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US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act

Aug. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions . The action, which expands the administration's rewrite of U.S....

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

Aug. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. if they continue to do business with his socialist...

Trump freezes Venezuela gov't assets in escalation

Aug. 6, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such...

Norway: Talks between Venezuela gov't, opposition to proceed

Aug. 2, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Norway's foreign ministry said Friday that the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition led by Juan Guaidó will continue their negotiations on resolving the political standoff in the South American country. In a statement, the ministry said both...

Senate bows to Trump vetoes, allows Saudi arms sales

Jul. 29, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate failed Monday in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Trump's decision to sell the weapons in a way that...

Gulf state US reps back fisheries disaster request

Jul. 24, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. House members from three Gulf Coast states are backing their governors' request for a fisheries disaster declaration, saying freshwater flooding into saltwater ecosystems has killed oysters, hurt fish catches and damaged livelihoods. The letter released Wednesday asked Commerce...

Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei, other economic issues

Jul. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation's leading chip and computer part makers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the White House said. Huawei is embroiled in...

The Latest: White House slams contempt vote for officials

Jul. 18, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House effort to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The White House is slamming the Democrat-controlled House's vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

Trump says he will not impose uranium quotas

Jul. 13, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America's use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who...