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Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in meeting failure could scuttle Trump summit

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:31:13 -0400

SEOUL — The prospect for a historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un is rising, but it won't happen if things don't go smoothly Friday when the North Korean leader first meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for their own high-stakes one-on-one meeting.

North Korea says it is ...

Trump, Macron state visit to focus on Iran nuclear deal

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:05:50 -0400

President Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday for the administration's first state visit, cementing the close alliance between the two countries with a whirlwind of events that include a Marine One helicopter tour of Washington and a private dinner at Mount Vernon.

On the business side of visit, ...

Javad Zarif: Up to Europe to swing Trump on nuclear deal

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:53:07 -0400

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the European signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal should convince President Trump not to exit the controversial accord.

"It is either all or nothing," Mr. Zarif tweeted. "European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more ...

California independence backers can collect signatures

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:18:07 -0400

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Advocates looking for California to secede from the United States can begin collecting signatures for a longshot initiative asking voters to weigh in, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Monday.

The proposed initiative is the third so-called Calexit proposal since President Donald Trump's election. Previous efforts ...

The Latest: Environmental groups oppose Enbridge ruling

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:18:02 -0400

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 replacement (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Environmental and tribal groups are criticizing an administrative law judge's recommendation that Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline if it follows the existing ...

The Latest: Macron, Trump plant tree together at White House

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:00:52 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the state visit by President Emmanuel Macron of France (all times local):

6 p.m.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have ceremonially planted a tree together on the South Lawn of the White House as they kick off the first state visit ...

Pence picks Kellogg to serve as national security adviser

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:37:12 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence has chosen retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top official with the National Security Council, to serve as his national security adviser.

Pence selected Kellogg, a national security aide to President Donald Trump, to fill the role after his top choice, Jon ...

Inspector general reviewing inaction on tribal casino

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:34:34 -0400

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes on Monday welcomed an investigation by the U.S. Department of Interior's inspector general into the federal agency's handling of their delayed satellite casino project.

"Since last fall, none of the department's actions have passed the smell test," said Andrew Doba, spokesman ...

No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:14:22 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron opened the French president's visit Monday with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington's house.

The presidents and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington's historic riverside home, ...

Georgia insurer and hospital group reach deal ending dispute

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:57:16 -0400

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's largest health insurer and one of its largest hospital groups have signed a peace treaty.

Piedmont Healthcare said Monday that it on Friday completed an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

The agreement means people insured by Anthem Blue Cross can see Piedmont ...

Mississippi ex-felons oppose merger of 2 voting rights cases

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:32:30 -0400

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some former convicts who want to regain voting rights in Mississippi say their lawsuit should stand on its own and not be merged with a similar case.

Two federal lawsuits are challenging Mississippi's system for restoring suffrage to people convicted of certain felonies. One was filed ...

US won't ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nukes

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:09:33 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday North Korea won't get sanctions relief until it takes "concrete action" toward denuclearization, the goal of President Donald Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' comments appeared to leave open the possibility of easing the U.S.-led "maximum ...

Van hits at least 10 people in Toronto, say Canada police

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:27:22 -0400

TORONTO — A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said.

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police officials would ...

Trump firmly against Iran nuke deal, ready for French President Macron's pro-deal pitch

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:20:00 -0400

President Trump isn't backing off his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, the White House said Monday of the international agreement that is expected to be a top issue during the state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr. Trump has threatened to pull out of the Obama-era deal. Mr. ...

Tension mounts between Donald Trump and Tehran over Iran nuclear deal

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:11:52 -0400

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the European signatories of the Iranian nuclear deal should convince President Trump not to exit the controversial accord.

"It is either all or nothing," Mr. Zarif tweeted. "European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more ...

Donald Trump goes all out for first state visit, will welcome Emmanuel Macron

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:22:38 -0400

President Trump's first state visit will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron with pomp and grandeur including a traditional review of U.S. troops, a diner showcasing the "best of American cuisines" and a performance by the Washington National Opera, the White House said Monday.

First lady Melania Trump, whose office organized ...

Louisiana governor, senators to attend Trump state dinner

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:25:49 -0400

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's governor and two U.S. senators are attending the White House state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are on the guest list for Tuesday's glitzy event at the invitation of President ...

Etiquette and protocol highlights for royal wedding guests

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:51:48 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - Grab those nude stockings, ladies. You'll be at a royal wedding, after all.

While the May 19 nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be a lower key affair than those of Will and Kate, guests at St. George's Chapel will still be expected to ...

The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:30:36 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads ...

US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats' families

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:18:02 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests.

The State Department says it's raising the threat level for Nicaragua and encouraging Americans to reconsider plans to travel there.

Family ...