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Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

Lawmakers will hear from pilots who have criticized Boeing

Jun. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Daniel Carey says Boeing's zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for airlines that would buy its 737 Max jet contributed to errors...

House votes to block military transgender ban

Jun. 18, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday night to block President Donald Trump's move to restrict transgender men and women from military service. The House passed, by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces an...

Former Obama staffer running for House seat held by Amash

Jun. 18, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A former staffer for President Barack Obama is running for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Justin Amash of Michigan. Nick Colvin, an Ionia native, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and surrounding areas....

AP FACT CHECK: In 2020 debut, Trump exaggerates growth

Jun. 18, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump officially opened his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a speech exaggerating what he's done for the economy and against illegal immigration. Some claims from his rally in Orlando, Florida: ECONOMY TRUMP: "It's soaring to incredible new heights. Perhaps the greatest...

With Hope Hicks interview, Dems breach Trump's inner circle

Jun. 18, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will interview former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks behind closed doors Wednesday, the first time lawmakers will hear from a person linked to the president's inner circle since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Obtaining...

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

Jun. 18, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the...

Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

Jun. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners. Just hours after the social media giant unveiled early plans for the Libra cryptocurrency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire insisted that only...

The Latest: Lawmaker wants Facebook to suspend currency plan

Jun. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's new digital currency (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The head of the House Financial Services Committee wants Facebook to suspend plans for a new currency until Congress and regulators are able to study it more closely. In asking Facebook to put the Libra currency...