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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper says the "impulsive" decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war. Esper says the invasion puts America's Syrian Kurdish partners "in harm's way," but insists the Kurds are not being abandoned. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 11, 2019 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to Turkey's offensive into Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy Capt. Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman,...
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October 11, 2019 - 7:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Kevin McAleenan is out as the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and says he will be announcing a new acting secretary in the next week. Trump says on Twitter that McAleenan has done an outstanding job and border crossings are down...
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National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. O’Brien said late Thursday, Oct. 10, that he wants to gradually eliminate about half of the 178 staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months. O’Brien, who recently took over after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by the president, portrayed the cuts as an effort to return to staffing levels of the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new national security adviser plans to dramatically cut the White House foreign policy unit as it comes under scrutiny over a whistleblower's complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry by Congress. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said late...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on his future budget request, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A business executive Perry recommended as an adviser to Ukraine’s government exaggerated his military credentials, according to veterans who examined his record. Robert Joseph Bensh claimed to have been a member of the U.S. military’s most elite units: Army Rangers, Special Forces and Delta Force. But a summary of his military career shows he spent less than five years in uniform, almost all of it with the Army National Guard. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )
October 11, 2019 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials, according to U.S. veterans who said he scrubbed the false information from online profiles after learning they were...
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Chris Miller
October 11, 2019 - 5:28 pm
The Little League World Champion River Ridge All-Stars visited the White House today. Congressman Steve Scalise helped set up the visit after the team won the world championship in August. But instead of traveling home by flying commercial, the kids were able to catch a ride with the president...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. How much members of the Sackler family should be held accountable for the role their company, Purdue Pharma, played in the nation’s opioid crisis will be at the center of a hearing in federal bankruptcy court. State attorneys general who are pressing separate state claims against the Sacklers want their cases to continue even as Purdue’s bankruptcy case plays out. They will make that argument on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 before a bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 11, 2019 - 4:53 pm
The Latest on the Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A judge has agreed to pause lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and the OxyContin maker's owners until next month with the intention of stopping suits longer so a settlement can be worked out to nearly 2,600 suits against the...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
October 11, 2019 - 2:40 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats, Muslims and other groups condemned President Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the state for welcoming so many Somali refugees, and they called out Republican leaders for failing to criticize his statements. At his campaign rally Thursday night in...
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Police gather near the Capitol South Station Metro stop near Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Police say a boy has been stabbed and seriously injured near the Capitol. The Metropolitan Police Department says officers are looking for a 14-year-old girl in connection with the stabbing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 11, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A boy was stabbed and seriously injured near the U.S. Capitol Friday afternoon following an altercation with a teenage girl aboard a Metro train, officials said. The stabbing occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the Capitol South Metro station, about a block from the Cannon House Office...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a federal investigation into Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval (all times local): 1:30 p.m. An Illinois state senator has resigned his post as head of the chamber's Transportation Committee amid a federal investigation into alleged bribery, theft of federal...
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October 11, 2019 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President...
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