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Saturday 07/20/2019
Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 6:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he's even saying it at all.

Pogopalooza bounces into Pittsburgh for pogo competition
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 5:16 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pogopalooza, known as the World Championships of Pogo, is bouncing into Pittsburgh this weekend.

Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 5:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences.

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 3:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal.

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 3:02 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle.

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:16 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics.

Glacier officials teed off over tourists' golf break
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 6:46 pm

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials are teed off over a report that tourists were hitting golf balls off Going-to-the-Sun Road during a traffic delay.

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:32 pm

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention efforts.

What consumers can do as regulators weigh compounds' risks
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 5:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, Tomas Monarrez didn't notice the labels when he went shopping for pots and pans.

Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:32 pm

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he's still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America.

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 7:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman.

Florida woman accused of assault over pizza slice
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 6:45 am

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman in Florida who they say tried to attack another woman with a knife when she was denied a slice of pizza.

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:31 am

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Friday 07/19/2019
Service resuming after 7 New York City subway lines stopped
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:04 am

NEW YORK (AP) — About a third of New York City's subway lines were suspended for more than an hour during Friday's hot evening commute, and the head of the city's Transit Authority acknowledged that the agency "did not know exactly where our trains were."

Today in History
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 11:30 pm

Today in History

Events fall as mercury rises; moon commemoration called off
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast for the weekend.

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:32 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?

Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:46 pm

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida sheriff launched an investigation Friday into whether his department properly monitored the wealthy financer Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls.

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West.

Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home in Florida
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:01 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump challenges Fed with dubious theory
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 5:13 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flipping interest-rate theory on its head as he tries to blame the Fed for holding back growth.

Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump feud with 'the squad'
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is weighing in on President Donald Trump's escalating feud with four minority Democratic lawmakers known as "the squad."

'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere.

Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:16 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home.

Plastic or paper? Trump campaign weighs in on straw debate
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president and his reelection campaign are mocking efforts to replace plastic straws with paper ones and turning that disdain into a fundraising gimmick.

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May.

Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump.

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:46 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts:

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:02 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump.

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:17 pm

The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate.

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West.

AP OPINION: Trump, Harris both wrong about auto sector
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 1:15 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Renaissance or ruin? Americans are being presented with two starkly different accounts of the state of the auto industry, one from President Donald Trump and the other from California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate. Neither is accurate.

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country.

Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 11:46 am

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead.

AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance.

Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes" — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce.

Trump's harsh words on 'squad' reinforce dark posts online
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online.

Riders stuck for 2 hours on Six Flags coaster in Maryland
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:31 am

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Roller coaster riders were stuck atop a hill for nearly two hours at a Six Flags amusement park in Maryland when the ride malfunctioned.

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump's conduct.

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:45 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before.

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so.

Thursday 07/18/2019
Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:01 am

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

The Latest: New mid-engine Corvette starts at $60,000
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:17 pm

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the introduction of the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette: (all times local):

Today in History
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

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