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Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

Aug. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the state...

Supreme Court: Ginsburg treated for tumor on pancreas

Aug. 24, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, according to the Supreme Court. It is the fourth time that the 86-year-old justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer over...

Is Trump's economic team up for a trade war?

Aug. 24, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office. The assembled brain trust for Friday's urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV...

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Aug. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he...

2020 Democratic field: Narrowing but unwieldy, unpredictable

Aug. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is shrinking but not quickly enough to ward off the prospect of a long, bruising fight for the nomination. Three candidates dropped out of the race over the last two weeks, and several others could soon follow. What remains will be a historically...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

A look at court fights over Trump's financial documents

Aug. 23, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

President Donald Trump's lawyers argued Friday at a federal appeals court in New York that two banks should be stopped from turning over his financial records to House committees seeking them. The case is one of several across the country where Trump is fighting against turning over documents sought by Democrats....

The Latest: Foxx pledges cooperation with special prosecutor

Aug. 23, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the appointment of a special prosecutor to look at the dropping of charges in the Jussie Smollett case (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has promised to cooperate with a newly appointed special prosecutor looking into why her office abruptly...

Judge close to naming special prosecutor in Smollett case

Aug. 23, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. A hearing Friday will be one of the first opportunities for Cook...

Cherokee chief says journey to seat US delegate will be long

Aug. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's plan to send a delegate to the U.S. House, the first such attempt by a tribal nation, will take time as well as cooperation from Congress, the tribe's newly elected chief said Thursday. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called on Congress to...