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Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Dec. 15, 2018 12:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election." He says Trump...

Cranky Congress still has work to do before wrapup

Dec. 15, 2018 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own members....

Today in History

Dec. 15, 2018 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2018. There are 16 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, went into effect following ratification by Virginia. On this date: In 1890, Sioux Indian...

China suspends tariff hikes on US cars, auto parts

Dec. 14, 2018 7:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China's first step in response to President Donald Trump's Dec. 1 agreement to...

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Dec. 14, 2018 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador. A few are ascending to leadership roles, demonstrating the growing...

Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo OKs new army

Dec. 14, 2018 6:36 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia threatened a possible armed intervention in Kosovo after the Kosovo parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army. Belgrade called the move a "direct threat to peace and stability" in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting it....

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

Dec. 14, 2018 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Canada moved Friday to ease tensions between them over the case of a top Chinese technology executive whose arrest by Canadian authorities has sparked a diplomatic crisis entangling the three countries. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese...

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedives

Dec. 14, 2018 5:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impending departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods. Major U.S. indexes fell about 2...

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness

Dec. 14, 2018 5:13 PM EST

The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that...

Climate talks extended as island nations demand action

Dec. 14, 2018 5:09 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Weary officials from almost 200 countries faced another day of negotiations at the U.N. climate talks to bridge their last remaining differences as small island nations on Friday demanded an ambitious stance against global warming. The talks in Poland were supposed to end Friday,...