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State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 16, 2019 9:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Feb. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters...

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Feb. 17, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

Feb. 16, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in...

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

Feb. 16, 2019 7:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location,...

Analysis: Shutdown saga offers lesson in divided government

Feb. 16, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs. That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald...

The Latest: Gillibrand accuses Trump of dividing people

Feb. 16, 2019 6:33 PM EST

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in her second day of campaigning in New Hampshire, issued a rebuke of what she called President Donald Trump's divisive language. The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd of...

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

Feb. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges, prosecutors said Friday. Court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office reveal that Manafort faces possibly the...

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Feb. 16, 2019 6:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement....

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State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 16, 2019 9:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

Feb. 16, 2019 8:16 PM EST

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) — Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. was laid to rest Friday at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military. Marsh, who also served four terms as Virginia's 7th District congressman, died Feb. 4 at Blue Ridge Christian Home in...

State Dept.: Trump choice for U.S. ambassador to U.N., Heather Nauert, withdraws. (Corrects status from previous alert)

Feb. 16, 2019 8:07 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — State Dept.: Trump choice for U.S. ambassador to U.N., Heather Nauert, withdraws. (Corrects status from previous alert)

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

Feb. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. military airlifted tons of humanitarian aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival for the leadership of the South American nation. Three scheduled Air Force C-17...

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

Feb. 16, 2019 7:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location,...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

Feb. 16, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a town hall meeting in...

Alaska governor offers use of troops along US-Mexico border

Feb. 16, 2019 7:06 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is about 3,000 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, but the state's new Republican governor is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol it, the Anchorage Daily News reports . Gov. Mike Dunleavy says in a video message that the soldiers...

Merrill scores 20 to lift Utah St. past Air Force 76-62

Feb. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sam Merrill had 20 points as Utah State beat Air Force 76-62 on Saturday. Neemias Queta had 17 points for Utah State (20-6, 10-3 Mountain West Conference). Diogo Brito added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Abel Porter had 10 points for the visitors. Lavelle Scottie had 25 points...

The Latest: Gillibrand accuses Trump of dividing people

Feb. 16, 2019 6:33 PM EST

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in her second day of campaigning in New Hampshire, issued a rebuke of what she called President Donald Trump's divisive language. The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd of...

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Feb. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters...