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‘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 ...

Lingering Pacific heat wave threatens Hawaii coral

By CALEB JONES Associated Press CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' ...

Biden, Warren face same challenge in Iowa: keeping momentum

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fire truck, a marching band and hundreds of supporters ushered Joe Biden into this weekend's Iowa Steak Fry, a show of force intended to solidify the former vice president's front-runner status. His closest ...

Trump visits 2 key states with leaders of India, Australia

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump's run-up to the U.N. General Assembly was a dash on Sunday through two key political states with two world leaders at events that felt like his raucous campaign rallies. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, Trump and ...

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race ...

US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

By LISA MARIE PANE and STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel ...

Justices’ DC sniper case examines teen murderers’ sentences

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen ...

Elevator briefly breaks down at reopened Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly upgraded elevator at the Washington Monument stopped working just days after reopening to the public following a three-year renovation project. The National Park Service says there was a "brief interruption in service" for about an hour Saturday. Spokesman Mike ...

Bus with Chinese-speaking tourists crashes in Utah; 4 dead

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and MORGAN SMITH Associated Press PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — A tour bus crashed on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah on Friday, killing four people from China and injuring dozens more. The bus from Southern California rolled onto a guard ...

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns. Trump's attorneys filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. ...

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private ...

‘It’s bad’: Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks East Texas

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda unleashed torrential rain in parts of Texas on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures as the powerful storm system drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey ...

AP source: Joe Kennedy to challenge Sen. Markey in primary

By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the state's Democratic primary in 2020. A person with knowledge of Kennedy's ...