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Trump and Maduro confirm talks between high-level officials

Aug. 20, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday his government is talking to "various representatives" of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who also confirmed that discussions had been taking place. In a nationally broadcast appearance hours after Trump spoke, Maduro said that "secret" talks...

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said...

Australian court upholds cardinal's child sex convictions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian court has upheld convictions against the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse. The Victoria state Court of Appeal by a 2-1 majority ruling issued Wednesday rejected Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unanimous verdicts a jury issued in...

The Latest: Reeves tops Waller in campaign cash on hand

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi elections (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has nearly 10 times more campaign cash than his opponent in the Republican primary for governor. Documents filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday show Reeves had about $3.4...

Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

Judge pauses new Missouri law on large farm regulations

Aug. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new Missouri law that sought to shield large hog, poultry and cattle farms from stringent local health rules. Cole County Presiding Judge Patricia Joyce's action means the measure won't take effect as scheduled on Aug. 28. Critics of the...

O'Rourke on historical racist attacks: US as divided as ever

Aug. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week visited sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that were targeted by violence, and made a point of linking the Tulsa race riots and a recent deadly mass shooting in his Texas hometown. The former congressman stopped Monday in Tulsa's...

Albuquerque police officer fired for using unnecessary force

Aug. 20, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department says an officer has been fired for using unnecessary force in an incident earlier this year. The department announced Tuesday that findings of an investigation into alleged misconduct revealed Officer John Hill shoved a handcuffed suspect from...

Arizona colleges move to extend tuition rate for immigrants

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona universities are moving to expand access to a tuition rate paid by immigrants living in the country illegally who graduated from Arizona high schools after President Donald Trump's administration froze enrollment in a program that shielded them from deportation. The state's three...

Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...