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1 year after Illinois shooting, police push gun-fee hike

By JOHN O'CONNOR | February 13, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In the year since five workers died in a suburban Chicago warehouse shooting, state officials have beefed up illegal firearms enforcement efforts, including the first-ever operations by state authorities to confiscate weapons...

Trump slams ex-adviser who defended key impeachment witness

By AAMER MADHANI | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out against former White House chief of staff John Kelly for being disloyal after he came to the defense of a former national security aide who offered key testimony in the impeachment inquiry.The...

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, is returning to the White House as the president works to surround himself with loyalists as his reelection campaign moves into high gear.Hicks, a...

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the construction of President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall, angering...

Arizona Senate panel OKs city liability for gun-free zones

By BOB CHRISTIE | February 13, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate panel on Thursday advanced a measure that would make government entities that don’t allow guns on their property liable if people are shot on their premises.The proposal from Republican Sen. David Gowan would allow...

Senate moves to limit Trump on military force against Iran

By MATTHEW DALY | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the...

AP Exclusive: Pro-Trump effort raises over $60M in January

By ZEKE MILLER | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pro-Donald Trump groups raised more than $60 million in January and have more than $200 million on hand for this year's general election, shattering fundraising records on the path toward a goal of raising $1 billion this cycle.The...

Wisconsin man sentenced for trying to buy nuclear material

February 13, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin political activist who admitted to trying to buy a lethal dose of a radioactive substance online was sentenced to two years of supervised release.Jeremy Ryan, 31, also was sentenced Wednesday to time served, WISC-TV...

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

February 13, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made.Von der Leyen,...

Ex-Ukraine ambassador: State Department leaders lack vision

By BEN FOX | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The career U.S. diplomat who was ousted from her post in Ukraine by President Donald Trump, then was criticized by him as she testified at his impeachment hearings, warned that the State Department is facing a crisis with senior leaders...

With impeachment over, critics see Trump ‘retribution tour’


WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend...

The Latest: Bloomberg says he’s prepared to take on Trump

February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential primary campaign (all times local):8:50 p.m.Michael Bloomberg says none of the other candidates in the Democratic primary field had answers when asked in last week’s debate why they’re better...