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Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump's early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the ...

10 wounded in shooting near New Orleans’ French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday near the French Quarter in New Orleans, a popular spot for tourists. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed two men and wounded two others. Police said both shootings remain under investigation, and ...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Rescuers with helicopters, drones, boats and dogs searched Sunday for a 6-year-old girl missing since Friday, when a truck she was in was swept away while attempting to cross an Arizona creek swollen by runoff from a powerful storm. A boy and a girl, both 5, were ...

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden's past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, ...

House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a ...

Weather delays South Dakota plane crash investigation

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — Harsh wintry weather on Sunday prevented federal investigators from reaching the site in South Dakota where a single-engine plane crashed a day earlier, killing nine people and injuring three others. Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board said ...

Schiff: Impeachment report to come soon after Thanksgiving

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says his committee is preparing an impeachment report to submit to the House Judiciary Committee "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess." In a ...

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to ...

Esper says Trump ordered him to stop SEAL review board

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared on Monday that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America's ...

Conan the dog gets hero’s welcome at White House after raid

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped on it Monday at the White House. Conan, a Belgian Malinois, ...

Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate

By GARY FIELDS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said. The religious leaders praised ...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

By ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a ...

Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as "total nonsense" on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine ...

Feds fight back as Epstein death conspiracy theories swirl

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At another time in history, the indictment of two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself might have served as an emphatic rebuttal to suspicions that the wealthy sex offender was actually ...

‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run ...

5 states resisting creation of panels to promote the census

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau's chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census. Five states ...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to ...

Alleged gunman, victim among 6 charged after game shooting

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI undefined Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that critically wounded a 10-year-old boy and sent players and the packed crowd fleeing in panic. Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the Friday night shooting and was charged ...

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s ...

Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be ...