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  • Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

    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 as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump’s conduct. The examples […]
  • China calls on US to ‘correct’ Iran sanctions

    BEIJING (AP) — China urged Washington on Friday to “correct” sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. U.S. pressure on Iran and its “long-arm jurisdiction” against companies in third countries is the “root cause” of tension with Tehran, a foreign ministry spokesman said. “China has consistently and […]
  • 3 sentenced for violence at Virginia white nationalist rally

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three members of a white supremacist group were sentenced Friday to between two and three years in prison for punching, kicking and choking anti-racism protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California. Members of the now-defunct Rise Above Movement were caught on camera assaulting counterprotesters before […]
  • Pacquiao has plenty to say while he prepares for Thurman

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has had a whole lot more to say about boxing ever since he became a politician. The 40-year-old Filipino senator who once understandably shied away from lengthy conversations in English is more comfortable in the language. A fighter who once kept most conversations short and mild has become much […]
  • Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

    LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant escalation since tensions between Iran and the […]
  • Oil price rises on Mideast tensions, stock markets cautious

    BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose on Friday after the U.S. said it had destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf, where a lot of the world’s oil is shipped through. Stock markets were largely stable as investors monitor earnings and the ongoing trade talks between China and the U.S. Energy prices […]
  • Trump effect the top question in Virginia’s key elections

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump has been very good for Virginia Democrats. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent members of Congress. But hovering over this year’s closely […]
  • Ex-NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for stolen documents

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A former National Security Agency contractor who stored two decades’ worth of classified documents at his Maryland home was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison. Harold Martin, 54, apologized to the federal judge who sentenced him for a theft that prosecutors have called “breathtaking” in scope. “My methods were wrong, illegal […]
  • Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

    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 raffled off free cameras in a partnership with the camera manufacturer. So far, the […]
  • In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on a Somali-born congresswoman Friday while reversing his previous criticisms of a North Carolina crowd who chanted “send her back,” defending them as “patriots” while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic lawmakers of color. In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over […]
  • Berkeley drops words like ‘manpower’ in push to be inclusive

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into “maintenance holes” instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but “human-made.” And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join “collegiate Greek system residences” rather than fraternities and sororities. Berkeley leaders voted unanimously this week […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2019. There are 165 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 19, 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. On this date: In 1553, King Henry […]
  • The Latest: New mid-engine Corvette starts under $60,000

    WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the introduction of the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette: (all times local): 12:10 a.m. GM President Mark Reuss says the new 2020 version of the Chevrolet Corvette will start under $60,000, 7% more than the current car’s base price of $55,900. Prices of other versions weren’t announced but the […]
  • Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

    WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn’t the first thing that pops into your head. Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren. The eighth-generation ‘Vette, dubbed C8, is radically different from its predecessors, which for 66 years had the […]
  • A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in January to six years and nine […]
  • Who’s appearing on each night of the 2020 debates in July

    The lineups for the July 30-31 Democratic presidential debates were announced Thursday, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights. Here’s a look at who is appearing on each night of the debates: NIGHT 1: TUESDAY, JULY 30 Steve Bullock, Montana governor Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana John Delaney, former congressman from Maryland […]
  • Police overseers fire 4 officers in McDonald-related case

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer’s 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by Jason Van Dyke and voted unanimously for the […]
  • 2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

    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 Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris will […]
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda geeks out on ‘His Dark Materials’

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda says he agreed to being in the adaptation of “His Dark Materials” before he even knew what part he was being offered. Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a cowboy who flies hot air balloons and gets into bar fights, although he says he would have sharpened pencils to be part […]
  • Woman charged in Michigan soldier’s death guilty of murder

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — The wife of a U.S. Army sergeant from Michigan who plotted to kill her husband has been found guilty of murder. Kemia Hassel was convicted Thursday by a Berrien County jury in the death of Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III. The 23-year-old Hassel was fatally shot in an ambush on New […]

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