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Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

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Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. More>>

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Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

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The Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million in U.S. money for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent. More>>

N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

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The apparent Republican winner of the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. More>>

Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

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UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll: Fewer political independents live in US suburbs than in cities and rural areas. More>>

Aurora gunman's family: 'We deeply apologize' for shootings

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A relative of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse says her family is offering condolences to the victims' families, saying 'we deeply apologize'. More>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 Video included

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020. More>>

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says Video included

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A new congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. More>>

O'Rourke won't rule out being vice presidential candidate

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Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the White House himself. More>>

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

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President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. More>>

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

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President Donald Trump is moving closer toward his goal of creating a Space Force, but it won't begin as a separate military branch as the president envisioned. More>>

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency Video included

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President Donald Trump is criticizing California's lead role in a multistate lawsuit against his emergency declaration to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

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Trump says he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but he's in no rush. More>>

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

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A parliamentary committee report is recommending that the United Kingdom government increase oversight of social media platforms like Facebook. More>>

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

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The offer by Italy's populist 5-Star Movement to share its web platform with France's "yellow vest" protesters could be a harbinger of what's to come in the upcoming European Parliament elections. More>>

Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts

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Gatherings and marches against anti-Semitism will be taking place across France following a series of shocking anti-Semitic acts. More>>

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

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A top Census Bureau official says an internal agency team found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data _ but with lots of mistakes. More>>

AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

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A person familiar with FBI internal discussions says after FBI Director James Comey was fired the bureau developed a plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation. More>>

Supreme Court staying out of actor's 'Empire' lawsuit

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The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show 'Empire'. More>>

Governor signs measure to hike Illinois minimum wage to $15

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. More>>

The Latest: Sanders' 2020 campaign raises $4M in half a day

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On the first day of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders picked up the support of his fellow home-state senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy. More>>

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

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Businesses and government offices are slowly reopening in Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations. More>>

Georgia voting problems highlighted in congressional hearing

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Congressional Democrats are highlighting voting problems in Georgia as justification for restoring federal oversight of elections in certain places with a history of discrimination. More>>

Consultant on North Carolina race: Methods were surprise

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North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents. More>>

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

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A federal judge has ordered Trump confidant Roger Stone to appear in court to address an Instagram post featuring a photo of the judge with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. More>>

Justice Thomas calls for re-examining landmark libel case

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The Supreme Court is declining to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby that was filed by a woman who says he raped her and later spread lies about her when she came forward. More>>

Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

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Trump positions himself as pundit for 2020 Democratic field, giving high marks to Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, thumbs down to Elizabeth Warren's video debut. More>>

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's attorney general says at least a dozen states will join a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Key players in disputed congressional race in North Carolina

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The investigation into ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional race involves a mix of characters, including a nationally known election lawyer and a local political operative suspected of illegal practices. More>>

Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate

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The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. More>>

Trump's ex-Hill chief returning as Pence's chief of staff

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President Donald Trump's former chief liaison to Congress is returning to the White House as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. More>>

Dems say DeVos' deputy tried to influence internal inquiry

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Democrats in Congress are accusing the Education Department of interfering with an investigation by the agency's independent watchdog. More>>

Aurora shooter's permit was revoked but gun wasn't seized

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The man who killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant took a gun he wasn't allowed to have to a job he must have known he was about to lose. More>>

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

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The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. More>>

Sanders announcement revives criticism from Clinton backers

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The tension between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton resurfaces after the Vermont senator announces his second run for the White House. More>>

The Latest: Leahy backs Sanders in shift from 2016

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is describing his second White House bid as a "continuation of what we did in 2016.". More>>

Inside the battle to host the 2020 Democratic convention

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Officials in Houston, Miami and Milwaukee are in a mad scramble to lure the Democratic presidential nominating convention in 2020, but each city has something left to prove. More>>

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

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The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her public return to the bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. More>>

Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls

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Democrats hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 are courting the party's famous freshmen. More>>

Harris: Facts unfolding in probe of alleged Smollett attack

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are closing out the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, with stops planned across states key to securing their party's nomination. More>>

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

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Medicare ambulance rides could include option of going to urgent care or doctor's office. More>>

Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

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President Donald Trump has tipped the scales and is now officially considered obese. More>>

Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team

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President Donald Trump is staffing-up for his re-election run, naming his communications team for the 2020 campaign. More>>

High court won't hear anti-death penalty Arkansas judge suit

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. More>>

High court won't take case of ex-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

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The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. More>>

Protests slam Trump's declaration as states ready lawsuit

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Protesters are gathering in cities around the country to decry President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. More>>

High court won't consider Tennessee death row inmate's case

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The Supreme Court won't hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claimed his rights were violated when he was forced to represent himself at trial. More>>

