Star,...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

DC agency: Gambling contract is fine despite legal concerns

Sep. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia's attorney general is looking into the legality of a $215 million sports gambling contract that was awarded without competitive bidding and approved by the city council. A Washington Post investigation last month found that a subcontractor for the Greek company...

Trump, Finland's president to meet at White House in October

Sep. 18, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto will mark 100 years of diplomatic relations between their countries at the White House next month. The White House says the Oct. 2 meeting will focus on furthering cooperation between the U.S. and Finland, including promoting...

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...