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Border aid bill faces standoff in Congress over protections

Jun. 27, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is at a standoff over a $4.6 billion aid package for the southern border as House Democrats say a Senate-passed measure doesn't go far enough to care for thousands of migrant families and children. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering a fresh vote Thursday. Democrats want to add...

Huawei warns US patent curbs would hurt global tech

Jun. 27, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei warned Thursday a U.S. senator's proposal to block the company from pursuing damages in patent courts would be a "catastrophe for global innovation." The proposal comes amid mounting U.S. action against Huawei, the biggest maker of switching gear for phone...

California governor faces deadline to act on budget

Jun. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Thursday to act on the state's nearly $215 billion operating budget. This is Newsom's first budget since he took office in January. It includes a $21.5 billion surplus, the largest in at least two decades following years of budget...

Ex-Chiefs player, businessman runs for US Senate in Kansas

Jun. 27, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs player and now businessman who has served on local and state government boards is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Dave Lindstrom, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, planned to launch his bid for the Republican nomination with an...

Trump, Dems clash over who is to blame for migrant deaths

Jun. 27, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats clashed Wednesday over who was to blame for the deaths of a migrant father and his daughter whose drowned bodies were seen in searing photos from the U.S.-Mexico border. "Watching that image of Oscar and his daughter Valeria was heartbreaking. It...

US Senate panel takes up thorny issue of nuclear waste

Jun. 27, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A congressional panel is scheduled to hear from experts as it weighs legislation aimed at tackling the decades-old problem of how to handle spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste that has been piling up around the United States. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources...

Leaks, accusations and staff shuffle: Turmoil inside DHS

Jun. 26, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaks. Pointed accusations. A top official's resignation. And above all, increasingly dire conditions for migrants — those who make it across the border and those who fail, as captured in the searing images of a father clutching his child, both drowned , on the banks of the Rio...

The Latest: Democrats talk gun violence in personal terms

Jun. 26, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debates (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The Democratic presidential candidates are talking in very personal terms about gun violence and how to curb it. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said at Wednesday's debate that he lives in a neighborhood where...

Lawmakers at bat for annual charity baseball game

Jun. 26, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers stepped up to the plate Wednesday for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, a summer tradition that raises money for charity. Members of Congress squared off in a rivalry that resembles the partisan split in the House and Senate. Democrats and Republicans played under evening...

Thai court lets pro-army lawmakers keep seats during probe

Jun. 26, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Wednesday it would let 32 pro-military lawmakers keep their seats while it decides whether they violated election rules, in a decision criticized as unfair because the court earlier suspended an opposition leader over a similar allegation. The Constitutional Court agreed to...