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What’s next as House committees launch impeachment probes

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Democratic leaders have instructed committees to move quickly — and not to lose ...

Activists wonder why political donor wasn’t arrested sooner

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a dead man was carried out of Ed Buck's apartment two years ago, members of the gay political club he lavished with thousands of dollars in political donations swiftly ousted him. Buck attempted a comeback in early January, ...

High-flying marijuana vapes take hit from health scare

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal ...

Census: Inequality grew, including in heartland states

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau figures. Income inequality in the United States expanded ...

Acting intel boss to speak; Dems call complaint ‘disturbing’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to speak publicly for the first time about a secret whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump as House Democrats who have read the document say it is ...

Trump ‘has got to be stopped’: Dems defy impeachment risks

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are embracing an impeachment investigation that could jeopardize their House majority and alienate the very suburban voters who have warmed to the party in recent elections and will be vital to defeat President Donald ...

Trump pushes Attorney General Barr into political fray again

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In offering Ukraine's president the help of Attorney General William Barr in investigating rival Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is once again inserting the nation's top law enforcement officer in a political ...

Dems take up impeachment drive, say Trump betrayed his oath

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, yielding to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an ...

Juul to end advertising and lobbying efforts of e-cigarette

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer E-cigarette maker Juul is shutting down broadcast, print and digital advertising and ending lobbying efforts in Washington as safety concerns over vaping intensify. The company on Wednesday said its CEO was stepping down and will be replaced by a senior ...

New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Due to climate change, the world's oceans are getting warmer, rising higher, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic at an ever-faster pace and melting even more ice and snow, a grim international science assessment concludes. But that's ...

Workers, car owners, dealers and GM feel pinch from strike

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — As the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, it's not just the company and striking workers getting pinched. With many replacement part warehouses shut down, dealers are beginning to run short of ...

Trump tweets with fury, says impeachment push helps him

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-eight floors above Manhattan, President Donald Trump watched his legacy change and his political future grow more uncertain. The president, back in his hometown of New York for the U.N. General Assembly, was taking ...

‘Way too extreme’: Some Democrats warn against moving left

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — The Democrats of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, crowded onto the steps of a local courthouse, dozens of union men protesting a looming power plant closure that would put their livelihoods at risk. The crowd was overwhelmingly ...

Trump ordered aid frozen; more Democrats want impeachment

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before a phone call in which he pressured the Eastern European nation's leader to investigate the ...

Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

By TALI ARBEL AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth's most remote places. And like the last century's battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet ...

US soldier arrested on charge of sharing bomb instructions

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they arrested an Army soldier who they accused of discussing with an FBI informant a possible bomb attack within the United States as well as the targeting of left-leaning activists and a ...

6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest ...

The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims

By STEPHEN BRAUN and LYNN BERRY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised ...

Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, is expected in a city courthouse Monday morning, where she will stand ...

Trump suggests he raised the Bidens with Ukraine’s president

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested that he raised former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son in a summer phone call with Ukraine's new leader, as Democrats pressed for investigations into whether Trump improperly used his office to ...