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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, a customer puts gas in their vehicle in Miami. Fuel economy standards for new vehicles would rise a little in a new Trump administration proposal made public Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 but still fall far short of Obama-era standards, bringing howls of protest from environmental groups and a key Democratic senator.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Trump ups mileage proposal, but it's well below Obama plan

Jan. 24, 2020 10:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy requirement for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator complain it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the requirements set under the Obama administration. Fuel...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Legal confusion deepens in Poland in new challenge for EU

Jan. 24, 2020 10:08 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Legal confusion has deepened dramatically in Poland, with the government and the country’s high court judges on a collision course over who gets to administer justice. The populist governing party has tried to take control of Poland's court system over the last four years,...

Lawmakers hold hearing on immigrant 'sanctuary state' bill

Jan. 24, 2020 9:37 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are hearing testimony Friday on a proposal that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. The Safe Communities Act is meant to limit interaction between local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among other things, the bill would prevent...

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June release set for book by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings

Jan. 24, 2020 9:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Rep. Elijah Cummings, nearly finished in his lifetime and worked on by his widow after his death, will be published this summer. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Friday that “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy"...

Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 9:28 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Democrats argue ‘right matters’ in Trump impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2020 9:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press their final...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Face of impeachment: Schiff sets tone with appeals to Senate

Jan. 24, 2020 8:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the otherwise scripted impeachment trial, it was a rare spontaneous moment: Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump's chief defenders, stopped Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead prosecutor, to shake his hand and compliment him on his arguments for Trump’s removal. Though...

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo)

Thousands turn up for 'million' Iraq rally against US troops

Jan. 24, 2020 7:35 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands rallied in Baghdad on Friday to demand that American troops leave the country, though their numbers fell short of the “million-man” march called for by an influential Shiite cleric. The rally came amid heightened anti-U.S. sentiment after a U.S. drone strike earlier...

Greece to change election law, abandon proportional system

Jan. 24, 2020 7:28 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament is set to approve a proposal by the country's center-right government to abolish an election system based on proportional representation but is likely to fall short of the cross-party support needed for the changes to take effect before the next general election....

Kentucky colleges, universities to seek funding increase

Jan. 24, 2020 4:54 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state colleges and universities will ask for their first funding increase since the 2007-08 budget, lawmakers were told. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said public colleges will seek a 6.2% increase next fiscal year and an 8.8%...