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Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

May. 20, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. Campaigns are interpreting the law so liberally —...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

May. 20, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

May. 20, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and...

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

May. 20, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan...

Mnuchin says US and China putting trade war on hold

May. 20, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the United States and China are stepping back from a possible trade war after two days of talks that produced "meaningful progress." Despite not getting China to agree to trim its overall trade surplus with America by a specific amount,...

The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold

May. 20, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States and China are "putting the trade war on hold" after two days of talks that he says produced meaningful progress. Despite not getting China to agree to trim its...

Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019

May. 20, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year. The Trump administration missed an informal deadline last Thursday that had been set by House Speaker Paul Ryan to get a revamped North American Free Trade...

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

May. 19, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday....

CIA's Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

May. 19, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth in intelligence operations against Russia. She's sure to tap that latter experience as she takes over at the...

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

May. 19, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He is the Republican Party's most powerful political weapon. Yet as the GOP fights to defend its delicate House and Senate majorities, President Donald Trump is not welcome everywhere. Some Republican candidates fear that the unscripted and relatively unpopular president could do more harm...

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The Latest: Maduro's challengers criticize 'red points'

May. 20, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 1:01 p.m. President Nicolas Maduro's two main challengers are calling on electoral authorities to step in to stop ruling party activists from pressuring poor voters into casting ballots for the...

NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry

May. 20, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — NYU Abu Dhabi, the branch of the famed New York university, blocked journalists on Sunday night from filming a graduation address by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The decision comes as Kerry was expected to...

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

May. 20, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and...

Hillary Clinton to receive prestigious Harvard medal

May. 20, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is being honored with a medal during Harvard University's graduation week. The former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president will be awarded Friday in Cambridge with the Radcliffe Medal, which the university says honors...

USS Manchester to be commissioned soon

May. 20, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A U.S. Navy combat ship named for New Hampshire's largest city will be commissioned soon. The commissioning ceremony for the USS Manchester is scheduled for May 26 at the New Hampshire State Pier in Portsmouth. The ship, which was built in Alabama, was christened and launched in...

Mnuchin says US and China putting trade war on hold

May. 20, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the United States and China are stepping back from a possible trade war after two days of talks that produced "meaningful progress." Despite not getting China to agree to trim its overall trade surplus with America by a specific amount,...

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

May. 20, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan...

Heated court fight, US House race dominate Arkansas election

May. 20, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that has drawn heavy spending from outside groups and a four-person race for the Democratic nomination to run for a Little Rock-area U.S. House seat headline the ballot in the state's primary and non-partisan judicial election this week....

3 Republicans compete in high-profile US House primary race

May. 20, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An energetic former South Dakota public utilities commissioner campaigning on making tough choices to tackle the federal debt. A self-described reformer secretary of state seeking to apply business principles to government like she did in overhauling the elections office. An...

Democrats taking the House? First they face primary tests

May. 20, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats are optimistic the path to retaking the U.S. House in November will include flipping two New Jersey seats, but first voters will be heading to the polls to pick their parties' candidates for this year's U.S. Senate and House races. Democratic and Republican voters go to the...