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido Video included

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Trump to seek to rally support among the largest Venezuelan community in the U.S. for opposition leader Juan Guaido. More>>

Former House lawmakers join Washington lobbying firm

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The former New York congressman who lost his seat to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm. More>>

Sen. Kamala Harris says she's no democratic socialist

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she's not a democratic socialist, a not-so-veiled distinction setting her apart from a potential rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. More>>

Ex-diplomat says North Korean leader won't give up nukes

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A former North Korean diplomat says leader Kim Jong Un has no intention of giving up his nuclear weapons and sees his upcoming second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump as a chance to cement his country's status as a nuclear weapons state. More>>

Roger Stone apologizes to judge for Instagram post about her

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President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. More>>

Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O'Rourke

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Few Americans have a clearer idea of life with a border wall than former Texas congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke. More>>

Official: Deputy AG Rosenstein expected to depart in March

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A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month. More>>

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

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More than 300 IS militants holed up in tiny area in eastern Syria refuse to surrender, trying to negotiate an exit. More>>

The Latest: Maduro says Trump sounds almost Nazi-like

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Trump: Socialism has ravaged Venezuela to the point that even the world's largest oil reserves cannot keep the country's lights on. More>>

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections is holding a hearing on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. More>>

2020 hopeful Warren to unveil universal child care plan

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to unveil a universal child care plan that would guarantee American families access to child care. More>>

The Latest: Klobuchar takes a 'relative' look at gun laws

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Kamala Harris is letting voters in New Hampshire know that she does not consider herself a democratic socialist. More>>

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

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U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. More>>

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday is taking up a case involving an Alabama man who developed a way to process undeliverable mail. More>>

Trump lashes out at key officials involved in Russia probe

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Trump is suggesting that key officials involved in the Russia probe were engaged in 'treasonous' behavior. More>>

DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater

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From fake street signs to Robert Mueller-themed ice cream trucks, activists in the nation's capital have honed a particular brand of performative prankster-style protest. More>>

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

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A top adviser to President Donald Trump is indicating that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is describing a squeeze on working families in America as she introduces herself to voters in the early nominating state of Nevada. More>>

Abe mum on Trump's claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mum on reports he nominated President Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize. More>>

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

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McCabe says Rosenstein was "absolutely" supportive of the decision to launch investigations into whether Trump was inappropriately aligned with the Russians, had obstructed justice. More>>

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

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As she cranks up her presidential campaign, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't trying to hide her working-mom juggle -- she's running on it. More>>

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

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Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. More>>

Zimbabwe opposition official convicted of false declaration

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A Zimbabwean court has convicted prominent opposition politician Tendai Biti for announcing that his party's leader won disputed elections held in July. More>>

Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter Video included

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is warning Venezuelan soldiers that they would commit a "crime against humanity" if they block the entry of U.S. aid that is being channeled through rivals of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. More>>

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

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The State Department says Heather Nauert, nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from consideration. More>>

Hearing into unresolved US House race could find winner

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Hearing by state Elections Board could reveal whether the nation's last undecided congressional election was either tainted by so much ballot tampering that a winner could not be declared. More>>

The Latest: Booker talks policy, plays Pac-Man at barcade

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is greeting hundreds of voters in Rochester, New Hampshire, as he starts the second day in a weekend swing through the state that will hold the first primary next year. More>>

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

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Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts. More>>

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

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Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency, has died. More>>

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

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Nigeria delays its election for a week as candidates rush back to capital, blaming each other. More>>

Iran pressures Europe to do more to save the nuclear deal

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Iran's foreign minister is blasting the United States' "unhealthy fixation" with his country and condemning the Trump administration's efforts to press European countries to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. More>>

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

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Nearly 50 years after Iowa moved to reduce partisanship in its court system, Republicans who control the governor's office and the Legislature say it's time to give politicians greater control. More>>

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges. More>>

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. More>>

Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress Video included

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President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build the wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. More>>

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

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Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency at the border. More>>

Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

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A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. More>>

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

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A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone. More>>

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

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Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. More>>

The Latest: Gillibrand accuses Trump of dividing people

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Sen. Cory Booker is kicking off his first visit to New Hampshire with a personal touch, sharing his family's story with about 100 voters in the Democratic-leaning town of Portsmouth. More>>

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

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The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. More>>

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on China to join in international disarmament negotiations after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty on nuclear weapons in Europe. More>>

Ex-FBI official recounts discussion about 25th Amendment

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he never participated in "extended discussions" about using the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office. More>>

Trump picks former Alabama official to lead FEMA

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate a former Alabama official to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More>>

The Latest: Acting defense chief unsure on border money

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The acting secretary of defense says he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. More>>

