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Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani’s election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support to fight IS, following … Continue reading Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

WASHINGTON | Trump offers budget with funds for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said. For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump offers budget with funds for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON | Trump budget will seek funds for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to start up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week. That’s according to an administration official who was unauthorized to discuss the document ahead of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump budget will seek funds for border wall, Space Force

WASHINGTON | Republicans release transcript, push back on Trump probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Friday released the transcript of an interview with a Justice Department official linked to the early days of the Russia investigation, renewing their efforts to raise questions about the origins of the special counsel’s probe and pushing back on the sweeping new investigations Democrats have launched into President Donald … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Republicans release transcript, push back on Trump probes

WASHINGTON | Bill Shine resigns from White House communications post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who took over as President Donald Trump’s communications director last summer, exited the White House on Friday, the latest person to step away from a job that has become a revolving door within the turbulent West Wing. Shine will join the president’s Republican re-election campaign, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Bill Shine resigns from White House communications post

The Latest: Trump says he feels ‘very badly’ for Manafort

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Paul Manafort‘s sentencing for tax and bank fraud (all times local): 10:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says he feels “very badly” for Paul Manafort. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related … Continue reading The Latest: Trump says he feels ‘very badly’ for Manafort

The Latest: Trump ‘disappointed’ by NK missile activity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on reports of recent activity at missile and rocket sites in North Korea (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump says he’s a “little disappointed” by reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site. Trump says time will tell if U.S. diplomacy … Continue reading The Latest: Trump ‘disappointed’ by NK missile activity

UNITED NATIONS | UN: 11 million North Koreans need food and kids are stunted

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 11 million people in North Korea — over 43 percent of the population — are undernourished and “chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread,” according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. The report by Tapan Mishra, the head of the U.N. office in North Korea, said that “widespread undernutrition … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN: 11 million North Koreans need food and kids are stunted

WASHINGTON | Trump meets with Illinois congressman who deployed to border

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Wednesday with an Illinois congressman who was deployed last month to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit. Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says his first-hand experience led him to conclude that the situation at the border represents a legitimate national emergency. “I went down to the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump meets with Illinois congressman who deployed to border

SEOUL, South Korea | Reports: NKorea rebuilding structures at rocket site

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is reportedly restoring facilities at its long-range rocket launch site that it had dismantled as part of disarmament steps last year. The development came after a high-stakes nuclear summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump ended without any agreement. South Korea’s JoongAng … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Reports: NKorea rebuilding structures at rocket site

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Congress seeks info on private Trump-Putin chats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a House panel’s expanding investigations of President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Three House committees are asking the White House and the State Department for any information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Congress seeks info on private Trump-Putin chats

WASHINGTON | Proposed order on campus speech follows wave of complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed executive order to protect free speech on college campuses follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives that the nation’s universities are attempting to silence their voices when they’re heckled, disinvited or their presence on campus is otherwise discouraged. Critics counter that conservatives are turning the shared goal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Proposed order on campus speech follows wave of complaints

Trump associate denies ex-Mariah Carey rep’s hacking claims

NEW YORK(AP)— A lawsuit accused a Russia-born businessman and convicted felon with ties to President Donald Trump of hacking into a Hollywood friend’s electronics and accessing confidential information about her celebrity contacts and Hollywood projects. Felix Sater denied those allegations Monday, telling The Associated Press they had absolutely no truth to them. Stella Bulochnikov Stolper, … Continue reading Trump associate denies ex-Mariah Carey rep’s hacking claims

23 dead, dozens missing in tornado-blasted Alabama community

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescue crews using dogs and drones searched for victims amid splintered lumber and twisted metal Monday after the deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years ripped through a rural Alabama community. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children. Dozens were missing in Lee County nearly a day after … Continue reading 23 dead, dozens missing in tornado-blasted Alabama community

The Latest: Trump tweets to Alabama: ‘Be careful and safe’

The Latest on Deep South storms (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has tweeted to Alabama residents to be safe in the wake of deadly storms, including an apparent tornado that has claimed several lives in that Southern state. Trump wrote in the tweet Sunday evening: “To the great people of Alabama and … Continue reading The Latest: Trump tweets to Alabama: ‘Be careful and safe’

WASHINGTON | House to query 60 Trump officials in obstruction probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring it’s “very clear” President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House committee that would be in charge of impeachment says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House to query 60 Trump officials in obstruction probe

