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

The billboard featuring a model binding a Trump look-alike with red, white and blue rope while stomping on his face, was put up as part of an advertising campaign by Dhvani, a Portland-based clothing company.

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

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

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

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

2 plead not guilty to conspiring with Giuliani associates

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

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  Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

  Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

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

  Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

  Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

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

  Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

  Hunter Biden denies doing anything wrong in Ukraine, China

  Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

  Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

  Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

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.

Judge rejects Trump challenge to release of his tax returns

Trump's lawyers immediately appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, also based in Manhattan, meaning the returns are unlikely to be turned over immediately.

  Profit, not politics: What some Trump allies did in Ukraine

Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine's massive state gas company.

  NBA’s reaction to Morey tweet differs in English, Chinese

Morey tweeted an image that read "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong." referring to the four-month-old protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. That led to Houston owner Tilman Fertitta turning to Twitter to say that Morey does not speak for the Rockets, and sparking an outcry that in

  US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to American allies across the globe.

  Supreme Court begins election-year term full of big cases

Chief Justice John Roberts wants to keep the court clear of partisan politics, but the justices could be asked to intervene in disputes between congressional Democrats and the White House.

AP sources: Trump allies pressed Ukraine over gas firm

This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine's massive state gas company.

  US diplomat’s wife leaves UK amid fatal crash investigation

Police said they were preparing to arrest and formally interview the woman, who has not been officially named.

  Lawyer: 2nd Trump whistleblower spoke to inspector general

Lawyer Mark Zaid told The Associated Press in a text message Sunday that the second whistleblower, who also works in intelligence, hasn't filed a complaint with the inspector general but does have "firsthand knowledge that supported" the original whistleblower.

  Aide: Rick Perry pushed Trump for Ukraine call, for energy issues

Trump on Friday evening told House Republicans that it was Perry who had teed up the July call with Ukraine, according to a person familiar with Trump's new comments who was granted anonymity to discuss the private conference call.

Witness in ex-Dallas officer’s murder trial shot and killed

Joshua Brown, the neighbor of Botham Jean who testified for prosecutors at Amber Guyger’s trial, was shot and killed Friday evening at a Dallas apartment complex.

North Korea decries breakdown of talks US says were ‘good’

Saturday's talks were the first between the U.S. and North Korea since the February breakdown of the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

Sen. Bernie Sanders home in Vermont after heart attack

The 78-year-old boarded a plane Saturday, just one day after he was released from a hospital.

Revelations in impeachment inquiry rattle State Department

The State Department has been deeply shaken by the rapidly escalating impeachment inquiry, as revelations that President Donald Trump enlisted diplomats to dig up dirt on a political rival threaten to tarnish its reputation as a nonpartisan arm of U.S. foreign policy, former senior officials said Fr

Pompeo blasts Ukraine critics for ‘silly gotcha game’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Greece on the last leg of a four-nation European tour that has been overshadowed by the impeachment inquiry in Washington.

  Campaign: Bernie Sanders had heart attack, released from hospital

The 78-year-old was hospitalized after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday.

  Impeachment probe reaches into White House with new subpoena

Trump acknowledged that Democrats in the House “have the votes” to begin a formal impeachment inquiry.

Barack and Michelle Obama post 27th-anniversary tributes on Twitter

The Obamas got married in Chicago on October 3, 1992.

Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

Microsoft declined to identify the presidential campaign, citing privacy concerns.

  US unemployment rate hits a 50-year low even as hiring slows

The figures show that hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed and businesses have reduced their investment spending.

  US diplomats pushed Ukraine to investigate, dangled Trump visit

In the texts, Volker and two other diplomats discuss how to navigate Trump’s requests for the probe into his political rival.

Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

The justices won’t hear arguments until the winter and a decision is likely to come by the end of June, four months before the presidential election.

Report: Energy Secretary Rick Perry to resign by end of 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is reportedly planning to step down from his position by year’s end.

Sanders to be at Democratic debate following heart procedure

The Democratic presidential candidate had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and canceled events and appearances "until further notice."

Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention

Sheltering migrant children has become a growing business for one contractor, as the number of minors in government custody has swollen to record levels in the past two years.