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Back to basics: Congress tries to keep government lights on

Sep. 17, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that it doesn't look like a bitterly polarized Washington will stumble into another government shutdown. But as Democrats controlling the House unveil a stopgap, government-wide spending bill to keep the lights on and pay the troops, there's scant evidence that power...

Brazil's environmental workers tell of decline before fires

Sep. 17, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As fires burn across the Brazilian Amazon, the vast state of Amazonas has been among the hardest hit, with more than 6,600 blazes recorded in August, 2 1/2 times more than the same month a year ago. Yet official documents seen by The Associated Press show that Brazil's government has...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on economy; Dems' selective facts

Sep. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant , shattering all economic records for...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems and their tale of 2 countries

Sep. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those...

GOP rejects cuts to wall funding, Dems threaten filibuster

Sep. 12, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump's latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding the project without congressional approval. Democrats threatened to filibuster a Pentagon spending bill. The...

Austin to be first US city to fund abortion support services

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion advocates said Thursday that Texas' capital of Austin has become the first city in the nation to provide funding toward logistical services for abortion access. The move comes as several states passed sweeping abortion bans this year, and after Planned Parenthood pulled out of...

US budget deficit for 11 months up $169 billion over 2018

Sep. 12, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit with just one month left in the budget year is up 18.8% over...

Democrats cry 'cowardice' as GOP overrides NC budget veto

Sep. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans in control of a nearly half-empty North Carolina House chamber on Wednesday held an unexpected vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget bill, prompting accusations of trickery and deception from Cooper and fellow Democrats. Republican leaders had spent...

The Latest: NC House Republicans defend veto override action

Sep. 11, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the North Carolina House Republicans' surprise vote in a half-empty chamber to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto (all times local): 3:30 p.m. North Carolina House Republican leaders say they never made any announcement or decision that would have prevented...

Go ahead, dive inside the mind of Bill Gates. But strap in.

Sep. 11, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is....