WASHINGTON | Senate seems to have votes to reject Trump’s wall move

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border appear to have enough Senate votes to reject his move, now that Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he can’t go along with the White House. The House has voted to derail the action, and if the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate seems to have votes to reject Trump’s wall move

WASHINGTON | Klobuchar and Kennedy kid Washington elite at Gridiron

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent his regrets for missing the annual Gridiron dinner and asked daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump to counter jokes about the administration with a few of her own. The event now in its 134th year calls for good-natured roasting through songs, skits and speeches as a break from the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Klobuchar and Kennedy kid Washington elite at Gridiron

AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists Cohen’s words on collusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Assailed by his ex-lawyer at every turn, President Donald Trump nevertheless claimed a measure of vindication from Michael Cohen’s statement that he possessed no direct evidence of collusion with Russia from his time serving the boss. But contrary to Trump’s words, Cohen did not exonerate him on the matter in his testimony … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists Cohen’s words on collusion

HANOI, Vietnam | North Korea’s Kim leaves Hanoi after summit breakdown

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent his last day in Hanoi on Saturday, laying large red-and-yellow wreaths at a war memorial and at the mausoleum of national hero Ho Chi Minh as he continued an official state visit meant to cement his image as a confident world leader after his … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | North Korea’s Kim leaves Hanoi after summit breakdown

HANOI, Vietnam | Kim Jong Un set to leave Hanoi after summit breakdown

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is spending his last day in Hanoi, where he laid a wreath at a war memorial and is set to visit the mausoleum of national hero Ho Chi Minh. Two days after his failed summit with President Donald Trump, he’s set to be driven Saturday … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Kim Jong Un set to leave Hanoi after summit breakdown

Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. The 68-year-old governor is launching his bid Friday in Seattle, following recent visits to the first primary state of New Hampshire … Continue reading Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field

HONOLULU | Staunchly liberal Hawaii in no rush to legalize marijuana

HONOLULU (AP) — On the political spectrum, Hawaii is among the bluest of states. Democrats control all the levers of power at the state and federal levels, and voters back Democratic presidential candidates over Republicans by some of the widest margins in the nation. The state has committed to the Paris climate agreement that President … Continue reading HONOLULU | Staunchly liberal Hawaii in no rush to legalize marijuana

WASHINGTON | Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — After three days of grilling Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Democrats are quickly using his words as a roadmap to open new lines of investigation into the president’s ties to Russia and summon additional witnesses. Cohen completed a third day of testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday, one day after publicly … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

SINGAPORE | Asian markets rise on China-US trade prospects

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday after a report suggested that the leaders of China and the U.S. could be endorsing a trade deal in weeks. According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials are preparing a final trade deal ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian markets rise on China-US trade prospects

LAS VEGAS | Casino mogul, GOP donor Adelson getting treatment for cancer

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino magnate and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson has cancer and has not been at his company’s offices in Las Vegas since around Christmas Day. Adelson’s poor health was revealed earlier this week by one of his company’s attorneys during a court hearing in a years-old case brought by a Hong Kong … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Casino mogul, GOP donor Adelson getting treatment for cancer

LAS VEGAS | Lawyer: Casino mogul, GOP donor Adelson in dire health

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino magnate and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson is not in good health and has not being at his company’s offices in Las Vegas since around Christmas Day. Adelson’s poor health was revealed earlier this week by one of his company’s attorneys during a court hearing in a years-old case brought by … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Lawyer: Casino mogul, GOP donor Adelson in dire health

US stocks slip following weak economic growth report

U.S. stock indexes headed slightly lower in late-afternoon trading Thursday after the government reported that economic growth slowed down at the end of last year. Energy, consumer products and materials companies weighed most on the market, offsetting gains in consumer goods and real estate stocks. The market is still heading for its best start of … Continue reading US stocks slip following weak economic growth report

HANOI, Vietnam | The Latest: NKorea says US wasted chance for nuclear deal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 3:25 a.m. Friday North Korea says the United States has squandered an opportunity for a nuclear deal and may not get another chance. President Donald Trump says his summit with North Korean … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | The Latest: NKorea says US wasted chance for nuclear deal

South Korea says failure to reach nuclear deal ‘unfortunate’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea described the breakdown of nuclear talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday as unfortunate, but expressed hope that the two countries can continue an active dialogue. The collapse of the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam is a setback for South Korean President … Continue reading South Korea says failure to reach nuclear deal ‘unfortunate’