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Poll finds hunger for change to US system of government

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. "Right now we're being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to ...

Colorado Sen. Bennet launches Democratic presidential bid

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press DENVER (AP) — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public ...

Suspect in synagogue attack stuns family with radical turn

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON Associated Press POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The lone suspect in a fatal attack on a Southern California synagogue was a star scholar, athlete and musician whose embrace of white supremacy and anti-Semitism has dumbfounded his family and others who thought they ...

Trump says he wants asylum seekers to pay a fee to apply

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing charging asylum seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. In a presidential memorandum signed ...

Buttigieg making new effort to reach black voters, talk race

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK and SARA BURNETT Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From lunch with a civil rights leader in Harlem to meetings at a historically black university in South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a new, concerted effort to appeal to African ...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020, dimming her party's hopes of a Senate majority and renewing speculation about her political future after last year's unsuccessful run for governor catapulted ...

Trump sues banks to block House subpoenas for records

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their banking and financial records. The lawsuit by Trump, sons ...

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 White House bid

By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on ...

Pentagon watchdog clears acting chief Shanahan of wrongdoing

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's watchdog agency has cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co., a U.S. ...

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too ...

Who’s running for president? Meet the Democratic candidates

By The Associated Press undefined With the entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, the field is largely set, with all the big names included. The sprawling Democratic field features candidates ranging from 37 to 77 years old; ...

California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations

By MEGAN DISKIN, Ventura County Star; and EVAN WYLOGE, Palm Springs Desert Sun undefined PARADISE, California (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe ...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a ...

Harris’ campaign focuses on black colleges for support

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect ...

Columbine honors 13 lost with community service, ceremony

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood ...

Trump brushes off Romney’s criticism, points to loss in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney says he's "sickened" by the dishonesty the Russia investigation found in the Trump White House, but the president fires back that Romney should have put the same energy into running for president in 2012 that the Utah Republican has tapped in criticizing ...

Armed civilian border group member arrested in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested Saturday in a border community on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, authorities ...

After 2 years of waiting, Americans will see Mueller report

By CHAD DAY, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller— but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is ...

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, ...

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s church in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man was arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, the New York Police Department said, just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The unidentified 37-year-old man had ...