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Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn't comment as she...

White House: Trump to watch violent parody, 'condemns it'

Oct. 14, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has yet to watch a graphically violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, but based on what he's heard, he "strongly condemns" it. The parody was shown at a meeting of Trump...

Is Ohio in play? GOP tilt working against Democrats

Oct. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn't changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area's coal mining and fracking...

AP Interview: Sanders details plan to 'end corporate greed'

Oct. 14, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to "end corporate greed and corruption" by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation's most profitable firms pay more in federal taxes and government authorities...

High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 14, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could...

US pulls troops in north Syria, threatens Turkey sanctions

Oct. 14, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and threats Monday by President Donald Trump to hit Turkey with "big sanctions." Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that Trump had directed U.S. troops in...

What's next in the impeachment inquiry as Congress returns

Oct. 14, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is returning from a two-week recess on Tuesday, but some lawmakers barely left Washington. Three House committees investigating impeachment worked through the break, issuing multiple subpoenas and holding depositions with State Department officials relevant to the inquiry ....

Trump says he'll look into case after Fox appearance

Oct. 14, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll "be looking into" the case of a U.S. financial adviser charged with killing a hotel worker while on a family vacation in Anguilla after the man's wife appeared on the "Fox & Friends" morning show and urged Trump to intervene. Trump tweeted shortly...

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor

Oct. 14, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved. But the local organ collection agency said no. It gave no reason, no explanation to his family, though the Connecticut man appeared to be a well-qualified...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

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The Latest: Turkey tells UN it's acting in self-defense

Oct. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Turkey is telling the U.N. Security Council that its military offensive into northeast Syria was launched in exercise of its right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter. In a letter to the council circulated...

Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn't comment as she...

Trump calls for Spicer votes on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to influence votes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Trump on Monday tweeted that viewers should vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The president called Spicer a "good guy" and wrote "he has always been there for us!" Spicer tweeted...

Stocks stall in midday trading as caution lingers over trade

Oct. 14, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks stalled in midday trading on Wall Street Monday as investors remain cautious about the prospects of a full trade agreement between the U.S. and China. Technology and health care stocks were posting some solid gains even as the energy sector fell because of a decline in the price of...

Trump says he'll look into case after Fox appearance

Oct. 14, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll "be looking into" the case of a U.S. financial adviser charged with killing a hotel worker while on a family vacation in Anguilla after the man's wife appeared on the "Fox & Friends" morning show and urged Trump to intervene. Trump tweeted shortly...

US pulls troops in north Syria, threatens Turkey sanctions

Oct. 14, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and threats Monday by President Donald Trump to hit Turkey with "big sanctions." Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that Trump had directed U.S. troops in...

Syrian army pushes north as US prepares to withdraw troops

Oct. 14, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria on Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region begin to crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. The Syrian military's...

The Latest: Graham to discuss Turkey sanctions with Trump

Oct. 14, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the military withdrawal from northern Syria (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says he'll meet with President Donald Trump on Monday and plans to discuss sanctions against Turkey over its invasion into Syria....

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Oct. 14, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald...

White House: Trump to watch violent parody, 'condemns it'

Oct. 14, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has yet to watch a graphically violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, but based on what he's heard, he "strongly condemns" it. The parody was shown at a meeting of Trump...