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Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see ...

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

By ALAN FRAM and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after Republicans warned ...

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

By AMY FORLITI and MATT O'BRIEN Associated Press The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate. The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 ...

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President ...

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. "It was ultimately not clear we could ...

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN, and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, "not show weakness" and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets that urged four Democratic congresswomen of color to ...

Police officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death won’t be charged

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, MICHAEL R. SISAK, COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — ...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey’s ‘drift’ from West

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air ...

Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' ...

R. Kelly expected to appear for court hearing Tuesday

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. U.S. District Judge Harry ...

Louisiana braces for slow-moving possible weekend hurricane

By KEVIN McGILL and REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will be lapping at the tops of levees this ...

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s straight talk on race

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer Pete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: "Good intentions are not going to be enough." The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he's out of touch with black people and ...

Trump lashes out on Twitter ahead of social media ‘summit’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump is on a Twitter tirade ahead of his White House "Social Media Summit" gathering of mostly conservative groups. Trump is tweeting against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself "so great looking and smart, a true ...

Biden to promise US return to forefront of world democracies

By BILL BARROW Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans a sweeping foreign policy address in which he will promise to reassert American leadership in combating the authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President ...

Acosta defends Epstein deal amid calls for his resignation

By JILL COLVIN and RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein, insisting he got the toughest deal he ...

AP Sources: Jeffrey Epstein arrested in NY on sex charges

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement ...

Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists

By MEG KINNARD and JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to ...

21 hurt in shopping plaza blast: Gas lines found ruptured

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in ...

California governor says earthquakes are a ‘wakeup call’

By JOHN ANTCZAK, DAISY NGUYEN and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The two major earthquakes that hit Southern California should alert people across the nation of the need to be prepared for natural disasters, the state's governor said as officials expressed ...

Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Thousands of motorcyclists, waved on by bystanders with American flags, rode through New Hampshire on Saturday to the site where seven bikers were killed in a collision with a truck last month. More than 3,000 bikers, some from as far away as California and Florida, ...