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The Latest: McConnell warns about US pullout in Syria

Oct. 14, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the military withdrawal from northern Syria (all times local): 5:00 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria threatens a "strategic calamity" and "catastrophic outcome" for American interests in the...

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Wausau school board president running for Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic president of the Wausau School Board announced Monday that she is running for Congress in her heavily Republican northern Wisconsin district, in a race that could provide an early signal of voter moods ahead of next fall's presidential election. Tricia Zunker, a justice...

Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Oct. 14, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of...

Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn't comment as she...

Democratic Rep. Pocan says impeachment vote coming soon

Oct. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he expects the House to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump by the end of the calendar year. Pocan said Monday he believes Trump has committed an impeachable offense, but he can't commit on whether he would vote to impeach...

Business exec ends US Senate challenge to Markey

Oct. 14, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A business executive who touted is experiences as a foster child when he announced a primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in July has ended his campaign. Steve Pemberton in his emailed announcement Monday said he couldn't overcome a system that favors...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

What's next in the impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

Oct. 14, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington. Three House committees investigating impeachment worked through the break, issuing multiple subpoenas and holding depositions with State Department officials relevant to the inquiry ....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...