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    AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s statements on Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a questionable reading of Iran’s past economic condition Friday when he blamed the Obama administration for lifting sanctions just as Iran’s government was facing “total collapse.” A look at some of his points in remarks Friday that denounced Iran’s behavior but stopped short of fulfilling his campaign promise […]
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    Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas […]
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    Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS suspended a $7.25 million contract with the credit reporting company Equifax Friday after members of Congress complained the tax agency had awarded a no-bid contract to a company that recently had a massive data beach. The IRS had contracted with Equifax to validate the identity of taxpayers communicating with the […]
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    The Latest: Trump says people using ‘Merry Christmas’ again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s speech to the Values Voters (all times local): 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump reviewed his accomplishments this year in a speech to social conservatives. Trump told the annual Values Voter summit in Washington he’s followed through on promise after promise since taking office. Trump mentioned his […]
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    Trump to promote tax plan in address to conservatives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to promote his first-year accomplishments and argue for his tax plan to conservatives on Friday. Trump is addressing the annual Values Voter summit in Washington. The event is sponsored by the Family Research Council. The president’s speech follows his decision to halt federal subsidies to health insurers under […]
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    The Latest: Social Security benefits to rise 2 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Social Security’s cost-of-living increase (all times local): 8:52 a.m. Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012, but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced […]
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    The Latest: McConnell praises Collins for staying in Senate

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Susan Collins’ decision on whether to run for governor (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to stay in the U.S. Senate. McConnell and Collins are Republicans who have fallen on different sides of recent debates about the […]
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    The Latest: UN leader hopes Iran nuclear deal will stand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal (all times EDT): 7 p.m. A spokesman says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly hopes” the Iran nuclear deal will remain in place, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iran of violating the accord and said he might pull the U.S. out. U.N. spokesman Stephane […]
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    Trump’s blow to ‘Obamacare’ jolts health consumers, politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.” Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, […]
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    Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers […]
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    Facing populism, world finance chiefs defend globalization

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials on Friday defended their efforts to promote free trade and closer international links against a rising ride of populism around the world and criticism from a Trump administration intent on pursuing its “America First” agenda. Finance ministers from the world’s major economies wrapped up two days of talks with […]
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    Amid Trump ambiguity on NKorea, is US practicing for war?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Do the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable — a military conflict with a nuclear-armed North Korea that would put millions of civilians at risk? U.S. B-1B bombers flew this week […]
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    Social Security recipients will see 2 percent boost in 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security […]
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    Couple described as adventure-seekers are free from captors

    STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Just over five years ago, soon after they wed, Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle set off on a journey to areas of the world infrequently traveled by Westerners, an admittedly quixotic trek their parents say was in keeping with the couple’s adventure-seeking spirit. During the trip that took them to Afghanistan […]
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    Trump won’t pull out of ‘worst’ Iran nuclear deal _ for now

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the landmark 2015 international nuclear accord, blaming the Iranians for a litany of sinister behavior and hitting their main military wing with anti-terror penalties. But Trump, breaking his campaign pledge to rip up the agreement, did not pull the U.S. out or […]
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