Latest Government and politics News

Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns, could pursue politics

Jun. 19, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier. Many have speculated that Luxon has political ambitions, and that he would be a natural fit with the conservative National Party that was...

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

The Latest: Trump protesters rally at Orlando gay bar

Jun. 19, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on planned protests of President Trump's reelection announcement in Florida (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The hometown paper of the Florida city where Donald Trump is making his reelection announcement says it won't endorse the president. The Orlando Sentinel said in an...

The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances

Jun. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida,...

Iraqi official: Rocket hits oil site, wounds 3 Iraqi workers

Jun. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a rocket hit an oil-drilling site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing energy giant Exxon Mobil and wounding three local workers, one seriously. Security official Mahdi Raykan says a Katyusha rocket landed early Wednesday in the Zubair and Rumeila oil...

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

Jun. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to finish at 21,333.87. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2% to 6,648.10. South Korea's...

Xi supports North Korea's direction on issues ahead of visit

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong...

Nonprofit oil alliance spends on grant writer for New Mexico

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit alliance of energy companies has spent $80,000 on a grant writer to help New Mexico's Transportation Department pursue federal grants. The state's Legislative Finance Committee announced in a newsletter Tuesday the support from the Permian Strategic Partnership. The...