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    1 US soldier killed in combat in Afghan; others wounded

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says one soldier died and an unspecified number of American and Afghan soldiers were wounded in a combat operation against the Islamic State affiliate in eastern Afghanistan. The Utah National Guard says the soldier who died Wednesday was one of its members and approximately seven other National Guardsmen were […]
  • Dr. Charles Thomson, 92, of Sun City, Ariz., gets in his golf cart after talking about his support for President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Sun City, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) National News

    Donald Trump’s die-hard supporters show no signs of straying

    NEW YORK (AP) — They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump’s loyal base is happy to absolve […]
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    Republican Campbell to challenge North Dakota Sen. Heitkamp

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell said Wednesday he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, citing President Donald Trump’s popularity in the state as a selling point. Campbell, a potato farmer from Grafton, said he wants to partner with Trump, who won the state by […]
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    Panel to interview co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump is to be interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. A person familiar with the discussions between Glenn Simpson and the committee says Simpson has agreed to cooperate with the panel and […]
  • FILE - In this July 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event about healthcare, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Lifestyle

    White House: Gov’t to make health law payments this month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will make this month’s payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes, […]
  • FILE - In this July 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg.  Putin is more trusted than Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to new survey released Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) National News

    Survey: Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday. Both leaders scored poorly overall in the poll by the respected Pew Research Center. But […]
  • In this Aug. 14, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pauses while speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) National News

    Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

    Both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. “It’s a ridiculous conflation,” said Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California, Irvine. “He’s not […]
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Internal employee surveys show that fired Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) National News

    Internal FBI surveys show high support for ex-FBI head Comey

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House claims to the contrary, fired FBI Director James Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure, according to internal survey results released Wednesday. The data detailing bureau attitudes about its leader contradict White House assertions that Comey, fired by President Donald Trump in […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill Washington. McConnell is condemning the “messages of hate and bigotry” carried by the KKK and white supremacist groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) National News

    The Latest: VA secretary defends Trump remarks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican reaction to President Donald Trump’s comments about the weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times EDT): 6 p.m. A Jewish member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet says Trump has “done a good job of speaking for himself” and has made clear he opposes bigotry, hatred, violence, Nazis and […]
  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis answers a reporter's question about North Korea, before a meeting with Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) National News

    Military leaders speak out against racism, extremism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the four major U.S. military services have spoken out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their comments on Twitter and in longer written statements made no mention of President Donald Trump’s responses to the incident. Military officers are trained to avoid politics. They traditionally see […]
  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks to members of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham, in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Pence is on an official visit to Chile until Thursday, when he will head to Panama, during his week-long visit to Latin America. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) World

    The Latest: Pence promotes US trade with Latin America

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Latin America (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is finishing up a visit to Chile by trying to assure business leaders that the U.S. wants to continue to trade with and invest in the region. Pence tells leaders at […]
  • FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Republican leaders on Wednesday, Aug. 16, tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists. Ryan said on Aug. 15 "white supremacy is repulsive,' but ignored the presidents comments. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) National News

    Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

    NEW YORK (AP) — One after another, the nation’s most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump’s extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president. The Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned “hate and bigotry.” House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, “White supremacy is repulsive.” Neither criticized the president’s insistence that […]
  • White House chief of staff John Kelly, left, watches as President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) National News

    The Latest: Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly disbanded two of his White House business councils in the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The decision comes as the White House tries to manage the repercussions […]
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    US adds Kashmir militant group to terrorism blacklists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has added a Kashmiri militant group fighting to end Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region to several terrorism blacklists. , The designation blocks any assets the group may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars Americans from doing business with it. The State and Treasury departments said Wednesday they […]
  • Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to supporters, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Moore, who took losing stands for the public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage, forced a Senate primary runoff with Sen. Luther Strange, an appointed incumbent backed by both President Donald Trump and heavy investment from establishment Republican forces. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) AP

    The Latest: Trump says Strange gained after his endorsement

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of Alabama’s primary elections for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (all times local): 10:45 a.m. President Donald Trump says his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange had a big impact in Alabama’s Senate primary. Trump used Twitter twice on Wednesday to comment on […]
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