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In this photo released on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, missiles are launched in a drill in Iran. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic. (Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Sepahnews via AP)

Trouble at home may change Biden's hand in Iran nuke talks

Jan. 18, 2021 4:58 PM EST

A lot of the characters are the same for President-elect Joe Biden but the scene is far starker as he reassembles a team of veteran negotiators to get back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. President Donald Trump worked to blow up the multinational deal to contain Iran’s nuclear program during his four...

Canada urges Biden not to cancel oil pipeline on first day

Jan. 18, 2021 4:50 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he will seek legal damages if reports are true that Biden plans to scrap the pipeline...

Danish Rozario, left, of Silver Spring, Md., wheels baggage down Pennsylvania Avenue for a guest at the Trump Hotel in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump supporters among those seeking Jan. 20 protest permits

Jan. 15, 2021 6:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump are among a handful of groups that have applied for permits to hold protests during Joe Biden's inauguration. But it appears unlikely their application will be approved as the National Park Service greatly curtails protests as part of a major security...

Members of the National Guard walk past the Dome of the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

Jan. 15, 2021 4:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal watchdogs launched a sweeping review of how the FBI, the Pentagon and other law enforcement agencies responded to the riot at the U.S. Capitol, including whether there were failures in information sharing and other preparations that left the historic symbol of democracy vulnerable...

A long row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Littleton, Colo.  A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

Jan. 14, 2021 3:06 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years. The mileage decrease comes as Americans continue to buy SUVs and trucks, and shift away from more efficient vehicles. The Environmental Protection...

House urges Pence to help oust Trump; impeachment next

Jan. 12, 2021 11:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House rushed ahead Tuesday toward impeaching President Donald Trump for the deadly Capitol attack, taking time only to try to persuade his vice president to push him out first. Trump showed no remorse, blaming impeachment itself for the “tremendous anger” in...

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., talks to reporters just outside the House chamber after a resolution calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office was blocked by Republicans, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is calling for congressional action to rein in President Donald Trump after inciting last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol 'insurrection'

Jan. 11, 2021 8:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poised to impeach, the House sped ahead Monday with plans to oust President Donald Trump from office, warning he is a threat to democracy and pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act even more quickly in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his presidency....

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. The Trump administration has completed action on one of its biggest remaining rollbacks of public health and environmental rules. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has wrapped up what he calls a transparency rule. The change could bar the agency from considering the findings of public-health studies unless the studies' raw data is made public. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

Jan. 5, 2021 7:14 PM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency released one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration on Tuesday, limiting what evidence it will consider about risks of pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public health regulation. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the new rule,...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. The Trump administration has completed action on one of its biggest remaining rollbacks of public health and environmental rules. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has wrapped up what he calls a transparency rule. The change could bar the agency from considering the findings of public-health studies unless the studies' raw data is made public. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

Jan. 5, 2021 12:21 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public-health regulation. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is expected to formally announce...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's presidential legacy, by the numbers

Dec. 23, 2020 9:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Words matter. But numbers tell stories, too. Presidential historians and others will plumb them as they assess President Donald Trump’s legacy, Trump's presidency is reflected in a broad range of numbers representing everything from the U.S. death toll during the coronavirus...