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Romney, Sasse break from GOP on Trump’s China remarks

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republican leaders were silent or supportive of President Donald Trump's public call for another foreign government, China, to investigate his political foe, while a handful voiced concern that the president was ...

President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER AND RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas ...

GOP split over impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the "deep state." And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden's son. As the Democrats drive an impeachment ...

Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The privately held company based in ...

What’s next as House committees launch impeachment probes

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Democratic leaders have instructed committees to move quickly — and not to lose ...

Activists wonder why political donor wasn’t arrested sooner

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a dead man was carried out of Ed Buck's apartment two years ago, members of the gay political club he lavished with thousands of dollars in political donations swiftly ousted him. Buck attempted a comeback in early January, ...

High-flying marijuana vapes take hit from health scare

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal ...

Census: Inequality grew, including in heartland states

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau figures. Income inequality in the United States expanded ...

Acting intel boss to speak; Dems call complaint ‘disturbing’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to speak publicly for the first time about a secret whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump as House Democrats who have read the document say it is ...

Trump ‘has got to be stopped’: Dems defy impeachment risks

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are embracing an impeachment investigation that could jeopardize their House majority and alienate the very suburban voters who have warmed to the party in recent elections and will be vital to defeat President Donald ...