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  • Pompeo to make up canceled Germany trip on Europe tour

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo next week will make up a trip to Germany he canceled earlier this month amid heightened tensions with Iran. The State Department says Pompeo will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin before heading to additional stops in Europe. Pompeo abruptly canceled a planned May 7 stop […]
  • US moves to strengthen forces in Middle East to counter Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials […]
  • GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a day after the measure […]
  • Former Missouri governor returns to Navy, but not as a SEAL

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ request to return to active duty with the Navy has been approved, but he will not serve again as an elite Navy SEAL. Greitens will be assigned to the Navy Operation Support Center in St. Louis as a general unrestricted line officer, which usually involves […]
  • Administration moves to revoke transgender health protection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Friday to revoke newly won health care discrimination protections for transgender people, the latest in a series of actions that aim to reverse gains by LGBTQ Americans in areas ranging from the military to housing and education. The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that […]
  • Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

    Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it’s divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican […]
  • India’s Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Dissatisfaction with India’s lagging economy didn’t deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory. Now, they’ll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform the economy and improve the lives of India’s 1.3 billion people. Modi […]
  • Japan’s charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes him on a state visit tailor-made to his whims and ego. Offering high honors, golf and the chance to present a “Trump […]
  • Virtual reality helps police in dealing with autistic people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An autistic man walks out of a store without paying for a toy he picked up. He’s followed by a storekeeper demanding he come back inside. The situation quickly escalates, and police are called. Officers arrive, their patrol car’s lights flashing and sirens blaring, to find the man in the parking lot, […]
  • Trump’s orders to AG on Russia probe worry critics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence professionals warned Friday that President Donald Trump’s decision to give his loyal attorney general carte blanche to disclose still-secret material from the Russia investigation will let William Barr cherry-pick intelligence to paint a misleading picture about what started the probe. The president claims his campaign was spied upon, though Trump administration […]
  • Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation, a move aimed at accelerating Barr’s inquiry into whether U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump directed the intelligence community to “quickly and fully […]
  • In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New charges filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange quickly drew alarm Thursday from media organizations and others. The groups are concerned that the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that ordinary journalists do routinely in their jobs. Department officials said they don’t view Assange, who founded WikiLeaks in 2006, as a […]
  • Seeking affirmation: Trump has aides vouch he’s ‘very calm’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometimes even the president of the United States needs somebody to vouch for him. No, Trump insisted Thursday, he did not have a temper tantrum a day earlier when he cut off a White House meeting with congressional Democrats after just three minutes. To prove it — in the middle of a […]
  • Trump considering loophole for Saudi arms sale

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to make an arms shipment to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress, two U.S. officials and lawmakers opposed to the move said Thursday. The officials say a decision on invoking a national security waiver in the Arms Export Control […]
  • The Latest: Senate passes $19 billion disaster relief bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on disaster relief legislation (all times local): 4:38 p.m. The Senate has passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill to help to a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires. The widely-backed legislation passed by an 85-8 vote. Republican leaders agreed […]
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