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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 ...