Government and politics

FILE - In this April 2, 2109 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leads a meeting to call for subpoenas after a career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump's administration were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds, on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was...
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrive for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Britain and the European Union reached a new tentative Brexit deal on Thursday, hoping to finally escape the acrimony, divisions and frustration of their three-year divorce battle. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 11:50 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6:50 p.m. EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier says the U.K. will remain "our economic partner, our friend and our ally" to guarantee Europe's security. Speaking after EU leaders endorsed a new withdrawal agreement, Barnier said the...
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, is greeted by Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, center left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Britain and the European Union reached a new tentative Brexit deal on Thursday, hoping to finally escape the acrimony, divisions and frustration of their three-year divorce battle. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
October 17, 2019 - 11:26 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their tentative Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. With the ink barely dry on the...
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Students protest in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. Thousands of people have also been marching peacefully since Wednesday toward the regional capital, Barcelona. Students are on strike, and trade unions are planning to join them on Friday. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
October 17, 2019 - 11:05 am
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. "We can't remain in this cage that keeps...
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Students protest in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. Thousands of people have also been marching peacefully since Wednesday toward the regional capital, Barcelona. Students are on strike, and trade unions are planning to join them on Friday. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
October 17, 2019 - 11:04 am
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism. "We can't remain in this cage that keeps...
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October 17, 2019 - 10:32 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A state media regulator is ousting the head of Bulgarian National Radio for switching its main news channel off the air for several hours last month in what was widely seen as an attempt to mute some critical journalists' voices. The Council for Electronic Media, a five-...
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A sign is displayed at the Cardinal Health, Inc. corporate office Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio. Shares of big drug distributors soared Wednesday on word of a potential settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the opioid crisis. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations, which have lasted months, confirmed to The Associated Press that McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, Inc., have offered $18 billion over 18 years to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits across the country. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
October 17, 2019 - 10:03 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin. The second day of picking a jury began after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, for the second day in a row, denied a request from...
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People use voting booths at a pooling station during general elections in Gibraltar, Thursday Oct. 17, 2019. An election for Gibraltar's 17-seat parliament is taking place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for this British territory on Spain's southern tip. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
October 17, 2019 - 6:01 am
GIBRALTAR (AP) — An election for Gibraltar's 17-seat parliament took place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for the speck of British territory on Spain's southern tip. The Rock's about 34,000 residents didn't want to leave the European Union — in the 2016...
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Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 17, 2019 - 2:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial. The day's events,...
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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep Adam Schiff, D-Calif., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 16, 2019 - 9:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment inquiry (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The lead House impeachment investigator says he will release transcripts of the closed-door interviews lawmakers have conducted with current and former administration officials. California Democratic Rep. Adam...
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