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Analysis: Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea?

May. 24, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After inflating a bubble of expectation for a historic summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump popped it. His withdrawal from a hastily arranged summit with Kim Jong Un drew strong criticism and some praise in Washington. Trump opponents said he botched a delicate, diplomatic...

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

May. 24, 2018 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's...

Trump cancels summit with Kim; North Korea still wants talks

May. 24, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called "regrettable" while still holding out hope for "peace and stability." In a letter to Kim...

Q&A: Would Trump's proposed tariffs on imported autos work?

May. 24, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Do Subaru Foresters, BMW 3-series sedans and Toyota Priuses pose a threat to U.S. national security? President Donald Trump suspects they might. He's ordered the Commerce Department to investigate whether the peril is dire enough to justify tariffs or quotas on imports of foreign-made...

Stormy Daniels' lawyer renews efforts to depose Trump

May. 24, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stormy Daniels' lawyer has renewed efforts to depose President Donald Trump in the porn actress' legal fight to invalidate a confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, according to court documents filed Thursday. Attorney Michael Avenatti argues that...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL in Afghan assault

May. 24, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday inducted a new member into "the world's most exclusive club of heroes" by awarding a Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002. Trump presented the nation's most prestigious honor...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump puts words in Clapper's mouth

May. 24, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is twisting the words of his predecessor's national intelligence director as part of his stepped-up effort to trash the credibility of the special counsel's Russia investigation. In a tweet Thursday, during a stormy week on Twitter by the president, Trump said James...

'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

May. 24, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong...

Senate approves sexual harassment bill for Congress

May. 24, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The bill eliminates mandatory waiting periods for handling claims and requires lawmakers to repay the Treasury for harassment settlements. Sen. Amy...

Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

May. 24, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project. President Barack Obama rejected the 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) line proposed by...

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N. Korea keeps hopes of talks alive after Trump cancellation

May. 24, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format," a remarkably restrained and diplomatic response, from a nation noted for its proud belligerence, to President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a summit with...

The Latest: Singapore regrets cancellation of US-NK summit

May. 24, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Singapore says it regrets the cancellation of the summit that was to be held there next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump on...

The Latest: House lawyer chastises attorney for Greitens

May. 24, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 8:40 p.m. An attorney for a Missouri House investigatory panel says a lawyer for Gov. Eric Greitens has impugned the integrity of the House in an attempt to divert attention from an investigation...

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

May. 24, 2018 9:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's...

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

May. 24, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday during a legislative hearing. The hearing by a special House...

The Latest: 3 lava flows now reaching ocean off Hawaii

May. 24, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Three lava flows from an erupting volcano are now flowing into the ocean off Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii County officials say the third flow started pouring into the sea Thursday. Lava is...

Trump cancels summit with Kim; North Korea still wants talks

May. 24, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called "regrettable" while still holding out hope for "peace and stability." In a letter to Kim...

Full text of the letter from President Trump to Kim Jong Un

May. 24, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the full text of the letter President Donald Trump sent to North Korea's Kim Jong Un: Dear Mr. Chairman: We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was...

Analysis: Has Trump blown chances for talks with NKorea?

May. 24, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After inflating a bubble of expectation for a historic summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump popped it. His withdrawal from a hastily arranged summit with Kim Jong Un drew strong criticism and some praise in Washington. Trump opponents said he botched a delicate, diplomatic...

Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

May. 24, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal...