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Dems kick off Iowa caucuses amid worry over beating Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES, THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic campaign that has cost more than $1 billion, dashed the ambitions of veteran politicians, forced conversations about race, gender and identity and prompted fierce debate over health ...

Iowa in Focus: Democrats open 2020 with hope, anxiety

By The Associated Press undefined Hopeful but also afraid. Uncertain but still focused. Iowa's Democrats will arrive at their 2020 kickoff caucuses on Monday with a mix of emotions and one urgent mission: voting President Donald Trump out of office in November. For months, Associated Press ...

Klobuchar: Not aware of questionable evidence in teen’s case

By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that she was not aware of questionable evidence and police tactics used to send a young black teen to prison for life when she was a top Minneapolis prosecutor. But much of what The Associated Press found ...

Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

By MALLIKA SEN Associated Press The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in ...

GOP doesn’t have votes to block witnesses, McConnell says

By ERIC TUCKER, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders do not yet have the votes to block Democrats' demand for more witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded to fellow GOP senators ...

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last ...

Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

By JAY REEVES Associated Press SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Roughly two dozen people lived on Dock B at Jackson County Park Marina, and none was rich or famous. They were middle-class adults and children, not yachters, folks who liked having a Tennessee River bywater for their backyard. A fire ...

Sanders’ Social Security ‘adjustments’ undercut Biden attack

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and BILL BARROW Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a congressman in the 1990s, Bernie Sanders expressed an openness to making "adjustments" to the tax and benefit structure of Social Security. He also praised an overhaul of the social safety net program signed into ...

Kobe Bryant’s body, other crash victims identified

By BRIAN MELLEY, DAVID KOENIG and BERNARD CONDON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bodies of Kobe Bryant and three other people killed when a helicopter smashed into a foggy Los Angeles-hillside have been identified, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Tuesday. Fingerprints ...

Trump lauds US economy in Davos

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's led a "spectacular" turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus of this year's ...

Trump impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding over whether to remove him from office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals and ...

Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The ...

2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. Iowans are legendary for expecting to meet White House hopefuls in person — multiple times — and the candidate ...

Virginia’s capital braces for gun-rights rally

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gun-rights activists and other groups began to descend on Virginia's capital city Monday to protest Democrats' plans to pass gun-control legislation. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ...

Martin Luther King holiday: Faith, politics mix this holiday

By JEFF AMY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The nation is marking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes Monday recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year. In an ...

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

By BILL BARROW and JULIE PACE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris' advisers assessed the Democratic primary field early in her campaign, they viewed Joe Biden as headed for an inevitable collapse and Bernie Sanders as unlikely to recapture the magic of his 2016 ...

Homes burn after shooter kills 2 Honolulu officers

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER KELLEHER and MARCO GARCIA Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A man shot and killed two police officers Sunday as they responded to a home in a leafy neighborhood beneath the rim of a famed volcanic crater near Waikiki Beach, authorities said. The officers were ...

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

BY ALAN SUDERMAN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in ...

Ex-US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump to be president was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when ...

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

By RYAN J. FOLEY and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that ...