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Trump administration trying to bring A$AP Rocky home

Jul 19 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump says her husband's administration is working with the State Department to try to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home. The president also tells reporters that many members of the African American community have asked him to intervene. The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been behind bars in Sweden while police investigate […]

The Latest: House panel asks Hope Hicks to clarify testimony

Jul 18 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — The Latest on the unsealing of court records related to the Michael Cohen investigation (all times local): 8 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee is asking former White House aide Hope Hicks to clarify her June testimony to the panel after federal prosecutors in New York released documents detailing communications surrounding hush money […]

The Latest: Trump claims he was ‘not happy’ with chant

Jul 18 2019 — AP — GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Trump is claiming that he thought […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

Jul 17 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday. They waved Puerto Rican flags and followed him to a drumbeat, chanting in Spanish, "Viva Puerto Rico […]

Dem trying to unseat Michigan’s Amash raised $100K in 1 week

Jul 16 2019 — AP — GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said Tuesday she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign for what's become a crowded — and newly competitive — three-way race. Attorney Hillary Scholten of Grand Rapids joined the race last week, days after Amash said he was […]

Ambassador to resign to run for Tennessee US Senate seat

Jul 16 2019 — AP — NASHVILLE — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty is currently in the process of resigning his position as he prepares to run for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat. State Department officials announced on Tuesday that the 59-year-old Republican will resign later this month. He has served in the diplomatic post for nearly two years. President […]

The Latest: O’Rourke’s fundraising plunges in 2nd quarter

Jul 15 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Latest on second quarter fundraising totals (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Beto O'Rourke raised just $3.6 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, a dramatic drop in fundraising that underscores his campaign's struggle to gain traction. The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing cover story in Vanity […]

Services set to remember H. Ross Perot in Dallas

Jul 15 2019 — AP — DALLAS — Family and friends are set to remember H. Ross Perot, the colorful Texas billionaire who twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, at services in Dallas. A graveside service Tuesday morning at a cemetery will be followed by a memorial service at Highland Park Methodist Church in the afternoon. Both events are private but […]

Sen. Chris Murphy writing book on gun violence

Jul 15 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — One of Washington's leading advocates for gun control, Sen. Chris Murphy, has a book coming out next year. Murphy's "Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy" will be published Jan. 20, Random House announced Monday. Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in a statement that the book was […]

The Latest: Biden offers health plan ‘public option’ details

Jul 15 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Latest on Joe Biden's defence of "Obamacare" (all times local): 6:15 a.m. Former Vice-President Joe Biden will spend much of the coming week talking about his approach to health care. On Monday, Biden is unveiling a plan that would add a "public option" to the 2010 health care overhaul known as "Obamacare," […]

Beto O’Rourke says he had relative who owned slaves

Jul 14 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he was recently given documents showing that both he and his wife are descended from people who owned slaves. In a post Sunday night for the website Medium, the former Texas congressman writes that the documents showed that one of his paternal great-great-great grandfathers owned two women […]

Klobuchar’s plan would help Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers

Jul 12 2019 — AP — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. It's an issue that's personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care facility. The plan includes new funding for Alzheimer's research and aims […]

After Trump request, Lockheed keeps helicopter plant open

Jul 11 2019 — AP — COATESVILLE, Pa. — Lockheed Martin has decided to keep its Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania open following a request from President Donald Trump. Wednesday night's announcement came little more than a month after the company told the Coatesville facility's 465 employees the plant would close by the end of the year. The company planned to […]

The Latest: US Rep. Mark Green won’t pursue Senate seat

Jul 11 2019 — AP — NASHVILLE — The Latest on Tennessee's open Senate seat (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Tennessee's U.S. Rep. Mark Green is the latest Republican contender to say he won't run for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2020. Green made the announcement Thursday, shortly after former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam declared he wouldn't run for […]

The Latest: Labor secretary defends Epstein plea deal

Jul 11 2019 — AP — NEW YORK — The Latest on developments in the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The former Palm Beach County state attorney is disputing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's account of why he signed off on a secret sex trafficking plea deal involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta insisted Wednesday that […]