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US, Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border. The arrangement appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's position in the...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 53-36 vote was well short of the two-thirds required to overturn the veto. The vote mirrored...

Cummings provided strength, calm, for urban Baltimore

Oct. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America - but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown's champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city's worst...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

The Latest: Trump credits 'tough love' for cease-fire deal

Oct. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is crediting his threat of sanctions on Turkey as "tough love" that led the country to agree to a five-day cease-fire in its battle with Kurds in northern Syria. Talking to reporters in Fort Worth,...

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68....

Longtime NCAI member, volunteer Juanita Daugomah Ahtone dies

Oct. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juanita Daugomah Ahtone, a longtime National Congress of American Indians member and volunteer, has died. She was 91. Indian Country Today reports that Ahtone, who was Kiowa, died at home Wednesday in Carnegie, Oklahoma. Ahtone's father was a founding member of the National Congress of...

The Latest: House committees set more impeachment interviews

Oct. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the testimony by U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland to House committees investigation impeachment (all times local): 1 p.m. Three House committees investigating impeachment have tentatively scheduled at least eight closed-door interviews next week, including one with Bill...

The Latest: Clintons release statement praising Cummings

Oct. 17, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (all times local): 1 p.m. Former president Bill Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, are praising the life and work of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a written statement Thursday they called him "a resounding...

Rep. Cummings remembered for friendship, fight for justice

Oct. 17, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials and others shared condolences for Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday morning in Baltimore. Here are some reactions from their statements: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP "My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the...