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WASHINGTON | US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

WASHINGTON  — Jan 11, 2019—The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement fueled concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid contradictory statements recently by administration … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

NEW YORK | New year, higher pay: 2019 changes affecting small business

NEW YORK  — Many small businesses will see their labor costs increase in 2019. Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the … Continue reading NEW YORK | New year, higher pay: 2019 changes affecting small business

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho | Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the U.S. Energy Department‘s Idaho … Continue reading IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho | Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday restored federal recognition to an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax supervision. Her decision says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools was found to be “substantially in compliance” in 19 of 21 areas … Continue reading DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

DENVER | Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

DENVER — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration’s plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama … Continue reading DENVER | Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON  — The mothers of two men killed by a toxic paint stripper have taken a first step toward suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take quick action to remove the product from the market. EPA pledged in May to act quickly on a final rule on methylene chloride after then-Administrator Scott Pruitt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON | Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

WASHINGTON — The package bombs sent to Democrats across the county and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges. The reason: There’s no domestic terrorism law. Whether there should be one is a matter of debate. On … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. | Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honor during Obama years

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome — but she admits she wanted to get it earlier. The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, whose ABBA-tribute album “Dancing Queen” was just released, acknowledged she’d long hoped for that call. She said she “wanted to get it … Continue reading WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. | Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honor during Obama years

NEW YORK | ‘Pod Save America’ political podcast is coming to HBO

NEW YORK— The popular political podcast “Pod Save America” is coming to HBO for a series of four specials. “Pod Save America” will be hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, who worked for the Obama administration. They will provide insight and commentary on the political news of the week. The … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘Pod Save America’ political podcast is coming to HBO

KIEV, Ukraine | Envoy: US willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east. U.S. President Donald Trump this year reversed the Obama administration‘s refusal to provide lethal aid to Ukraine and has sent more than … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Envoy: US willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s blustery myths on hurricanes, income

WASHINGTON — In a stormy week, President Donald Trump blustered and distorted reality, denying massive deaths from a hurricane that scientists believe to be one of the nation’s deadliest and blowing out of proportion U.S. economic growth and his role in spurring it. He’s insisting the federal response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s blustery myths on hurricanes, income

LOS ANGELES | Democrat blisters indicted California Rep. Hunter in TV ad

LOS ANGELES — Just days after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury, his Democratic opponent is trying to make him pay a political price. Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign said it will begin airing a 30-second TV ad Thursday that calls the congressman an embarrassment to the Southern California district. It … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Democrat blisters indicted California Rep. Hunter in TV ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Trump complains to Ohio GOP that Dems are ‘negative, nasty’

COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Donald Trump sought to unite Ohio’s fractious state Republican Party on Friday, bitterly complaining about “negative, nasty” Democrats and warning that the Democratic contender for governor would “destroy your state.” Trump praised the slate of Republican candidates during a fundraising dinner in the nation’s premier battleground state but noticeably avoided mentioning … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Trump complains to Ohio GOP that Dems are ‘negative, nasty’

WASHINGTON | For-profit colleges have allies now, but complaints persist

WASHINGTON— A lawsuit against Ashford University describes an admissions office with a cutthroat sales culture more akin to a used-car lot than a place of higher learning, peddling “false promises and faulty information” to lure students eligible for federal financial aid. Sound familiar? The allegations in the lawsuit filed by California’s attorney general are strikingly … Continue reading WASHINGTON | For-profit colleges have allies now, but complaints persist

WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on greenhouse gas emission from coal-fired power plants (all times local): 9:30 a.m. The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule

JERUSALEM | Bolton tells Netanyahu that Iran nuclear deal was ‘wretched’

JERUSALEM— President Donald Trump’s national security adviser is bemoaning the “wretched” Iranian nuclear deal in his talks with Israel’s prime minister. John Bolton told Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States sees the “highest importance” in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and that’s why Trump withdrew from the deal negotiated by the Obama … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Bolton tells Netanyahu that Iran nuclear deal was ‘wretched’

DENVER | Governors say ban on land deals could hurt beleaguered bird

DENVER — Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important technique for saving … Continue reading DENVER | Governors say ban on land deals could hurt beleaguered bird

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s economic fiction: ‘record’ GDP, jobs

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don’t exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment. He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the U.S. that’s not there and predicts a spectacular 5 percent annual growth rate in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s economic fiction: ‘record’ GDP, jobs

WASHINGTON | Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

WASHINGTON— Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe emissions. If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

WASHINGTON | Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration has proposed rolling back tougher Obama-era gas mileage requirements that are set to take effect after 2020. The administration also filed notice Thursday that it wants to revoke the authority of California and other states to set their own, stricter mileage standards — independent of federal ones. The proposal would … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

WASHINGTON The Latest: Short-term health plans cheaper but cover less

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Trump administration’s short-term health insurance plans (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Trump administration’s new regulation expanding short-term health insurance plans contains what amounts to a legal life preserver in case a key feature is struck down by a court. Up to now, short-term health insurance has been a niche … Continue reading WASHINGTON The Latest: Short-term health plans cheaper but cover less

WASHINGTON | EPA reverses order allowing polluting diesel truck engines

WASHINGTON  — Environmental Protection Agency acting chief Andrew Wheeler has withdrawn a break that the agency gave makers of higher-pollution diesel trucks on Scott Pruitt’s last day as agency administrator. The EPA released a Wheeler directive Thursday night reversing one that Pruitt issued on July 6. Pruitt left office that day in the face of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA reverses order allowing polluting diesel truck engines

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on energy, court case, more

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gloated about a court case that didn’t offer him the vindication he implied in his triumphant tweet. That capped a week of distortions, half-truths and swerves in his declarations on the economy, North Korea and other issues of the time. A week in review: TRUMP: “Just won lawsuit filed by … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump off base on energy, court case, more

APNewsBreak: Verizon to end location data sales to brokers

Verizon is pledging to stop sales through intermediaries of data that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press has learned. It is the first major U.S. wireless carrier to step back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy. The data has allowed outsiders to track wireless … Continue reading APNewsBreak: Verizon to end location data sales to brokers

WASHINGTON | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON | As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted: … Continue reading WASHINGTON | As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

WASHINGTON | Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’ll demand that the Justice Department review whether it or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration. Trump tweeted Sunday: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

BEIJING | EU rep says Iran deal will not ‘fall apart’ without the US

BEIJING (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal will not “fall apart” despite the United States withdrawing from the landmark accord, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday. The EU believes “that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community,” ambassador Hans Dietmar Schweisgut said during a press briefing in Beijing. “This is … Continue reading BEIJING | EU rep says Iran deal will not ‘fall apart’ without the US

WASHINGTON | Ex-Justice official Yates heads to law firm where she worked

WASHINGTON — Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has a new job at her old law firm. Atlanta-based King & Spalding on Tuesday announced that Yates is returning to the firm where she began her legal career more than 30 years ago. Yates was the Justice Department’s No. 2 official at the end of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ex-Justice official Yates heads to law firm where she worked