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Can't quit Washington? Gowdy returns as Trump defender

Oct. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trey Gowdy swore he'd had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he'd seen, the Republican congressman from South Carolina retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he's coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who...

GOP taking impeachment fight from Washington to the states

Oct. 10, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — While President Donald Trump plays defense on impeachment in Washington, Republicans are taking the fight to Democrats in the states. Dozens of shouting and flag-waving Trump supporters gathered Tuesday at the Casa Grande field office of Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran, who has...

In Italy, Pompeo can't escape Washington impeachment furor

Oct. 2, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was supposed to be a day of routine diplomacy, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo couldn't escape the furor back in Washington surrounding the House impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Just before Pompeo visited the Colosseum, he held a news conference on Wednesday with his...

Washington to issue flavored vape ban, joining other states

Sep. 27, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board...

Business events scheduled for the coming month

Sep. 27, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

Business events and economic reports scheduled for the coming month: All times are Eastern. TUESDAY, Oct. 1 WASHINGTON — Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for September, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for August, 10 a.m. DETROIT —...

Washington plunges into Trump impeachment investigation

Sep. 26, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the leader of Ukraine to "look into" Joe Biden, Trump's potential 2020 reelection rival, as well as the president's lingering grievances from the 2016 election, according to a rough transcript of a summer phone call that is now at the center of Democrats'...

Things to know about Washington's whirlwind over impeachment

Sep. 26, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whirlwind is unfolding in Washington, with talk of impeachment by Congress, the extraordinary release of President Donald Trump's foreign communications and progress toward disclosing a whistleblower complaint that set the whole thing off. A look at what just happened: WHAT'S THIS ALL...

Judge plans to dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

Sep. 24, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge who previously ruled that Washington state could pursue its claim that immigration detainees must be paid minimum wage for work at a privately run, for-profit immigration jail said Tuesday he intends to reverse himself at the urging of the Trump administration. U.S. District...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

Sep. 9, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, announced an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior." The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook's market dominance. The two probes...