White House spokeswoman confirms special counsel interview

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. More>>

Poland's political leader on unprecedented defensive

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most powerful politician, suddenly finds himself embroiled in revelations over his involvement in complex business dealings and the presence in his inner circle of people with alleged communist ties. More>>

Trump claims Japan's PM nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize

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President Donald Trump says the leader of Japan nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work to open up a dialogue with North Korea. More>>

Reform, once avoided, now embraced in Chicago mayor's race

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Once a dirty word in Chicago, 'reform' is now on the lips of the city's 14 mayoral candidates. More>>

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump's inaugural committee

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State authorities in New Jersey have subpoenaed a host of financial records from the committee that organized President Donald Trump's inauguration. More>>

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

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'Everybody suffers too much:' Nigeria heads to the polls as its president tries to hang on. More>>

Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

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Nigerians wake to find a delayed election; opposition says it 'destroyed the soul' of nation. More>>

The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

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The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'. More>>

Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

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More than 30 heads of state and government and 80 defense and foreign ministers are meeting in Munich for an annual security conference known for its frank exchanges and backroom diplomacy. More>>

Haiti to unveil economic measures to quell violent protests

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Haitians say they will keep protesting until President Jovenel Moise resigns despite his announcement of upcoming economic measures to quell more than a week of violent demonstrations across the country. More>>

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border Video included

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Congress has easily approved a border security compromise that will clear Congress and get President Donald Trump's signature. More>>

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight Video included

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. More>>

US Vice President Mike Pence makes his first Auschwitz visit

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is visiting the memorial site of Auschwitz along with the Polish president. More>>

The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

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California Sen. Kamala Harris is in Charleston, South Carolina, making her second trip to the state since announcing her presidential campaign. More>>

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid Video included

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail. More>>

California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's governor and attorney general and say they will sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

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Spain's prime minister has called early general elections for late April after his government's budget was voted down by lawmakers. More>>

Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

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The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions in federal money. More>>

APNewsBreak: New guidance on handling child bride petitions

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The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States. More>>

Ex-Gov. Weld likely not the last primary challenge to Trump

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William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who two years ago ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, on Friday became the first Republican to announce a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries. More>>

The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

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President Donald Trump plans to spend about $8 billion on border barriers, far more than Congress has given him for that purpose. More>>

Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

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The U.S. Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid more than $2 million in bribes to Indian officials in order to build a new office campus in the country. More>>

Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work

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The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December. More>>

Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role

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Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker remains at the Justice Department, but in a very different role. More>>

Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

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Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, Democrats are venturing to places the party has long feared to tread. More>>

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year later: Renewed national debate on guns and school safety, and a time to remember the victims. More>>

Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

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Woman who accused Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is an intensely private single mother. More>>

On immigration, Mideast and more, Kushner keeps pushing

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On immigration, Mideast peace and much more, Kushner keeps pushing. More>>

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

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Top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint are taking the case for their 26.5 billion merger to Congress. More>>

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper supports universal health care

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John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who's considering running for president, says he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it. More>>

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

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The Senate has confirmed William Barr to be attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. More>>

Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Brussels for what are expected to be tense talks with the European Union's top diplomat. More>>

Average tax refunds fall, creating political flashpoint

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IRS: Average income tax refund down 8.7 percent from a year ago. More>>

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he wanted investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice documented so that they could "not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.". More>>

White House scrambles to find pots of money to use for wall Video included

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Even if President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. More>>

Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election

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A London-based think tank says last year's election in the German state of Bavaria was the subject of concerted social media campaigns designed to benefit a far-right party. More>>

First lady makes Valentine's Day art with pediatric patients

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Melania Trump is doing Valentine's Day arts and crafts with children receiving treatment at the National Institutes of Health. More>>

Illinois set to hike minimum wage to $15, highest in Midwest

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Illinois legislators have sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker one of his top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage that would more than double the standard in most of its Midwestern neighbors require. More>>

After shooting: 'You can't really trust other students'

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A year after Parkland, the K-12 experience in Florida has been reshaped. More>>

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world 'can't achieve peace and security in the Middle East without confronting Iran'. More>>

Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

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Egyptian lawmakers overwhelmingly approve motion to extend president's term limits, which could see President el-Sissi staying in power until 2034. More>>

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency Video included

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Congress is set to resolve a bruising brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion. More>>

The Latest: House passes border bill, sends to Trump's desk

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown. More>>

Michigan governor blasts TV story about her appearance

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticizes TV station's story that features people's unflattering, sexually tinged comments about her during speech. More>>

Police: Teen charged after gunshot at New Mexico high school

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A shot has been fired on the grounds of a suburban Albuquerque high school on the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre but police say no one was injured and a suspect was taken into custody. More>>

The Latest: Arlington says it's sticking to its Amazon plans

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Amazon ditches New York as location for new headquarters. More>>

