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Powell casts himself as a figure of stability for the Fed

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell says that if confirmed as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he expects the Fed to continue raising interest rates gradually to support its twin goals of maximum employment and stable prices. Under his ...

Meghan Markle has advocated for women since the age of 11

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Meghan Markle became an advocate for women when she was an 11-year-old elementary school student, and achieving gender equality remains a driving force for the fiancée of Britain's Prince Harry and self-described "feminist." Since ...

2 battle for control over US consumer watchdog

By KEN SWEET and CATHERINE LUCEY, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle between two supposed directors of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making for compelling optics but only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the powerful consumer watchdog. Mick Mulvaney, ...

Trump won’t campaign for Moore, yet critical of Democrat

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing all sides in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump has made it known he won't set foot in the state on behalf of embattled Republican Roy Moore, even as he intensified his insistence that voters must never elect Moore's ...

Conyers gives up Judiciary post amid sex harassment probe

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Even while fiercely denying allegations of sexual harassment, Michigan Rep. John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, acknowledging a congressional probe into his possible misconduct had ...

Sen. Franken back to work amid sexual misconduct allegations

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn't remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events. The Democrat's comments were the latest indication that he had no plans to step down ...

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stay a welcome break from DC challenges

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump draws a wiggly line between work, play and business at the private club he calls his "winter White House." Like George H.W. Bush and his family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, or George W.  Bush with his ...

Miss Universe contestants speak on sexual harassment issue

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn't shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned. "If women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable," said the 22-year-old representative from South ...

Suit seeks to stop Trump from naming acting director of CFPB

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government official President Donald Trump wants to pass over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with his own budget chief is asking a federal court to block the president's appointment. Leandra English, who was elevated to the position of ...

Justices ponder need for warrant for cellphone tower data

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work. When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do their jobs. They can get cellphone tower records that help place suspects in ...

Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban ...

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency. It's an agenda whose core items — tax cuts, a potential government shutdown, ...

Consumer watchdog head names a successor, and Trump does too

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned Friday and named his own successor, leading to an open conflict with President Donald Trump — who announced a different person as acting head of the agency later in the ...

“Die Hard” for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in "Die Hard." That's the conclusion of The Chicago Project on ...

Man charged with killing Texas trooper who had stopped him

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The suspect in the shooting death of a state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in East Texas was charged Friday with capital murder of a law enforcement officer. Dabrett Black, 32, was being held in the Brazos County jail in ...

US changes course, allows PLO office to remain open

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has backtracked on its decision to order the Palestinians' office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days. Last week, ...

US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for ...

Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on ‘Hollywood blacklist’

By The Associated Press Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a "Hollywood blacklist" after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. The comedian is currently on a world standup tour. She says in a YouTube video that when she returns to the U.S. ...

Melania Trump and Barron receive White House Christmas tree

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored tradition of first ladies receiving the official White House Christmas tree. A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam ...

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of ...