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  In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?

The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the U.S. is estimated at a staggering 16 million, creating logistical challenges to take them out of circulation.

  Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

  Biden: Trump ‘deserves’ to be investigated over Ukraine call

  Trump, in call, urged Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son

23 states sue Trump to keep California’s auto emission rules

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

  Experts: Human trafficking is hidden tragedy of broken immigration system

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

  Iran envoy: ‘All-out war’ to result if hit for Saudi attack

  Administration blocks ‘urgent’ whistleblower disclosure

  Canada’s Trudeau comes under fire over brownface photo

California defends tax return law after setback

California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is constitutional despite a legal setback.

  Emily England Clyburn -- librarian, philanthropist and wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn -- dies at age 80

Dr. Emily England Clyburn leaves behind her husband, their three daughters, and four grandchildren.

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

The bill gives lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies.

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

An Aug. 29 letter from the U.S. Education Department orders the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to revise its offerings by Sept. 22 or risk losing future funding from a federal grant.

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

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’

Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the U.S. it will retaliate immediately if it is targeted.

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

A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely 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' first impeachment hearing quickly turned hostile Tuesday as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and said they were "focusing on petty and personal politics."

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September.

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

New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

Kavanaugh was confirmed in October after emotional hearings in the Senate over a sexual assault allegation from his high school years.

  Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran

U.S. officials offered satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom's crucial Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key oil field.

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

President Donald Trump said the U.S. had reason to believe it knew who was behind the attack — his secretary of state had blamed Iran the previous day — and assured his Twitter followers that "we are ... locked and loaded" depending on verification and were waiting to hear from the Saudis as to who

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.

Texas GOP lawmaker’s tweet escalates tension over guns

A Texas state representative is being criticized for tweeting he had an assault weapon ready for Democratic president candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Vow to ban assault weapons gives O’Rourke debate breakout

In the wake of the El Paso shooting, O'Rourke has remade his presidential bid.

  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.

  Voters eager to hear more about economy as Biden leads race ahead of third Democratic debate

Democratic voters say they are interested in getting a chance to compare the top 10 candidates’ policies.

  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.