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Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Trump economic adviser plays down fears of looming recession

Aug. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019. Larry Kudlow said in Sunday television interviews that...

Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. "Sometimes I do think about the school shootings," said...

Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Aug. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Aug. 17, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders,...

Native American voters, once overlooked, seek role for 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates will descend on Iowa next week to do something that Native Americans say doesn't happen enough: court their vote. At least seven White House hopefuls have said they'll attend a forum in Sioux City on Monday and Tuesday named for longtime Native American...

Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wing

Aug. 18, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump's attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons...

AP Interview: Pelosi assails 'weakness' of Trump, Netanyahu

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the "weakness" of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country. Pelosi told The Associated...

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Trump economic adviser plays down fears of looming recession

Aug. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019. Larry Kudlow said in Sunday television interviews that...

Hundreds of thousands turn out for peaceful HK protest

Aug. 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7 million...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. "Sometimes I do think about the school shootings," said...

Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wing

Aug. 18, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump's attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Small plane crashes into house near Poughkeepsie, killing 2

Aug. 18, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

UNION VALE, N.Y. (AP) — A plane crashed into a New York home Saturday, killing one resident and one person on the aircraft and causing a massive fire, state police said. The National Transportation Safety Board is to determine why the Cessna 303 plunged at about 4:30 p.m. in the rural town of Union Vale,...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

New Orleans: Pilot told tower of problems before plane crash

Aug. 17, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pilot of a small plane in a deadly crash near New Orleans' Lakefront Airport radioed the control tower shortly after takeoff about unspecified problems and sought clearance to return, federal investigators said Saturday. The pilot and an award-winning television journalist aboard...

Gun control advocates call for new gun laws at rallies

Aug. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that...