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  • Supreme Court won't take Maryland bump stock ban case

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is declining to take up a challenge to Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster. The high court on Monday turned away a challenge to the ban, which took ...

  • US general: Afghan forces could face 'bad possible outcomes'

    1 month, 18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and, in a worst-case scenario, some "bad possible outcomes" against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks, the top U.S. military officer said ...

  • GOP lawmakers urge Biden to meet with them on virus relief

    4 months, 19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Sunday proposed spending about one-third of what President Joe Biden is seeking in coronavirus aid and urged him to negotiate rather than try to ram through his $1.9 trillion package solely on Democratic votes. ...

  • Biden, Democrats hit gas on push for $15 minimum wage

    4 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Democratic push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour has emerged as an early flashpoint in the fight for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, testing President Joe Biden's ability to bridge Washington's partisan ...

  • U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Nevada church's COVID-19 case

    4 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) RENO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a rural Nevada church’s request to enter a legal battle over the government’s authority to limit the size of religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic — after the church won an ...

  • Agreement likely Sunday on nearly $1 trillion virus aid bill

    6 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Top Washington negotiators, propelled by a late-night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package, said a Sunday agreement is all but inevitable to deliver long-overdue pandemic aid of almost $1 trillion. "I am ...

  • Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack

    6 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the grave cyberattack against the United States and tried to minimized its ...

  • Not terribly surprising: There's no winner in the presidential race

    7 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — America woke up Wednesday morning without a winner of the presidential election. That's OK. Critical battleground states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania remained without declared winners, leaving both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden short of the ...

  • Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday

    7 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans ...

  • The Needle goes away as probability experts assess 2020 race

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — The one thing most likely to conjure nightmares of the 2016 election night for opponents of President Donald Trump is the Needle. A graphic on The New York Times' website, the Needle measured in real time the ...

  • Trump votes in Fla. before rallies; Biden focuses on Pa.

    7 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said he voted Saturday "for a guy named Trump" and called it an "honor" to cast his own ballot in his adopted home state of Florida before he jetted off to campaign ...

  • House Dems summon postal leaders to hearing on mail delays

    10 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The Democratic-run House on Sunday demanded that leaders of the U.S. Postal Service testify at an emergency oversight hearing Aug. 24 on mail delays as concerns grow that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the ...

  • Marge Simpson uses her voice to call out Trump adviser

    10 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Marge Simpson has advice for a lawyer with the Trump campaign: Do not name call. In a clip posted Friday by Fox's animated series "The Simpsons," matriarch Marge chided the attorney over a tweet comparing her voice ...

  • Church blasts Nevada's 'litigation tactic' at Supreme Court

    11 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) RENO — A rural church trying to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend Nevada’s 50-person cap on worship services is accusing Gov. Steve Sisolak of adding the church’s county to a list of those with elevated cases of COVID-19 ...

  • Trump denies briefing about bounties; Congress wants more information

    11 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has denied he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials' conclusion that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration was set to brief select members of ...

  • Beyond 'love,' Trump has little to show from N Korea talks

    11 months, 25 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Hours after an astonishing summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump boldly declared a breakthrough. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," he tweeted. Yet two years later, despite two more ...

  • Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

    11 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) LONDON — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team was working with music rights organization ...

  • Nevada lawmakers celebrate court ruling protecting LGBT people from job discrimination

    1 year ago

    (AP) Nevada lawmakers and LGBT activists celebrated Monday's historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that protects LGBT people from employment discrimination. The 6-3 decision means federal laws on sex discrimination also apply to LGBT workers. “As we celebrate Pride Month, it is ...

  • White House predicts Pelosi to ‘yield' on impeachment delay

    1 year, 6 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The White House argued Sunday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put herself in an untenable position by stalling House-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in hopes of shaping the upcoming Senate trial. The House voted Wednesday ...

  • Impeachment testimony comes from White House budget official

    1 year, 7 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators met in private Saturday with a White House budget official as the historic inquiry produces new testimony offering direct insight of President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. After a week of dramatic public hearings, investigators ...

  • Pompeo acknowledges he was on Trump call at center of probe

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Wednesday that he was on the July phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine president that's at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. But Pompeo continued to push ...

  • Former official: Trump's past phone-call memos also concealed

    1 year, 8 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman, after embarrassing leaks of his conversations early in his tenure, a former ...

  • At DMZ, step into history for Trump as he offers hand to Kim

    1 year, 11 months ago

    (AP) PANMUNJOM, Korea — With wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone on Sunday and agreed to revive talkson the pariah nation's nuclear program. Trump, pressing ...

  • Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military

    2 years ago

    (AP) SEOUL, South Korea — The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain hidden from view ...

  • Supreme Court says 1 state can't be sued in another's courts

    2 years, 1 month ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decided Monday that one state cannot unwillingly be sued in the courts of another, overruling a 40-year precedent and perhaps, foreshadowing an argument over the viability of other high court decisions. The outcome left one ...

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