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Britain joins US in blaming Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Sep. 23, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the Iranian foreign minister pointed to claims of responsibility by Yemeni rebels and said: "If Iran were behind this attack, nothing would have been left of this...

Pressure grows for Trump transcript; he says will clear him

Sep. 23, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Monday pressed their demands for full disclosure of a whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump and intensified calls for impeachment. Trump insisted anew he did nothing wrong in his conversation with Ukraine's leader that is at the center of the...

The Latest: Dems threaten to subpoena Pompeo on Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and a whistleblower's complaint (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he personally pressured the Trump administration to release U.S. aid to Ukraine this summer, a time when the funding is now under scrutiny with a...

Analysis: Trump's tactics leave Dems looking for answers

Sep. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, Donald Trump blew through the guardrails of American politics. In his bid for reelection, he's poised to blow them up. This time around, he's aided by the power of the presidency, with its unmatched megaphone and resources. And his latest provocation — prodding a foreign...

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

Sep. 23, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The...

California, China to team up on climate research institute

Sep. 23, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. Brown and Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate...

Democrats increase qualifying thresholds for November debate

Sep. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate in November. But in a nod to the potential for late-surging campaigns, the increases are not as steep as those from the first and second debates...

Biden, Warren face same challenge in Iowa: keeping momentum

Sep. 23, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fire truck, a marching band and hundreds of supporters ushered Joe Biden into this weekend's Iowa Steak Fry, a show of force intended to solidify the former vice president's front-runner status. His closest rival, Elizabeth Warren, slipped in with little fanfare, delivered her...

The story behind Biden's son, Ukraine and Trump's claims

Sep. 23, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised eyebrows when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas...

'Tom, this is the sheriff.' Joe Arpaio, 87, runs for old job

Sep. 23, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — In a memorabilia-packed office that could serve as a museum to his career, Joe Arpaio plots about how he might, at the age of 87, get back his old job as the sheriff of metro Phoenix. The man who became a national lightning rod for immigration, loved by some and loathed by...

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The Latest: Trump to talk about Iran in UN speech Tuesday

Sep. 23, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's U.N. visit (all times local): 4:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says Iran is one of the topics he will raise Tuesday during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly. The U.S. is formulating its response to a drone and missile attack...

The Latest: Dems threaten to subpoena Pompeo on Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and a whistleblower's complaint (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he personally pressured the Trump administration to release U.S. aid to Ukraine this summer, a time when the funding is now under scrutiny with a...

Pressure grows for Trump transcript; he says will clear him

Sep. 23, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Monday pressed their demands for full disclosure of a whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump and intensified calls for impeachment. Trump insisted anew he did nothing wrong in his conversation with Ukraine's leader that is at the center of the...

Stolen game camera sends pix that identify holder

Sep. 23, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WOODWORTH, La. (AP) — Louisiana wildlife agents say a stolen cellular game camera kept sending pictures, letting them identify the man who had it. He and the man he said he'd bought it from were arrested. A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries statement Monday said 55-year-old Kurt Wiggins is accused of...

Duffy serves final day in House; Evers sets January election

Sep. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic governor announced Monday that the special election to fill Republican Sean Duffy's congressional seat will be held in January, a move that avoids potentially boosting GOP turnout in a state Supreme Court election next spring. Duffy's House district, in mostly...

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

Sep. 23, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The...

US soldier arrested on charge of sharing bomb instructions

Sep. 23, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they charged a U.S. Army soldier with sharing bomb-making instructions online, and said he also discussed the possible bombing of a media organization and killing left-leaning activists. Jarrett William Smith, a 24-year-old private first class infantry...

Analysis: Trump's tactics leave Dems looking for answers

Sep. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2016, Donald Trump blew through the guardrails of American politics. In his bid for reelection, he's poised to blow them up. This time around, he's aided by the power of the presidency, with its unmatched megaphone and resources. And his latest provocation — prodding a foreign...

Nissan paying $15M, Ghosn $1M to settle US fraud charges

Sep. 23, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nissan will pay $15 million and former chairman Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle allegations by U.S. regulators that they hid more than $140 million of Ghosn's retirement benefits from investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday the settlement of civil...

Judge hears arguments in challenge to Georgia abortion law

Sep. 23, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Opponents of Georgia's restrictive new abortion law told a judge on Monday that it violates Supreme Court precedent and should be blocked, while the state argued the law should be allowed to take effect as planned. The law signed in May by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp bans abortions once a...