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The Latest: Trump administration blocks whistleblower report

Sep. 20, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a reported whistleblower allegation that President Donald Trump made an unspecified "promise" to a foreign leader (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The Trump administration has plunged into a showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower's reported complaint about...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

Youth activists expect 10,000 to attend climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Climate change activists are expecting thousands of people to participate in environmental demonstrations in the Boston-area as part of a global, youth-led day of action. The events begin Friday morning in Cambridge, where activists will gather near the Harvard and MIT campuses before...

DC considers banning 'gay panic' defense

Sep. 20, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C., Council is considering legislation that would bar people charged with violent offenses from claiming they acted in self-defense after learning the victim was gay or transgender. WTOP-FM reports Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced the "Sexual Orientation and...

Administration blocks 'urgent' whistleblower disclosure

Sep. 20, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plunged into an extraordinary showdown with Congress over access to a whistleblower's complaint about reported incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The blocked complaint is "serious" and "urgent," the...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Funding plan for $189M US courthouse in Tennessee advances

Sep. 20, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has voted to advance a plan to fund a new $189.1 million federal courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A news release from Sen. Lamar Alexander says the Senate Appropriations Committee's unanimous vote Thursday puts the proposal in position for a full Senate...

Mills reveals members of Maine Climate Council

Sep. 20, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has unveiled the membership of her Maine Climate Council, which is aimed at recommending strategies for boosting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse emissions. The 39-person council will meet for the first time next week. The members include state...

California's dive boat, Ghost Ship fires share legal lessons

Sep. 20, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One was a ship in name only, an artist commune set up in an Oakland warehouse. The other was a bona fide boat afloat on the ocean off Santa Barbara. Both became fiery death traps for a combined 70 souls, two of the worst disasters in modern California history. Each has brought a search...

Federal agency transfers ownership of Udall Park to Tucson

Sep. 19, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Udall Park in Tucson is now city property. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it transferred ownership of the 173-acre (70-hectare) park on Tucson's east side last month to carry out federal legislation approved by Congress. The Bureau of Land Management in 1989 granted the city a...