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Trump demands end to Russia probes, walks out of Dem meeting

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the walkout seemed...

Iran supreme leader criticizes politicians amid US tensions

May. 22, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh to be released

May. 22, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for...

Blackface photo investigation in Virginia hits a dead end

May. 22, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The mystery of whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A monthslong investigation ordered up by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984 of a...

New York puts Democrats a step closer to Trump tax returns

May. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly both...

Search warrants tied to former Trump lawyer Cohen released

May. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Michael Cohen's numerous contacts with a Russia-linked company and a sudden flow of foreign money into a bank account he controlled that led federal investigators to look into whether the money might be part of a plan to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia, according to court filings...

US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

May. 22, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public and offering tax cuts to software and chip...

Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

May. 22, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about...

Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

May. 22, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a relentless push by rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end. May resisted calls to rip up her tattered Brexit blueprint and...

Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market

May. 22, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business. The decision vindicates the U.S. Federal Trade Commission two years after it filed...

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Friess considering run for Wyoming US Senate seat

May. 22, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wealthy Republican political donor from Wyoming says he's thinking about running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi recently announced he will retire at the end of his current term. Foster Friess told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday he will be weighing...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

May. 22, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: HIGH-SPEED RAIL WORTHY OF DREAMING The Altoona Mirror, May 22 It's impossible to predict whether a fully functional system of high-speed passenger rail service ever will come to this part of Pennsylvania. However, for the Keystone State as a whole and other states in close...

Wife thanks doctors as trooper goes home after shooting

May. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot three times was released Wednesday from a Utah hospital after his wife gave emotional thanks to the medical team and supporters. Trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was wounded in the neck, face and head on...

Sheriff: Baby girl dies after 5 hours in Florida daycare van

May. 22, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an infant has died after being left in a hot van for hours outside a Florida daycare. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office posted on Twitter that the 5-month-old girl was discovered Wednesday afternoon outside a Jacksonville daycare facility. Investigators say the...

Feds say why undercover agent was at scene of 2015 attack

May. 22, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors say an undercover FBI agent's presence outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest near Dallas where two men launched an attack had nothing to do with earlier activities of the two attackers. They say the agent wanted to show a suspected Islamic State recruiter that he could...

Insanity case begins for man accused of killing 5 kids in SC

May. 22, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawyers defending a father charged with killing his five children turned Wednesday to brain science and their client's odd statements to try to spare him from a possible death sentence. The insanity defense case for Timothy Jones Jr. began after a week of emotional testimony in which...

Turbine buckles, collapses on Oklahoma wind farm

May. 22, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

HUNTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a turbine on an Oklahoma wind farm to buckle and collapse midway up the tower. The Enid News & Eagle reports nobody was hurt in Tuesday's accident near Hunter. No cause has been announced, but Enel Green Power North America is...

Utah County commissioner comes out as gay

May. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in an area of Utah where many residents are member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has publicly come out as gay. Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie said Wednesday his announcement was inspired in part by his work with families who have lost...

South Dakota governor requests federal disaster help

May. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is asking for a presidential disaster declaration because of property damage caused by a snowstorm and flooding this spring. Noem requested the federal aid in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The governor asked for the Federal Emergency...

Chinese man guilty of defrauding Apple out of 1,500 iPhones

May. 22, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Chinese national in Oregon sent hundreds of supposedly broken iPhones to Apple over two years, and got replacements under warranty of almost 1,500 devices. The other big problem, federal prosecutors say, is that the iPhones he sent were fake. He now faces three years in prison and a...