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The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

Feb. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

Feb. 23, 2019 11:09 PM EST

DANDONG, China (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong Chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader's sister, the North's...

Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

Feb. 23, 2019 11:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be "the most pro-union candidate." Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio,...

Sheriff's deputy shot, man dead in Tennessee during standoff

Feb. 23, 2019 10:50 PM EST

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who fired on sheriff's deputies has died in a standoff at a Tennessee home in which deputies returned fire and one of the officers was shot and wounded. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 44-year-old Jackie Scott Pendergrass was found dead in the home...

Soup for 3: Democratic hopefuls mingle with voters at church

Feb. 23, 2019 10:47 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Was it the black bean soup that drew them? If not, maybe the carrot ginger soup. Or was it the chance to mingle with not one, not two, but three Democratic presidential hopefuls in one spot? The Story County Democratic Party's annual soup supper drew an estimated 300 activists to the...

The Latest: Sheriff says police have found parts of plane

Feb. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a cargo jetliner near Houston (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells the Houston Chronicle that investigators have recovered parts of the cargo plane that crashed just east of Houston. "There's everything from cardboard boxes to...

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

Feb. 23, 2019 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely...

Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout...

De Blasio tells Iowans he's considering a presidential run

Feb. 23, 2019 10:18 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling Democrats in Iowa that he has not ruled out a run for president. The Sioux City Journal reports that de Blasio told voters at a Sioux City bar on Saturday that the Democratic Party must return to its progressive roots. He said working...

Lawmakers unveil compromise budget plan, put off vote

Feb. 23, 2019 10:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers voted to add an extra day to this year's legislative session because of a heated disagreement over whether they'd had enough time to study a proposed budget before voting on it. It's a contentious end to a legislative session marked by an unprecedented wave of...