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Alabama's Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

Jun. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative firebrand Roy Moore of Alabama will announce this week if he is running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Moore's wife, Kayla Moore, confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. Moore ran for U.S. Senate in 2017, but lost the special election amid...

Collins casts 7,000th Senate vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Susan Collins has taken her 7,000th consecutive vote in the U.S. Senate as she gears up for what is expected to be a competitive reelection race in 2020. Collins has gone to great lengths over the years to keep her perfect voting streak intact. The senator said that even...

Jon Stewart keeping up pressure on Mitch McConnell

Jun. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert's late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to replenish a victims' fund for first responders to the 9/11 attacks. Stewart mocked McConnell on Colbert's "Late Show" Monday night,...

The Latest: White House steps up Iran outreach to Congress

Jun. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on developments as the U.S. and Iran edge toward a flashpoint amid escalation in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The White House is stepping up its outreach to Congress as tensions escalate in the Middle East. Lawmakers will receive a series of classified...

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 18, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Today in History

Jun. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 18, 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna. On this date: In 1778, American...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry

Jun. 17, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman from Irvine, California, announced her decision in a video statement....

Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds

Jun. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the decisions being made of whether to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political, with fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers worry impeachment will benefit the president, energizing...

Nassar judge, Olympians back USOC oversight push in Congress

Jun. 17, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The judge who sentenced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison and a group of Olympians are backing an effort to create a commission to look into the operations of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina joined the athletes and Colorado's U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in...