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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 ...

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You'll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ...

Trump names hostage envoy O’Brien national security adviser

By ERIC TUCKER, DEB RIECHMANN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth ...

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which ...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a ...

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of ...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and ADAM BEAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less ...

Biden’s abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions. The move seemed sure to hurt the former vice president with Catholics, ...

Protest likely to greet Trump fundraising trip in California

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making a rare visit to California, a Democratic stronghold where he is expected to rake in millions of dollars during a series of fundraisers for his reelection effort that are almost ...

Only on AP: Popular pot vape gets makeover to counter fakes

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's ...

House Judiciary Committee to hold 1st impeachment hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As they investigate President Donald Trump, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation. Corey Lewandowski, Trump's outspoken, loyal former ...

Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians who grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades, died Tuesday in Washington of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network ...

A re-energized Hurricane Dorian rakes the Southeast US coast

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Re-energized at 115 mph, Hurricane Dorian raked the Southeastern U.S. coast with howling, window-rattling winds and sideways rain Thursday, knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses as it pushed northward toward North ...

Carolinas coast braces for flooding, hazards from Dorian

By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press As Hurricane Dorian blows off the coast of the Carolinas, forecasters are predicting high storm surges and drenching rains that could trigger flooding and unleash environmental hazards in areas still recovering from last year's Hurricane Florence. The ...

Analysis: Black votes will define electability for Democrats

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer For all the strategic calculations, sophisticated voter targeting and relentless talk about electability in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential nomination will be determined by a decidedly different group: black voters. African Americans will ...

Military base cuts affect schools, target ranges, more

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities to pay for the construction of 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting a total $3.6 ...

Official: Feds search home for link to gun in Texas shooting

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says ATF agents have executed a search warrant at the Lubbock, Texas, home of a man they believe was involved in the "transfer" of an AR-style rifle to the gunman who killed seven people in a Labor Day weekend ...