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US beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran

May. 24, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials...

Trump cites Iran to bypass Congress on Saudi arms sales

May. 24, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole in the...

Trump asks Citizenship and Immigration Services head to quit

May. 24, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resign, leaving yet another vacancy within the Department of Homeland Security. Lee Francis Cissna told staff on Friday that his last day would be June 1, according to a copy of the email obtained by The...

Inslee says he's hit donor threshold for presidential debate

May. 24, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's hit a fundraising threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates slated to begin next month. Inslee said while appearing at a climate rally in Las Vegas that he learned Friday morning he'd received donations from at least 65,000 people,...

GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Japan's charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump

May. 24, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes him on a state visit tailor-made to his whims and ego. Offering high honors, golf and the chance to present...

Administration moves to revoke transgender health protection

May. 24, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Friday to revoke newly won health care discrimination protections for transgender people, the latest in a series of actions that aim to reverse gains by LGBTQ Americans in areas ranging from the military to housing and education. The Health and Human...

Critics worry AG will reveal Russia probe info to help Trump

May. 24, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence professionals warned Friday that President Donald Trump's decision to give his loyal attorney general carte blanche to disclose still-secret material from the Russia investigation will let William Barr cherry-pick intelligence to paint a misleading picture about what started...

Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes

May. 24, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has been considering pardons for several American military members accused of war crimes, including headline-grabbing cases of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive. Trump, leaving the White House for a trip to Japan, said he...

New US charges against Assange may slow extradition from UK

May. 24, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new indictment against Julian Assange could further delay what was already expected to be a protracted battle to get the WikiLeaks founder out of a London jail cell and into a U.S. court, opening the door for his legal team to argue that the Espionage Act charges are political and thus...

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Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

May. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said. According to Kabul police chief's spokesman, Basir Mujahid, the bomb was concealed in the microphone used to...

The Latest: Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

May. 24, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. judge blocking President Donald Trump from building sections of a border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his...

The Latest: Lawmakers reject naming mountain after veteran

May. 24, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Arizona lawmakers decided not to name a mountain peak west of Phoenix in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL. The House voted 45-15 to reject a bill to name the tallest peak in Estrella Mountain Regional Park after Charles...

Trump asks Citizenship and Immigration Services head to quit

May. 24, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resign, leaving yet another vacancy within the Department of Homeland Security. Lee Francis Cissna told staff on Friday that his last day would be June 1, according to a copy of the email obtained by The...

Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9

May. 24, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend. John Reinhardt, 20,...

Japan's charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump

May. 24, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes him on a state visit tailor-made to his whims and ego. Offering high honors, golf and the chance to present...

The Latest: Arkansas governor declares state of emergency

May. 24, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency as the flood-swollen Arkansas River was scheduled to reach record levels next week. Hutchinson issued the executive order Friday after...

The Latest: Trump meets troops in Alaska en route to Japan

May. 24, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has greeted U.S. troops in Alaska while on his way to a state visit in Japan. Trump shook hands and signed caps for the service members on the tarmac at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson...

Mayor, US Senate hopeful cited for leaving accident scene

May. 24, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has been ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident after a driver reported a hit-and-run near downtown Helena earlier this week, police said Friday. Collins acknowledged that he "bumped" another vehicle Monday...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

May. 24, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and...