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Elevator briefly breaks down at reopened Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly upgraded elevator at the Washington Monument stopped working just days after reopening to the public following a three-year renovation project. The National Park Service says there was a "brief interruption in service" for about an hour Saturday. Spokesman Mike ...

Bus with Chinese-speaking tourists crashes in Utah; 4 dead

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and MORGAN SMITH Associated Press PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — A tour bus crashed on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah on Friday, killing four people from China and injuring dozens more. The bus from Southern California rolled onto a guard ...

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns. Trump's attorneys filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. ...

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private ...

‘It’s bad’: Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks East Texas

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda unleashed torrential rain in parts of Texas on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures as the powerful storm system drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey ...

AP source: Joe Kennedy to challenge Sen. Markey in primary

By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a scion of one of America's most storied political families, is set to announce he will challenge U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the state's Democratic primary in 2020. A person with knowledge of Kennedy's ...

How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements — but in some cases, only if you take the time to understand how they work. Among the changes: You'll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ...

Trump names hostage envoy O’Brien national security adviser

By ERIC TUCKER, DEB RIECHMANN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth ...

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which ...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a ...