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Sanders' early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough

Jul. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on Brooklyn College's red brick campus this winter to launch his second bid for the White House, Bernie Sanders set aside rhetoric for a few minutes to acknowledge the neighborhood where he grew up. The irascible Vermont senator recalled that his father had come to Brooklyn as an...

Military studies 'hyperfit' women who pass grueling courses

Jul. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, Mass. (AP) — In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret...

Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

Jul. 20, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel's appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness...

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

Jul. 21, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for...

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. A notice sent Saturday night to representatives of the clinics by the Department of Health and Human Services said the...

Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

Jul. 20, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global...

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal

Jul. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal....

Ocasio-Cortez: Trump enjoyed crowd saying, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 21, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told constituents on Saturday that President Donald Trump enjoyed hearing a crowd at his rally call for a U.S. congresswoman to return to the country where she was born. The Democratic legislator spoke in New York for the first time since Trump again...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks

Jul. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who's blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They're among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to...

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Military studies 'hyperfit' women who pass grueling courses

Jul. 21, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, Mass. (AP) — In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret...

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

Jul. 21, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for...

Navy's new training facility creates realistic conditions

Jul. 21, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Few things can match training on a warship for a naval battle. But the Navy believes it's created something even better on shore. A new facility on Naval Station Norfolk will start training sailors July 22 to conduct anti-submarine warfare, air defense and surface combat in a way that...

Moon back in NASA's court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize...

Sanders' early life in Brooklyn taught lessons, some tough

Jul. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on Brooklyn College's red brick campus this winter to launch his second bid for the White House, Bernie Sanders set aside rhetoric for a few minutes to acknowledge the neighborhood where he grew up. The irascible Vermont senator recalled that his father had come to Brooklyn as an...

America's got scallops: Catch is up, consumers shelling out

Jul. 21, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand and the value of the fishery has surged in recent years. Sea scallops, harvested mostly by boats from the cold Atlantic Ocean, are the target of one of the most valuable...

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. A notice sent Saturday night to representatives of the clinics by the Department of Health and Human Services said the...

Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move

Jul. 21, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the...

Report: Arkansas kidney disease deaths 3rd highest in nation

Jul. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Doctors and others involved in the care of Arkansans with kidney disease are eager to learn how a recently announced federal initiative will address renal disease in the state, which has one of the nation's highest rates of related deaths. President Donald Trump signed an executive...

Ocasio-Cortez: Trump enjoyed crowd saying, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 21, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told constituents on Saturday that President Donald Trump enjoyed hearing a crowd at his rally call for a U.S. congresswoman to return to the country where she was born. The Democratic legislator spoke in New York for the first time since Trump again...