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Colombian rebels-turned-politicians sworn into Congress

Jul. 20, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With the swipe of a taupe shade of eyeshadow and the swearing of an oath, Sandra Ramirez's transformation from rebel guerrilla to senator was complete. Eight ex-combatants with Colombia's once-largest rebel group were sworn into office Friday in another crucial step in implementing...

The Latest: Senator considering legislation on duck boats

Jul. 20, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 8 p.m. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll examine "legislative solutions" to increase the safety of amphibious vehicles like duck boats after the tragedy in Branson. The Democratic senator didn't offer...

US presses China and Russia to enforce sanctions on NKorea

Jul. 20, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Friday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's united support for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and pressed China and Russia to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check

Jul. 20, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin...

White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum

Jul. 20, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia's ambassador to the U.S.,...

The Latest: Trump slams media for coverage of Putin summit

Jul. 20, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump is again lashing out at media coverage of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After arriving Friday at his New Jersey home for the weekend, Trump...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump offers skewed view of farm trade

Jul. 20, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promoting a lopsided view of agricultural trade as he assails "bad (terrible) Trade Deals with other countries." Agriculture is actually a strong point for U.S. commerce. A look at his tweet Friday: TRUMP: "Farmers have been on a downward trend for 15 years. The...

AP Explains: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo remains hot topic

Jul. 20, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico has introduced a bill aimed at giving Hispanic families stronger measures to review claims of lost lands under the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo — the treaty that ended the U.S.-Mexican War. Meanwhile, New Mexico Attorney...

Trump heightens China tariff threat with no deal in sight

Jul. 20, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies is in sight. Instead, many analysts say they expect the Trump administration to impose more tariffs on China...

Democrats find not-so-secret weapon in Trump controversies

Jul. 20, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger mingled Wednesday night with supporters at a Richmond brewery, one person hung like a shadow over the gleaming brew tanks and grilled food truck pizza. As they watched their kids play with Legos in the corner of the bar, Kristen...