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Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

May. 19, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any...

Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble

May. 19, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. A...

APNewsBreak: Schumer calls for probe of Chinese rail tech

May. 19, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a Chinese state-owned company could pose a threat to national security. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said in a statement to The...

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020

May. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Alabama's restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump is imploring anti-abortion activists to stay united for the 2020 election. Trump says gains by anti-abortion activists will "rapidly disappear" if, as he put it in a tweet, "we are foolish...

AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

May. 19, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will hear from former CIA Director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration's sudden moves in the region. Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to...

Michigan GOP congressman says Trump conduct is 'impeachable'

May. 18, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's miscues on trade and drug prices

May. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he's unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him. His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on goods from China until he imposed them marked a series of statements misrepresenting how trade works as the two...

Biden rejects Democrats' anger in call for national unity

May. 19, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the second time as a...

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

May. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, and that...

Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

May. 19, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...

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Emma, Liam top lists for most popular baby names in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Social Security Administration says that Emma and Liam topped the lists for the most popular baby names in Arizona last year. Those were also the most popular names for girls and boys in the United States in 2018. The top five names for baby girls in Arizona last year were, in order of...

Maine to get more than $23M for clean water projects

May. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators say the state is receiving more than $23 million from the federal government for projects that help provide clean water. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Republican Sen. Susan...

Testimony ends in Harvey-related overflow dams, floods case

May. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Testimony has ended in the lawsuit by some Texas residents seeking U.S. government compensation after their land flooded when two federally owned reservoirs overflowed during Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports testimony wrapped up Friday in Houston. Judge Charles Lettow of the...

Bowling Green fire canine named top dog in US competition

May. 19, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Millie, the Bowling Green Fire Department's accelerant detection K-9, has proved to be a valuable member of the department in her first few months on the job. At a recent competition, though, Millie, demonstrated that she was the best in show. Millie and her handler, BGFD Capt....

Library of Congress books being donated to local libraries

May. 19, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressman is helping bring donated books from the Library of Congress libraries and schools in the state. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline says his office is joining the Library of Congress's Surplus Book Program, which allows members of Congress to donate surplus books...

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

May. 19, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any...

Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend themselves

May. 19, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for...

The Latest: US conducts navy exercises in Arabian Sea

May. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier strike group...

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020

May. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Alabama's restrictive new abortion law stirring divisions on the right, President Donald Trump is imploring anti-abortion activists to stay united for the 2020 election. Trump says gains by anti-abortion activists will "rapidly disappear" if, as he put it in a tweet, "we are foolish...

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

May. 19, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a former tannery to dig contaminated sediment and excavate soil from areas in western Michigan after finding high pollution levels where the shoemaker once operated. The EPA sent a letter last month listing several cleanup steps federal...