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Diplomat provides House with detailed account on Ukraine

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LYNN BERRY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat who has sharply questioned President Donald Trump's policy on Ukraine, has provided lawmakers with a detailed account of his recollection of events at the ...

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. "That is one ...

‘Just too much’: Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth. As her family's boat moved through the harbor a few years ago, Munger, ...

Chicago teachers’ strike highlights support staff shortages

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling ...

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a ...

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial ...

Ambassador expected to testify key assurance came from Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald ...

Family seeks answers after police kill Texas woman at home

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbor's call about an open front door "didn't have time to perceive a threat" before he opened fire, an attorney for the woman's family said. "You didn't hear the officer ...

Sanders details plan to ‘end corporate greed’

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to "end corporate greed and corruption" by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation's most profitable firms pay ...

Joe Biden’s son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not ...

NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort

WASHINGTON (AP) — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday. In the ...

White House and Democrats fight over rules for impeachment

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, JIM MUSTIAN and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Constitution gives the House "the sole power of impeachment" — but it confers that authority without an instruction manual. Now comes the battle royal over exactly what it means. In vowing to ...

2 suspects in custody, 1 sought in cop trial witness slaying

By JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Three Louisiana men are suspected in the killing of a witness who testified at the murder trial of a former Dallas police officer, authorities said Tuesday, cautioning that the killing had nothing at all to do with that trial ...

Recuperating Sanders says he may slow down campaigning pace

By WILSON RING, STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bernie Sanders began reintroducing himself to the 2020 campaign on Tuesday, venturing outside his Vermont home to say that he doesn't plan on leaving the presidential race following last week's heart ...

Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly grown into a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana ...

Better polling means sharper scrutiny. Is Warren ready?

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Nevada in February, Abbie Peters was there. Energy and enthusiasm for the Massachusetts senator was not. "It was early, and she wasn't as popular," said Peters. Nearly eight months later, Peters, ...

FBI: Inmate is the deadliest serial killer in US history

By TAMARA LUSH and ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Samuel Little, who has been ...

Trump envoy set to testify hasn’t always been a Trump backer

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy wrapped up in a congressional impeachment inquiry was a late convert to President Donald Trump, initially supporting another candidate in the Republican primary and once refusing to participate in a fundraiser on his behalf. But ...

Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT people’s rights

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two of the term's most closely watched cases over whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination. The cases Tuesday are the court's first on LGBT rights since ...

Fed’s odd dilemma: Low unemployment but pressure to do more

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation's unemployment rate at its lowest point since human beings first walked on the moon, you might expect the Federal Reserve to be raising interest rates to keep the economy from overheating and igniting ...