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2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa's rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before ...

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

By JUAN A. LOZANO undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the ...

Ahead of impeachment trial, Trump suggests not having it

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Senate should simply dismiss the impeachment case against him, an extraordinary suggestion as the House prepares to transmit the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. The Republican ...

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

By JUAN A. LOZANO undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the ...

Pelosi to send impeachment to Senate for historic trial

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps next week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week standoff but confronting the Senate with only the third trial ...

White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people ...

Trump goes out of his way to take a bow, again

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was wonderful news: Researchers reported this past week the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate during 2017. And President Donald Trump didn't miss the chance to take a bow. Trump tweeted: "U.S. Cancer Death ...

House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reigniting a debate over who has the power to declare war, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action ...

CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters

By RACHEL LERMAN and JOSEPH PISANI Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and ...

Independents could decide California’s Democratic primary

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, no prize is bigger than California, which offers more delegates than any other state. And as candidates plot their strategies here, there's an overlooked group of voters ...

US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an ...

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

By DAVID KOENIG and TOM KRISHER AP Airlines Writer Boeing employees raised doubts among themselves about the safety of the 737 Max, apparently tried to hide problems from federal regulators and ridiculed those responsible for designing and overseeing the jetliner, according to a batch of ...

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval process. He said ...

Booker: Impeachment trial could be ‘big blow’ to my campaign

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Cory Booker said a looming impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a "big, big blow" to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 ...

Pelosi says she will ‘soon’ transmit impeachment to Senate

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will "soon'' transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but warned that Senate Republicans are rushing to acquittal without a fair ...

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton's house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from 14,000 ...

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. (AP) — A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using ...

Bolton willing to testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said Monday that he is "prepared to testify" if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Bolton, who left the White House in September, said that ...

9-year-old girl among victims killed in Pennsylvania crash

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 9-year-old New York girl was among the five people killed in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that also injured at least 60 people, authorities said Monday. Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash that happened early Sunday on a ...

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court ahead of sex assault trial

By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and several of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct converged Monday at the New York City courthouse where a judge and his lawyers handled the final preparations for his high-stakes trial on ...