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Julia Louis-Dreyfus feted for career achievement in comedy

Oct. 21, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's being recognized with the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy. She's set to receive the 21st annual Twain prize Sunday night at Washington's Kennedy Center, with testimonials...

Who follows Speaker Ryan? Battle for power looms in GOP

Oct. 21, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Win or lose in the race for the majority, House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election, with the party lacking a clear heir apparent to take the place of House Speaker Paul Ryan. President Donald Trump has signaled he'd be happy with...

Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State

Oct. 21, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says an airstrike on a mosque in Syria last week targeted an insurgent command and control center and killed a dozen fighters. The coalition said in a statement Sunday that while the law of war protects mosques, the use...

Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty

Oct. 21, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton faces two days of high-tension talks in Moscow beginning Monday after President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Trump's announcement that the United States would leave the Intermediate-Range...

US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria

Oct. 21, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East says Turkish and American troops could begin joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, says the soldiers' training is expected to last several...

Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states

Oct. 21, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — For nearly a decade, opposition to former President Barack Obama's health care law has been a winning message for Nebraska Republicans. It's helped them win every statewide office, control the Legislature and hold all the state's congressional seats. So it was something of a surprise...

Is there interference in the 2018 US midterm elections?

Oct. 20, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to "sow division and discord in the U.S. political system," it was the first federal case alleging continued foreign interference in U.S. elections. Earlier Friday, American...

Wisconsin's Walker confronts dire political outlook

Oct. 21, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Standing in front of a beer pasteurizing tank at a Milwaukee manufacturing company, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker watched as former Gov. Tommy Thompson exhorted a friendly Republican crowd to help Walker prevail in his surprisingly precarious race for a third term. "I know the recipe works,"...

Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

Oct. 20, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service — a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" — President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs impact of Saudi arms deal

Oct. 20, 2018 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inflated the projected benefits of an arms deal with the Saudis as he defended his wait-and-see attitude about Saudi complicity in the disappearance of a journalist whose apparent murder has sparked world outrage. On immigration enforcement, the president made the...

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US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria

Oct. 21, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East says Turkish and American troops could begin joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, says the soldiers' training is expected to last several...

Who follows Speaker Ryan? Battle for power looms in GOP

Oct. 21, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Win or lose in the race for the majority, House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election, with the party lacking a clear heir apparent to take the place of House Speaker Paul Ryan. President Donald Trump has signaled he'd be happy with...

The Latest: Saudi FM regrets 'rogue' killing of writer

Oct. 21, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his country's consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a...

Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty

Oct. 21, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton faces two days of high-tension talks in Moscow beginning Monday after President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Trump's announcement that the United States would leave the Intermediate-Range...

Warren, GOP challenger Diehl to face off in second debate

Oct. 21, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The second debate between two candidates running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts — Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren and Republican challenger state Rep. Geoff Diehl — is set to take place in the western part of the state. The two will go head to head in a one-hour debate...

Combat vet James, incumbent Stabenow vie for Senate seat

Oct. 21, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — West Point graduate with two master's degrees. Iraq War helicopter pilot. CEO. The first black Republican ever nominated for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan. John James undoubtedly stands out. His next mission: trying to defeat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who has rarely lost in...

Pioneer for campaign child-care expenses takes on GOP

Oct. 21, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley scored a victory when she became the first female candidate for federal office allowed to use campaign funds to pay for child care. Beating 13-term Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King in a district that went for President Donald Trump in...

Data show northern Sioux Falls children have tough road

Oct. 21, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Children who grow up in Sioux Falls' northern neighborhoods live with crime and poverty, miles away from the nearest high school, and generally face a tougher road in life, according to tax and census data. The data analyzed by the U.S. Census Bureau, a Harvard University economist...

The Latest: Mixed reaction in Congress to Trump treaty move

Oct. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from an arms control agreement with Russia (all times local): 10:45 a.m. There doesn't seem to be a consensus in Congress about whether President Donald Trump is making the right move when he says he will withdraw the United...

Coast Guard pulls body from Lake Erie in Cleveland area

Oct. 21, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has pulled a body from Lake Erie near a fishing area on Cleveland's east side. The Coast Guard says the body was spotted Saturday afternoon at the Intercity Yacht Club and apparently had been in the water for quite a while. A Coast Guard spokesman said...