Top United States government News

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2019, file photo shows the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections in Adelanto, Calif. Speaking to investors last week, the founder of the private prison company GEO Group, which has been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates, predicted his company would rebound after the November election.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price. The fortunes of...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for their operations, officials announced Thursday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for violent operations. The Trump administration said the groups used the...

High court: Rhode Island mail-in voters don't need witnesses

Aug. 13, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail in two upcoming elections without signing their ballots in the presence of two witnesses or a notary. State officials had agreed to suspend the requirement because of the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

Aug. 13, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. Official Washington is emptying, national politics is consuming the airwaves and the chasm between the warring sides...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump payroll tax cut is Social Security risk

Aug. 13, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut is a threat to Social Security no matter how he casts it. During a news conference Wednesday, he insisted he could eliminate the tax if he were reelected, and do it without undercutting retirement benefits or greatly adding to the...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The potential ascendancy of Sen. Kamala Harris to the vice presidency next year has kicked off widespread speculation about who might replace her if Democrats seize the White House. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is already being lobbied by hopefuls and numerous names are emerging in the early speculation. Bass, who was on Joe Biden's vice presidential short list, would likely get consideration. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Talk of Harris successor sets off California guessing game

Aug. 13, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The possible election of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as vice president has set off a fierce competition in California to replace her, with contenders already pressuring Gov. Gavin Newsom for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime appointment. Joe Biden tapped Harris this week to join him on the...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'One of us': South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

Aug. 13, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian circles immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as...

Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

TikTok and its employees prepare to fight Trump over app ban

Aug. 13, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

TikTok and its U.S. employees are planning to take President Donald Trump's administration to court over his sweeping order to ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits. The employees' legal challenge to Trump's executive order will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Slovenia's Foreign Minister Anze Logar shake hands after signing an agreement on fifth-generation internet technology as Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa stands at center, in Bled, Slovenia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Pompeo is on a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction. (Jure Makovec/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns about China

Aug. 13, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BLED, Slovenia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Slovenia on Thursday to make the case for high-speed wireless networks that bar Chinese companies like Huawei. On the second leg of a four-nation tour of central and eastern Europe, Pompeo met with Slovenian officials in the mountain lake...

Latest United States government News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

Aug. 13, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. Official Washington is emptying, national politics is consuming the airwaves and the chasm between the warring sides...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky.  A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.”  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Federal appeals court: Male-only draft is constitutional

Aug. 13, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In a decision that overturned a 2019 ruling by a Texas-based federal judge, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Feds now investigating Florida man accused of making bombs

Aug. 13, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Federal agents are taking over the investigation of a Florida man who was arrested after police found more than two dozen pipe bombs near his home, including some that contained nails, screws and metal pellets. Boynton Beach police said Thursday that the Bureau of Alcohol,...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020 file photo, Ethan Cale walks from the American Airlines ticket counter in Salt Lake City.   American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday, Aug. 13.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

American considering cutting flights to many smaller cities

Aug. 13, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 file photo Ola Kaellenius, CEO of the car manufacturer Mercedes, stands next to a 'Vision EQS' car at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, issues fourth-quarter and full year earnings and provides business update at news conference. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Daimler reaches deal to settle US diesel emissions claims

Aug. 13, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, says it has reached an agreement in principle to settle U.S. claims over emissions from its diesel vehicles for over $2.2 billion. The Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker said late Thursday that the agreement with various U.S. authorities concerns...

Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

Aug. 13, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort on Thursday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month. The court case remains alive, but it’s back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the MT Wila is boarded by Iranian navy commandos in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (U.S. Navy via AP)

US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

Aug. 13, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., the American military said Thursday. The U.S. military's Central Command published a black-and-white video...

House Republican leader says he had COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox is the first Washington lawmaker known to have tested positive for COVID-19, posting on Facebook this week that he has completed a self-isolation period and is “feeling great now.” In his Tuesday post, Wilcox wrote that he decided to...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for their operations, officials announced Thursday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for violent operations. The Trump administration said the groups used the...

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2019, file photo shows the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections in Adelanto, Calif. Speaking to investors last week, the founder of the private prison company GEO Group, which has been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates, predicted his company would rebound after the November election.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins

Aug. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price. The fortunes of...