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US says North Korea canceled planned meeting with VP Pence

Feb. 20, 2018 8:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Pence led the U.S. delegation to the opening...

AP FACT CHECK: Where are Trump's 'tougher' steps on Russia?

Feb. 20, 2018 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's been "much tougher" on Russia than his predecessor — but his evidence remains scant at best. During the 2016 campaign, President Barack Obama called out Russia for political interference when much less was known about it and followed up after the...

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Feb. 20, 2018 8:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long...

Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

Feb. 20, 2018 7:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 33-year-old attorney fired last year by a prominent international law firm became the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, admitting Tuesday that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Alex...

With new elections near, US strains to curb Russia meddling

Feb. 20, 2018 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump's intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court....

How a law firm's work on Ukraine ties into the Russia probe

Feb. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Van der Zwaan worked for the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which was hired to write a 2012 report on the...

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

Feb. 20, 2018 4:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former...

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Feb. 20, 2018 1:14 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the St. Petersburg agency...

Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

Feb. 20, 2018 9:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting two challenges by guns rights groups to California laws regulating firearms' sales. The action Tuesday came less than a week after a gunman in Florida killed 17 people at a Florida high school. The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by...

Urged on by Trump, GOP to fight Pennsylvania's district map

Feb. 20, 2018 6:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Encouraged by President Donald Trump, Republicans vowed Tuesday to fight Pennsylvania's new court-imposed map of congressional districts as dozens of candidates assessed their chances under newly formed districts and the odds that a federal court could block them. Republican members...

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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Feb. 20, 2018 8:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long...

Australian PM heading to US for talks with Trump, governors

Feb. 20, 2018 8:13 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald Trump's softening opposition to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be up for discussion...

US says North Korea canceled planned meeting with VP Pence

Feb. 20, 2018 8:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. Pence led the U.S. delegation to the opening...

Senate approves budget with prison funding boost

Feb. 20, 2018 8:04 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system would get a $51 million funding increase in October, under a budget approved Tuesday by the Alabama Senate, as the state attempts to comply with a federal court order to improve mental health care to inmates. Senators voted 26-2 for the proposed general...

The Latest: US says Pence was ready to meet with N Korea

Feb. 20, 2018 8:03 PM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic Games in South Korea but that North Korea canceled at the last...

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Feb. 20, 2018 7:56 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday. The state Department of Defense, the agency...

Coast Guard special agent relieved of duty after rape arrest

Feb. 20, 2018 7:44 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The man in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard's internal investigations in the Northwest has been at least temporarily relieved of duty after being arrested for investigation of rape. Jonathan Sall, of Poulsbo, was arrested by the Clark County Sheriff's Office on Sunday. The 56-year-old...

Alexander says he's 'staying out of' Corker re-elect choice

Feb. 20, 2018 7:33 PM EST

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander said Tuesday that he was disappointed when Sen. Bob Corker decided not to seek re-election, and the two Republicans have recently talked about calls for Corker to reverse course. But Alexander claims he hasn't urged Corker to run again, insisting that he is...

The Latest: Rep fires aide who claimed survivors were actors

Feb. 20, 2018 7:32 PM EST

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A Florida state representative has apparently fired an aide who emailed a reporter a claim that two survivors of a South Florida school shooting were actors. Republican Rep. Shawn Harrison tweeted a...

Nancy Pelosi warns of tax cut effects during Phoenix visit

Feb. 20, 2018 7:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told supporters in Phoenix Tuesday that the Republican tax cuts will have dire effects on the middle class in Arizona and across the nation. The Democratic leader told about 100 people at a town hall-style event that Republican leaders intend to cut...