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White House readying emergency coronavirus budget request

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is readying an urgent budget request to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak whose rapid spread is spooking financial markets and restricting international travel.The request is still being developed but is likely...

‘Promises kept’ mantra doesn’t always match Trump’s reality

By KEVIN FREKING | February 23, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — “It's been three years of promises made and promises kept, but we’re just getting started, (insert state here)."That line from Vice President Mike Pence is a hallmark of how he introduces President Donald Trump to campaign rally...

Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives

By NASSER KARIMI | February 21, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically.The disqualification of more...

EU nations end summit without agreement on budget

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT | February 21, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders broke up a marathon budget summit without a deal Friday and will have to reconvene for another meeting on the divisive issue in the coming weeks.After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise,...

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

By SUSAN HAIGH | February 21, 2020

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from...

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

By MICHAEL TARM | February 20, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for...

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

By RAF CASERT and ANGELA CHARLTON | February 20, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long —...

Conflict of interest fears cast shadow over EU budget talks

By LORNE COOK | February 20, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to...

W.Va. gov says economy is rosy, but doubters not buying that

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE | February 20, 2020

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state's economy has improved since he took office.But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve...

Pentagon chief visits nuke base to highlight weapon spending

By ROBERT BURNS | February 20, 2020

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal....

California governor makes homelessness top issue in 2020

By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON | February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California's governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity.Governorstypically...

Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER | February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program’s first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday.The...