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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump announced on June 18 that Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process to be Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of unexplained delays, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President...
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June 18, 2019 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at a summit of nations in Japan. And U.S. and Chinese negotiators will resume talks before the leaders meet. Financial markets greeted the news with relief Tuesday. The Dow Jones...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. Pompeo says Iran is believed to be responsible for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 18, 2019 - 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on developments as the U.S. and Iran edge toward a flashpoint amid escalation in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 2s p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he's worried about the situation in the Persian Gulf and is reiterating that "it's very...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump announced on June 18 that Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process to be Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing his nomination. Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan had done "a wonderful job" but would step aside to "devote more time to his family." The president added that the Secretary of the Army, Mark...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing in Washington. New York prosecutors have asked federal prison officials to transfer Manafort to New York City so he can be arraigned on state fraud charges. He is currently serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for bank fraud and other offenses at a prison in Pennsylvania. But he is also under indictment on similar state charges in New York. Two people familiar with the matter confirmed the transfer request Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 18, 2019 - 12:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence, is...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 13, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. In a tweet late Monday, June 17, 2019, Trump said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin removing millions of people who are in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 18, 2019 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid . The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will "...
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In this June 13, 2019, photo work continues on a new home in Mechanicsville, Va. On Tuesday, June 18, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in May. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 18, 2019 - 8:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction slipped a bit in May as a sharp drop in single-family construction was only partially offset by a rise in apartment building. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction was started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.27 million homes and...
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This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday, June 17, 2019, and taken from a U.S. Navy helicopter, shows what the Navy says is blast damage to the motor vessel M/T Kokuka Courageous, consistent with a limpet mine attack. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 7:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted Tuesday over Iran's announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. At the same time, Iran insisted it was not seeking war...
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This image released by the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday, June 17, 2019, and taken from a U.S. Navy helicopter, shows what the Navy says are members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy removing an unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 2:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Iran edged toward a flashpoint Monday as Tehran announced it was breaking compliance with the accord that keeps it from making nuclear weapons and the Trump administration followed by ordering 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. The Pentagon said the deployment...
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State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 17, 2019 - 11:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the...
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