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Trump signs student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans

Aug. 21, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal student loan debt owed by tens of thousands of disabled military veterans will be erased under a directive President Donald Trump signed Wednesday. Trump ordered the Education Department to "eliminate every penny of federal student loan...

Ex-pitcher says he's interested in running for House seat

Aug. 21, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat. Schilling announced last week that he's thinking about a bid for a U.S. House seat, and he has reached out to the Arizona Republican Party, the...

Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Aug. 21, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The...

More Spokane political leaders call for Shea resignation

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The mayor and police chief of Spokane, Washington, are the latest to demand that a conservative state legislator resign from office after leaked emails revealed he sought to conduct surveillance on local progressive leaders. Mayor David Condon and Police Chief Craig Meidl on Tuesday...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

Aug. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the...

Italy's Democrats seek to ward off early vote and Salvini

Aug. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lawmakers in Italy's largest opposition party, the center-left Democrats, huddled Wednesday to see if they could gather enough support in parliament for a durable government and avoid an early election that could bring Matteo Salvini's euroskeptic, nationalist League party to power. Their...

Putin says opposition protesters must abide by law

Aug. 21, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned opposition protesters that they must abide by the law or face the consequences. Speaking after Wednesday's talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said "it's important that both protesters and law enforcement agencies observe Russian...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 21, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Aug. 21, on Malheur County counsel calling for investigation into reporters' actions: Usually, when public officials don't want to answer a reporter's questions, they respond with "no comment." In Malheur County, however, they're trying...

Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency

Aug. 21, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president sent a bill to parliament Wednesday that would cut four zeroes from the value of the Islamic Republic's sanctions-battered currency, the rial, as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. By sending the bill to lawmakers, President Hassan Rouhani's government...