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Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

Feb. 23, 2019 8:29 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get...

Mueller: Manafort 'brazenly violated the law' for years

Feb. 23, 2019 7:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel...

Soup for 3: Democratic hopefuls mingle with voters at church

Feb. 23, 2019 10:47 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Was it the black bean soup that drew them? If not, maybe the carrot ginger soup. Or was it the chance to mingle with not one, not two, but three Democratic presidential hopefuls in one spot? The Story County Democratic Party's annual soup supper drew an estimated 300 activists to the...

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

Feb. 23, 2019 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely...

Pentagon chief: Broader approach to border security needed

Feb. 23, 2019 7:02 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border that the government needs a broader, more effective approach to border control. He suggested the Pentagon might contribute with its expertise in surveillance and monitoring. "How do we get...

Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

Feb. 23, 2019 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump's signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the...

AP FACT CHECK: Undocumented GOP, Dem rhetoric on immigration

Feb. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political fallout from President Donald Trump's push for his border wall is giving rise to overwrought rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats alike. Trump, as he has so often done, claimed progress on the wall that isn't borne out by what's going on along the border. In the...

Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

Feb. 23, 2019 11:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be "the most pro-union candidate." Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio,...

US-North Korean deals often made away from negotiating table

Feb. 23, 2019 7:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beware of humor gone awry. Don't be afraid to show emotion. Watch those offhanded one-liners. At the negotiating table, it can be difficult to get North Korean negotiators off their scripted talking points. Sometimes deals are best sealed while on a Pyongyang subway ride, a stroll outside...

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The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

Feb. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said...

Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

Feb. 23, 2019 11:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be "the most pro-union candidate." Brown, a U.S. senator from Ohio,...

The Latest: Sheriff says police have found parts of plane

Feb. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a cargo jetliner near Houston (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne tells the Houston Chronicle that investigators have recovered parts of the cargo plane that crashed just east of Houston. "There's everything from cardboard boxes to...

Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout...

Okinawa votes in referendum on US military base relocation

Feb. 23, 2019 9:41 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The people of Okinawa are voting Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands. The referendum is technically not binding...

Sheriff: No likely survivors in jetliner crash near Houston

Feb. 23, 2019 8:57 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff. Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "went in nose first," leaving a debris field three-quarters...

Small plane crashes at airport; instructor and student die

Feb. 23, 2019 8:30 PM EST

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an instructor pilot and his student died when the small plane they were in crashed at a Massachusetts airport. Mansfield police say 31-year-old Sydney Miti, of Waltham, and 18-year-old Julian Lattermann, of Dover, were killed on impact. Authorities didn't say who was...

Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

Feb. 23, 2019 8:29 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn't so much "fire and fury" and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get...

Virginia lawmakers back redistricting commission

Feb. 23, 2019 8:24 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Saturday of how legislative and congressional maps are drawn, despite strong objections from some black legislators. The House and Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a new commission empowered to draw...

USDA hunters kill dozens of deer in Long Island state parks

Feb. 23, 2019 7:53 PM EST

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its hunters have killed nearly four dozen deer at state parks on Long Island because large herds are damaging the landscape. A department spokeswoman tells Newsday that the hunt took place Thursday at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon and four...