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Congress demands answers from Trump about Soleimani killing

By ROBERT BURNS and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also ...

Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after President Donald Trump drove the rules of politics over a cliff to win the Republican presidential nomination and ultimately the White House, Democrats will go through their own version of the same test. In less ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan ...

As 2020 dawns, Trump looks to boost evangelical support

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In his first campaign move of the 2020 election year, President Donald Trump on Friday will visit a mega-church in Miami to highlight his support among evangelicals as he aims to shore up and expand support from ...

Calls to loved ones reveal rough conditions before sinking

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE undefined JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Calls to loved ones in the lead-up to the sinking of a crab boat in the cold waters off Alaska revealed the rough conditions the crew faced, including icing that did not seem to rattle the boat's captain. Gary Cobban Jr., ...

Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that his campaign had raised an impressive $34.5 million in the final three months of last year, solidifying him as the quarter's top fundraiser in the crowded Democratic presidential field. Former Vice ...

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren't on the books in their own states. As ...

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members missing after a crab fishing vessel sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the ...

US starts sending asylum seekers across Arizona border

By ASTRID GALVAN and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN undefined PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities are expanding a ...

Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the ...