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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 ...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed ...

2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self

By STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A student pulled a gun from his backpack and opened fire at a Southern California high school Thursday, killing two students and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head on his 16th birthday, ...