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Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN, and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, "not show weakness" and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets that urged four Democratic congresswomen of color to ...

Police officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death won’t be charged

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, MICHAEL R. SISAK, COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — ...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey’s ‘drift’ from West

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air ...

Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' ...

R. Kelly expected to appear for court hearing Tuesday

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. U.S. District Judge Harry ...

Louisiana braces for slow-moving possible weekend hurricane

By KEVIN McGILL and REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for coastal Louisiana and Mississippi — the possibility that the flooded Mississippi River will be lapping at the tops of levees this ...

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s straight talk on race

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer Pete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: "Good intentions are not going to be enough." The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he's out of touch with black people and ...

Trump lashes out on Twitter ahead of social media ‘summit’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump is on a Twitter tirade ahead of his White House "Social Media Summit" gathering of mostly conservative groups. Trump is tweeting against social media companies, the press and his Democratic rivals, while calling himself "so great looking and smart, a true ...

Biden to promise US return to forefront of world democracies

By BILL BARROW Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans a sweeping foreign policy address in which he will promise to reassert American leadership in combating the authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President ...

Acosta defends Epstein deal amid calls for his resignation

By JILL COLVIN and RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein, insisting he got the toughest deal he ...