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Iran steps further from nuke deal, adding pressure on Europe

By Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran increased its uranium enrichment Sunday beyond the limit allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels while calling for a diplomatic solution to ...

DHS official defends conditions at patrol stations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump's immigration policy, a trademark issue for his ...

Bills would reduce punishment for low-level drug possession

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Bills working their way through the Ohio Legislature would reduce punishment for some drug crimes while favoring treatment over automatic prosecution. The measures are part of a national debate over reducing prison populations while responding to the nation's opioid ...

Admiral to lead Navy instead will retire; bad judgment cited

By Robert Burns AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy admiral set to become his service's top officer on Aug. 1 says he will instead retire. The extraordinary downfall of Adm. William Moran was prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday called poor ...

Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big jolt

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes. California is spending more than $16 ...

Poll: 1 in 4 don’t plan to retire despite realities of aging

By Andrew Soergel The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs ...

‘Spider-Man’ soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," the first Marvel movie after "Avengers: Endgame," swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 ...

In Trump aid package for farmers, many blow past caps

By Steve Karnowski and Balint Szalai The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large ...

Show of hands on immigrant health care belies a thorny issue

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In one unanimous show of hands, Democratic presidential candidates moved the idea of full health insurance for people who are not legally in the United States into the political mainstream. That debate night moment last ...

Jury to decide SEAL’s punishment for posing with corpse

By Julie Watson and Brian Melley The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 will return to court Wednesday to decide whether he should ...

Iranians say US sanctions hurt the people, not government

By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — While opinions differ across Tehran's Grand Bazaar about the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal, there's one thing those in the beating heart of Iran's capital city agree on: American ...

Fire kills 14 Russian sailors amid submarine speculation

By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A fire on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea submersibles killed 14 sailors, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday without giving the cause of the blaze or saying if there were survivors. The ministry didn't name the vessel ...

NASA launches Orion crew capsule to test abort system

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test Tuesday for the Orion capsules designed to carry astronauts to the moon. The capsule was empty for the morning demo, which officials said appeared to be successful. Barely a ...

Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills 6, wounds scores

By Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing over the Afghan capital. At least 26 ...

Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers

By Richard Lardner The Associated Press OPAL, Va. (AP) — Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania. He'd reached the maximum number of hours in a day he's allowed to be on duty. Francois couldn't leave the truck unattended. ...

AP-NORC Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

By Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a ...

US duty free owners give millions to Israeli settlements

By Uri Blau and Josef Federman The Associated Press HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — When travelers shop at dozens of duty free stores at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or a box of chocolates. The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain ...

Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force

By Julie Watson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was called the "The Sewing Circle," an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, ...

NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement’s history

By Sabrina Caserta and Rebecca Gibian The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Exuberant crowds carrying rainbow colors filled New York City streets Sunday for one of the largest pride parades in the history of the gay-rights movement, a dazzling celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ...

‘Let’s do it’

By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — "Ok, let's do it." With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made ...