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2 Giuliani associates plead not guilty in campaign-cash case

Two Rudy Giuliani associates, both wearing American flag lapel pins, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they used foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions to politicians and committees to advance their business interests.

  Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

  Iraq official: US troops from Syria to leave Iraq in 4 weeks

  US diplomat: Trump linked Ukraine aid to demand for probe

  Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

U.S. House passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony

Anonymous Trump official writing ‘unprecedented’ inside take

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  Russia, Turkey to share control of NE Syria

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year

  Diplomat provides House with ‘disturbing’ account on Ukraine

Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized after fall at Georgia home

Canada’s Trudeau wins second term, loses the majority

Russian trolls are back: Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Justice Department on Monday issued amended regulations that would mandate DNA collection for almost all migrants who cross between official entry points and are held even temporarily.

Public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks

There's no federal law compelling state and local governments to share information when an electoral system is hacked. And a federal policy keeps details secret by shielding the identity of all cyber victims regardless of whether election systems are involved.

Trump scraps plan to host G-7 at his Doral golf resort

President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort.

  Kurds evacuate Syrian town in 1st pullout of cease-fire

Kurdish officials say the evacuation of the town of Ras al-Ayn will be followed by a withdrawal of their forces from a broader section of the border with Turkey, a central requirement of the cease-fire deal.

  Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back

  Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat

  US troops in Syria going to Iraq, not home as Trump claims

Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Democratic voters concentrate on candidates, not impeachment

Clothing co. gets attention with Times Square billboard of hog-tied Trump

Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

Dan Brouillette worked as an assistant energy secretary under George W. Bush and a Louisiana state energy regulator.

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe

The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.

  White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

The admission from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney undercut the president's position that there was no quid pro quo during Trump's phone call with the Ukraine president that sparked the House investigation.

  US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy by Trump

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive.

  US picks Trump resort for G-7; critics call choice ‘brazen’

The idea of holding the G-7 summit at Trump's resort has been criticized by government ethics watchdogs.

  Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year’s end

Perry, 69, a former Texas governor, has been energy secretary since March 2017, making him one of the longest-serving members of Trump's Cabinet, which has seen huge turnover.

2 plead not guilty to conspiring with Giuliani associates

David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin are among four men charged with using straw donors to make illegal contributions to politicians they thought could help their political and business interests, including committees supporting President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

  US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border.

  Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

With the ink barely dry on the proposal and Johnson still happily backslapping EU leaders at a summit in Brussels, a chorus of British party leaders said they would vote against the deal.

  Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs.

  Impeachment inquiry: Diplomat resigned due to Trump administration’s politicization of foreign policy

The testimony so far, mainly officials from the State Department and other foreign policy posts, largely corroborates the account of the government whistleblower whose complaint first sparked the impeachment inquiry, according to lawmakers.

  Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive.

  Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against IS extremists.

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps.

British family decries being ‘treated like criminals’ after US border crossing

The family said they accidentally crossed into Washington state from Canada while trying to avoid an animal in the road, but U.S. officials assert the crossing was purposeful.

US retail sales dip 0.3% in September

Consumer spending was strong in the spring and economists had been counting on continued strength to protect the U.S. economy as it is buffeted by the fallout from President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

  Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats’ top rank

The three leading candidates face the most intense spotlight that could expose glaring liabilities in their quest for the White House.

  AP FACT CHECK: Dems debate on guns, Syria, health care

Here's a look at how some of their claims from Westerville, Ohio, stack up with the facts:

  Vivid details emerge on Ukraine as impeachment quickens

The impeachment inquiry is revealing vivid new details about the high-level unease over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, and those of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as the swift-moving probe by House Democrats showed no signs Tuesday of easing.

  Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

Now in its seventh day, Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters has caused tens of thousands to flee their homes, has upended alliances and is re-drawing the map of northern Syria for yet another time in the 8-year-old war.

  Hunter Biden denies doing anything wrong in Ukraine, China

Hunter Biden also says he failed to take into account potential implications for his father's political career. The former vice president is a front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest.

  Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures.

  Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

The Turks began attacks in Syria against the Kurds, longtime U.S. battlefield allies against ISIS, after President Donald Trump declared U.S. troops would stay out of the fight.

  Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Fiona Hill wouldn't comment as she arrived on Capitol Hill, but her attorney said she had received a congressional subpoena and would "comply and answer questions" from lawmakers. She resigned from the White House National Security Council over the summer.

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in July requiring the U.S. Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, to compile citizenship information through state and federal administrative records.

NY Times: Violent meme showing Trump shooting media, political opponents shown at Trump resort

In the video, Trump's critics and media members are portrayed as parishioners fleeing his gruesome rampage. The fake Trump strikes the late Sen. John McCain in the neck, hits and stabs TV personality Rosie O'Donnell in the face and lights Sen. Bernie Sanders' head on fire.

Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese board

Hunter Biden, the 49-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, revealed his plan in an internet post written by his attorney who outlined a defense of the younger Biden's work in Ukraine and China.

Islamic State supporters escape in Syria as US pulls back

American forces no longer control ground communications with the Syrian Kurdish fighters they had previously partnered with.

  Trump backs Giuliani, but some aides wish he would cut ties

Behind the scenes, many of Trump's closest aides and advisers quietly wish the president would cut ties with Giuliani.

After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall

A Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall, shaped by unpredictable events and the deepening impeachment crisis surrounding President Donald Trump.

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

  Former envoy to Ukraine defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her

Marie Yovanovitch said in an opening statement obtained by The Associated Press that she was "abruptly" recalled in May and told the president had lost confidence in her.

Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid

The ruling came just days before the Trump administration was set to start enforcing new rules that would disqualify immigrants from getting legal U.S. residency if they were likely to become a burden on public welfare programs.

Federal judge rules against use of emergency funds to build border wall

Back in February, President Trump declared the situation at the U.S. border with Mexico a national emergency, which allowed him to bypass Congress and use money allotted for military construction to build a wall along the border.

US suspends tariff hike in limited China deal

The tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports were set to rise from 25% to 30%.

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares ‘Congressman 1’

An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But the donations described in the indictment match campaign finance reports for former Rep. Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican who lost his re-election bid in November 2018.

  2020 Democratic candidates pledge support to LGBTQ community

Rivals for the party's nomination to challenge Trump took turns criticizing the administration and detailing personal stories to underline their points before an audience of LGBTQ members, activists and supporters.

Trump administration ramps up deportations to Cuba

After seeking asylum in the United States at the Mexican border, Pablo Sanchez was placed in a detention center and is now facing what has become an increasingly common scenario under President Donald Trump: deportation to Cuba.

Sen. Lindsey Graham prank called by Russians

A spokesperson for Graham confirmed to CNN that the South Carolina Republican spoke with two Russian pranksters in a conversation he thought was with Turkey’s defense minister.

Florida men tied to Giuliani, Ukraine probe arrested

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested Wednesday night trying to flee the country with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.

Envoy to Ukraine was removed after pushback on Giuliani

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani's requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her.

  Ukraine president: ‘No blackmail’ in conversation with Trump

Ukraine's president insisted Thursday that he faced "no blackmail" from President Donald Trump in their phone call that led to an impeachment inquiry.

House Democrats subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees sent Rick Perry a subpoena Thursday.

  Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

It was wrenchingly familiar for the many who only a few years ago had fled the advances on their towns and villages by the Islamic State group.

Retiree checks to rise modestly with a cost of living adjustment amid push to expand benefits

The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. Following a significant boost this year, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2020 reverts to its pattern of moderate gains.

  Polls show close divide over Trump impeachment and removal

Several polls published since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24 show a shift in views from earlier this year as the House of Representatives investigates whether Trump violated his oath of office.

  For 1st time, Joe Biden calls for Trump to be impeached

Joe Biden said Trump is "shooting holes in the Constitution" by asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election and then refusing to cooperate with a resulting House impeachment inquiry.

  NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai amid furor over GM’s tweet

The teams were practicing in Shanghai, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were canceled as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters.

  Turkey launches offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States.

  Recuperating Bernie Sanders says he may slow down campaigning pace

"We were doing, in some cases, five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people. I don't think I'm going to do that," Sanders told reporters when asked what his schedule may look like going forward.

  Trump declares it in writing: He won’t cooperate in impeachment probe

The White House declared Tuesday it will not cooperate with what it termed the "illegitimate" impeachment probe by House Democrats, sharpening the constitutional clash between President Donald Trump and Congress.

Senators warn of foreign social media meddling in US vote

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to warn the public about efforts by foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections.

  Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

In the first of two cases, the justices heard arguments on whether a federal law banning job discrimination on the basis of sex should also protect sexual orientation. Lower courts have split on the issue. A related case on transgender employees is also being heard Tuesday.

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

The ACLU says officers "cruelly twisted" the rules by detaining immigrant spouses following marriage interviews.

Ellen DeGeneres defends friendship with George W. Bush

DeGeneres, who welcomed Bush on her show in 2017, didn't back down from the criticism.

  Turkey says it won’t bow to Trump’s threat over its Syria plans

Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to limit the scope of its expected assault.

Despite fall, former President Carter helps build home

Carter fell at home on Sunday, requiring 14 stiches, but he did not let his injuries keep him from participating in his 36th building project with the nonprofit Christian housing organization. He turned 95 last Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone.

  After stumbles, White House aims to hone impeachment defense

As House Democrats fire off more subpoenas, the White House is finalizing a high-stakes strategy to counter the impeachment threat to President Donald Trump: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat.