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US vaping illnesses top 500, Missouri man is 8th death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory, up from 380 a week ago.

  Canada’s Trudeau comes under fire over brownface photo

California defends tax return law after setback

House OKs measure to prevent possible end-of-month shutdown

Trump administration says UNC-Duke Middle East program too positive on Islam, threatens to cut federal funds

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

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Sanders still wants a revolution. But now he’s got company.

  Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards; California officials vow to fight back

Trump names hostage envoy Robert O’Brien as national security adviser

Acting intelligence chief agrees to testify after subpoena

  US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian ‘act of war’

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu’s political future in doubt

The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White parties, who based on partial results are currently tied at 32 seats each out of the 120 in parliament.

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

The report, which focuses on data from 2017, does not chronicle the sweeping abortion bans that were enacted earlier this year in several GOP-controlled states.

  Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls

Israelis voted Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power, despite a likely indictment on corruption charges.

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

Snowden published his book, "Permanent Record," without submitting it for a pre-publication review, in violation of non-disclosure agreements he signed with both the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency, the Justice Department alleges.

  Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at impeachment hearing

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

New York prosecutors subpoena Trump’s tax returns, AP source says

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

  Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran

  Trump: US locked and loaded for response to attack on Saudis

Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension

The attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels resulted in "the temporary suspension of production operations" at a Saudi processing facility oil field.

  Veteran saddled with medical debt tells Sanders he’s going to kill himself

During a town hall in Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was confronted by a man who said he was a sick veteran burdened with medical debt.

White House says bin Laden’s son killed in US operation

A statement issued in President Donald Trump's name gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States had confirmed his death. Administration officials would provide no more information beyond the three-sentence statement from the White House.

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying the director is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress.

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn't get access to secret grand jury material amassed during the special counsel's Russia investigation, even as it weighs whether to pursue impeachment.

Appeals court revives suit against Trump over business ties

A lawsuit by restaurant workers and a prominent restaurateur and hotelier who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution was restored Friday by a federal appeals court after a judge on a lower court dismissed it.

GOP lawmaker criticized over AR-15 gun tweet about Beto O’Rourke

Beto O'Rourke has made gun control his signature issue in the aftermath of a mass shooting last month in his hometown of El Paso.

  China says US soybeans, pork to be exempt from tariff hikes

The official Xinhua News Agency announced the step Friday, citing unidentified official sources, but gave no details.

12-year-old Bahamian girl who fled Hurricane Dorian spent days in US gov’t custody

Katyora Paul spent four days at the shelter His House, which more commonly houses children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents.

Lawmakers asking 4 big tech companies for documents in antitrust probe

Letters went out to the four companies on Friday from the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping antitrust investigation of the companies and their impact on competition and consumers.

  AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

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

  Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed over health care, immigration and President Barack Obama's legacy on Thursday in a fierce debate that pitted an aggressive Joe Biden against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

HUD watchdog clears Carson in $31,000 dining set order

HUD's Office of Inspector General launched a probe last year into allegations that Carson violated federal law by authorizing a purchase of more than $5,000 without first notifying congressional appropriations committees, a legal requirement.

  Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The Trump administration put the policy into effect the day after the Supreme Court cleared it to do so while legal challenges move forward.

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Environmental groups criticized the administration's action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under President Barack Obama.

  House committee approves guidelines for Trump impeachment hearings

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says there’s no confusion about what his committee is doing: It’s an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.

  Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

Public health experts say all flavors should be banned and that menthol can still hook kids on vaping.

Abortion, border wall put major spending bills into disarray

The bills are needed to fill in the details of this summer's budget and debt deal, which increased the government's borrowing cap so it won't default on its payments and Treasury notes.

Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports.

  Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

  Publix asks customers not to openly carry guns in stores

This is not a gun ban in Publix stores, just a request

  Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

Trump says "I never did that" and claimed the report was more "fake news."

  Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

The surprise White House announcement could remake the multibillion-dollar vaping industry, which has been driven by sales of flavored nicotine formulas such as "grape slushie" and "strawberry cotton candy."

  18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11

"Eighteen years. We will not forget. We cannot forget," Bud Salter, who lost his sister, Catherine, said at ground zero.

Tent courts set to open on border for US asylum seekers

The court, or "soft-sided" facility as U.S. officials call it, is scheduled to begin operations Monday in Laredo, Texas. Another is expected to open soon in Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

  New, revised order to counter terrorism expands ability to go after financiers and supporters

President Donald Trump issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after terrorists and their financiers and supporters.

EPA to reduce use of animal testing in predicting hazards

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to sharply cut its use of animals for toxicity testing.

Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they ‘disagreed strongly’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

Judge sets new sentencing date for Michael Flynn

A federal judge has set a Dec. 18 sentencing date for Michael Flynn as a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser accused federal prosecutors of “egregious government misconduct.”

Officials spar with senators over plan for mortgage giants

The two finance companies nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $190 billion.

Share of Americans without health insurance rises for 1st time in a decade

An estimated 27.5 million people, 8.5% of the population, went without health insurance in 2018. That was an increase of 1.9 million uninsured people, or 0.5 percentage point.

Report: Commerce secretary threatened firings at NOAA if they didn’t refute NWS Birmingham’s Dorian tweet

According to three people cited in the Times report on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called the acting NOAA administrator and told him to fix the National Weather Service’s contradiction of Trump’s claim.

Sarah Palin’s husband appears to be seeking a divorce

The papers, which provide only initials, were filed Friday by T.M.P. against S.L.P.

NOAA scientist: Agency likely broke science integrity rules for chastising office that contradicted Trump

The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

  States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The probes into Google and Facebook widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

  Dorian: Bahamas evacuees wrongly removed from ship amid visa confusion

An announcement was made over the boat's speaker system. About 130 people got off the boat Sunday. The ferry then headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Trump presents medal to Ohio, Texas mass shootings heroes

Trump also recognized five civilians who put themselves at risk after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August.

Juul warned over claims its e-cigarette is safer than smoking

FDA officials said Juul also made the pitch at school presentations.

Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now “dead”

The Afghan government remains mostly on the sidelines of the U.S. effort to end America's longest war. And as Trump's reelection campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far.

Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

"I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Politico first reported that the military transport that took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in March spent the night at the Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow.

A Purdue bankruptcy would make opioids cases even messier

The attorneys general directly involved in the negotiations with the maker of OxyContin and the Sackler family said they anticipated Purdue filing soon for bankruptcy protection.

Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that a secret meeting slated for the following day at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan leaders was canceled because of a Taliban attack in Kabul on Thursday.

NOAA assailed for defending Trump’s Hurricane Dorian claim

Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium "much more beyond" current levels to weapons-grade material.

Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes

Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

  In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems urge voters to not play it safe

Saturday's convention kicked off a critical stretch of the campaign in New Hampshire, which in February will hold the nation's first primary.

Fed Chairman Powell says he doesn’t expect recession

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave an upbeat view of the U.S. economy during an appearance with Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan in Switzerland.

House Judiciary preparing vote on impeachment hearing rules

The details are still being negotiated, but a procedural vote next week could set rules for the hearings, according to a person familiar with the plan.

Trump challenges California power to control auto pollution

The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California's authority to set its own automotive emissions standards in a battle over mileage rules.

Mugabe dies; liberated Zimbabwe then held it for 37 years

Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe forced to resign in 2017 after a 37-year rule whose early promise was eroded by economic turmoil, disputed elections and human rights violations, has died.

Ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz rules out independent 2020 bid

Schultz announced in June he was taking a “detour” from a possible independent 2020 bid, citing health concerns. The billionaire businessman said at the time he’d revisit his presidential ambitions after Labor Day.

Treasury unveils plan to privatize Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a total cost to taxpayers of $187 billion.

Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage

The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California's authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday.

San Francisco declares NRA ‘domestic terrorist organization’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution this week that says it “intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization.”

Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls

Climate change moved squarely to the center of the Democratic presidential race Wednesday in a marathon series of televised town halls that gave candidates a chance to carve out some distance from one another on an issue of heightened importance to their party's liberal base.

Michigan moves to be 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

The governer says in a written statement that her No. 1 priority is keeping kids safe, and she wants to stop companies that are using candy flavors to "hook children on nicotine."

Prominent DC lawyer acquitted in foreign lobbying case

The jury in the case of Greg Craig, a former White House counsel in the Obama administration, deliberated for about four hours before reaching its verdict.