Obama comes off sidelines, thrilling Dems

It was a speech Barack Obama had held off from delivering.For months, the former president refused to come off the political sidelines, even as some activists said that they wanted him to publicly take on President...

The year the party machines broke

2018 marks the demise of the big-city Democratic machine.For centuries, those storied machines dominated America's largest cities, driving volunteers through neighborhoods and delivering voters t...

Los Angeles weeds out unlicensed marijuana businesses

A police crackdown on unlicensed marijuana businesses in Los Angeles has yielded 120 criminal case filings and more than 500 people charged since city attorneys sought to level the playing field for marijuana businesses that abide by the law, city officials said Friday.

Maldives hits out at US remarks over possible sanctions

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - The Maldives has hit out at the United States after the U.S. warned of possible sanctions against key officials of the island nation if upcoming elections are not free and fair.

President Donald Trump's administration warned the Indian Ocean archipelago on Thursday of possible sanctions ...

Security forces deploy in Iraq’s Basra following violence

BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of Basra on Saturday, a day after protesters in the southern city stormed the Iranian consulate and torched government buildings in violence that rocked the oil-exporting Shiite heartland and sparked alarm across a conflict-weary country.

Masked troops in combat ...

Leak hunting: The president and his insider critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is vowing to root out the leakers who contributed to the White House insider accounts that contend some on his team question his judgment, competence and even rationality.

A book by presidential author Bob Woodward and an anonymous New York Times op-ed article, Trump ...

DNC: Papadopoulos’s UK contact may be dead

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday raised the prospect that the London-based professor who told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton may be dead....

2nd District GOP candidates differ some on policy, not Trump

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Republicans competing for a chance to take on Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District unanimously praised President Donald Trump but differed a bit on immigration, abortion and other issues in a televised debate four days before their primary.

Six of the seven ...

Arizona agency says it addressed sexual abuse concerns

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's health services department says it addressed how shelters for immigrant children dealt with allegations of sexual abuse.

The comment came in response to criticism by an activist group wanting more oversight.

The department said in a statement that it had conducted extensive inspections of all 13 ...

North and South Korea ask UN to circulate peace declaration

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea and South Korea asked the United Nations on Friday to circulate a peace declaration their leaders agreed to in April that vows to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and work toward a formal end to the Korean War.

North Korea's U.N. Mission ...

Army says pilots in fatal Hawaii crash were disoriented

HONOLULU (AP) - An Army investigation into a fatal helicopter crash says the pilots became disoriented during nighttime training off Hawaii last year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday it obtained the results of the investigation through the Freedom of Information Act.

All five soldiers on board were killed.

The report ...