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

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EPA expected to release a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from Congress. More>>

AP Interview: Philippine journalist sees threat to democracy

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AP Interview: Award-winning head of Philippine news site accuses Duterte government of acting like a dictatorship and of using the law as a weapon to muzzle dissent. More>>

Colorado Democratic Sen. Bennet set to visit Iowa this month

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet plans to travel to Iowa this month to meet with Democratic activists in the 2020 presidential caucus state as he considers entering his party's 2020 White House field. More>>

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

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Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. More>>

Shanahan: US will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

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NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. More>>

Boren's attorney describes university probe as 'persecution'

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An attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a 'character assassination.'. More>>

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

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The first two Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 election will have room for up to 20 candidates who meet certain polling or fundraising thresholds. More>>

Correction: AccuWeather-Sexual Bias Settlement story

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A family-run weather company, whose former CEO is President Donald Trump's nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has agreed to pay $290,000 after an agency found the company subjected female employees to sexual harassment. More>>

Texas' election chief apologizes over flawed noncitizen list

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Texas' election chief is apologizing over releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted. More>>

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

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Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning. More>>

Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

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The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward, and that could make the state a big loser too. More>>

Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as 'a world-class doer' Video included

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John Dingell, the record-long serving congressman who died last week, is being remembered at his funeral service in Washington as "Mr. Michigan.''. More>>

Nebraska considers kicking its habit of recall elections

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Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. More>>

Trump still coy on border deal - but claims victory anyway Video included

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Trump says he's not expecting another government shutdown, a signal that he's leaning toward accepting a budget compromise. More>>

Senate Dems on Green New Deal debate: 'Bring it on'

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Democrats have one response to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to force the Senate into difficult votes on the Green New Deal climate change proposal: Bring it on. More>>

Bloomberg rips Trump for not taking action on climate change

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Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is criticizing President Donald Trump for ignoring his own administration's climate scientists and failing to take action to address climate change. More>>

Oversight of federal student loans is lacking, watchdog says

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The Education Department's independent watchdog says the agency hasn't done enough to stop student loan servicers that break federal rules. More>>

Senate brings back anti-lynching bill, sending it to House

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The Senate has unanimously passed legislation that designates lynching as a federal crime. More>>

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

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Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

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An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion. More>>

Senate Democrat wants documents related to Khashoggi killing

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The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is calling on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. More>>

Anne Firor Scott, groundbreaking historian, dead at 97

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Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor of Southern studies, has died at age 97. More>>

AP Interview: Envoy says Russia's clout in Afghanistan rises

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AP Interview: Putin's envoy says US 'completely failed' in Afghanistan, opening way for Moscow to expand its clout there. More>>

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

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A former counterintelligence agent with the U.S. Air Force has been accused of revealing classified information to Iran. More>>

Perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche dead at 96

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Political extremist, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. dies at 96. More>>

House panel backs bill expanding gun-sale background checks

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A key House committee has approved a bill to require background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms. More>>

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

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A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators in the Russia probe. More>>

California judge will keep Planned Parenthood names sealed

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Planned Parenthood is making an unusual legal demand to join California's criminal prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization. More>>

Catalan ex-official testifies he is a 'political prisoner'

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A former Catalan official accused of leading a violent rebellion to create an independent state in northeastern Spain has told a court that he considers himself "a political prisoner" tried for his ideas. More>>

Nigeria's youth boom approaches the voting booth frustrated

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Nigeria's youth boom approaches the voting booth, frustrated by candidates twice their age. More>>

Journalist and Duterte critic posts bail after libel arrest

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The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered Duterte has been freed on bail after an overnight jail stay in a libel case. More>>

Double duty: Senators juggle presidential bids and day jobs

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The nearly half-dozen Democratic senators also seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2020 are facing a juggling act, crisscrossing the country while keeping an eye on their constituents and making it to votes in Washington. More>>

China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadline

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US, Chinese negotiators begin trade talks Trump says will help decide whether he postpones a planned tariff on $200 billion of imports from China. More>>

Refugee footballer thanks Australian leader for freedom

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A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain has come to the Australian capital to thank the prime minister for his freedom. More>>

Activists: More than 200 IS fighters surrender in east Syria

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Iraq's prime minister says Baghdad will repatriate Iraqi members of the Islamic State group that are held by U.S.-backed Syrian fighters. More>>

Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland Video included

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The United States and Poland are kicking off an international conference on the Middle East amid uncertainty over its aims and questions about what it will deliver. More>>

Nevada woman is the 6th to accuse Arias of sexual misconduct

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The director of an international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct. More>>

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is studying options to deal with what it insists are Russian violations of a key missile treaty but that it wants to avoid sparking any arms race. More>>

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