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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins protesters objecting to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a rally Capitol in Washington. Schumer, who plans to meet Kavanaugh privately early this week, is methodically building arguments that would help vulnerable Democratic senators in Trump-loving states vote “no,” while avoiding explicitly pressuring them. But the party’s restive left-wing says he’s not aggressively rallying Democratic lawmakers to oppose the nomination, inhibiting the momentum needed to galvanize voters and maybe even win the uphill fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 20, 2018 - 11:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is a regular attendee, as are some other Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal organizations. The goal:...
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People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Asian stocks are mostly higher Monday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 20, 2018 - 8:41 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Monday amid signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported the countries hope to have a resolution by November. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 edged up nearly 0.6 percent to 5,378 while Germany's...
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People watch a televised address of Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan at an electronic shop in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. Pakistan's newly elected prime minister Imran Khan Sunday said the country was in its worst economic condition and pledged to improve it by adopting austerity to cut government expenditure, introducing progressive taxation, end corruption and bringing back from abroad the plundered public money. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
August 19, 2018 - 8:39 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his first televised speech in office that Pakistan is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds. A day after he was sworn in, Khan promised reforms across all...
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FILE- In this April 23, 2018, file photo a car is filled with gasoline at a station in Windham, N.H. Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 19, 2018 - 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a memo...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks to media at a polling station after voting during the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko has appointed a new prime minister Saturday Aug. 18, 2018, and carried out a significant reshuffling of the government. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, FILE)
August 19, 2018 - 8:56 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has fired his Cabinet, emphasizing the need to strengthen the economy to preserve the nation's post-Soviet independence. Lukashenko said he fired Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov's Cabinet for failing to execute his orders and for paying...
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August 19, 2018 - 6:39 am
LONDON (AP) — The co-founder of the fashion brand Superdry said Sunday he has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to a group seeking a new referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union, as the U.K. government prepares to publish its assessment of the impact of leaving the bloc...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2018, file photo, homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif. California lawmakers are abandoning a controversial proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 18, 2018 - 6:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31...
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August 18, 2018 - 10:37 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state-owned utility is postponing this month's meeting during confusion over its leadership. Santee Cooper announced Friday it wouldn't be meeting on Monday as planned. The uncertainty comes amid a showdown between South Carolina's governor and legislative...
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August 17, 2018 - 8:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has raised wages for the fifth time this year while saying he's looking to establish a single exchange rate tied to the nation's fledgling cryptocurrency. Maduro made the announcement Friday night ahead of a monetary overhaul next week...
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People walk past a currency exchange shop in Istanbul, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Turkey's lira currency fell once again, as Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
August 17, 2018 - 6:58 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties...
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