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Colt Suspends Production of AR-15 for Civilian Market

In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15. Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is…

Facebook CEO Visits Washington Amid Push for Tech Oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting Washington to discuss potential regulation of the tech industry with lawmakers, particularly when it comes to the collection of users’ personal data on their platforms. Congress has been debating a privacy law that could curtail the ability of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to collect and make money off…

Key Senate Panel Approving $250 Million for Election Security

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key Senate panel is approving $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced Thursday in a floor speech in advance of an Appropriations Committee vote that he would support…

House Set to Pass Stopgap Spending Bill to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House is set to pass a government-wide temporary spending bill to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30. The bipartisan measure would give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to pass and negotiate $1.4 trillion worth of annual agency spending bills. Those bills would fill in the details of this summer’s budget and…

Pundits Discuss Dem Party Office Closures, New Executive Director, Trade

South Dakota’s new Democratic Party Executive Director, Stacey Burnette joins the South Dakota GOP’s State Finance Director, Dave Roetman to talk politics in South Dakota, and of South Dakota. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today – Top Stories, Politics, South Dakota Tags: Dave Roetman, Politics, SDDP, SDGOP, south dakota, Stacey Burnette

Minnesota Not Among States Settling with Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the state is not among those that have reached a tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over the opioids epidemic. The tentative deal between Purdue, thousands of local governments and more than 20 states could be worth up to $12 billion over time. Purdue has been criticized for…

Congress Marks 400th Anniversary of Slaves Arriving in US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of Congress are observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America. The commemoration Tuesday at the Capitol comes at a time of renewed interest over the history of slavery and its aftermath on contemporary society. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s time to “tell the unvarnished truth.” The Republican leader…

Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

“We also today call on the Venezuelan military and security forces to accept the peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power,” John Bolton said Monday.Evan Vucci / APWASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has fired national security adviser John Bolton. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House….

Judge Blocks ND Law on Reversing Medication Abortions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a state law passed earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. North Dakota is among eight states to pass or amend laws requiring doctors to tell women undergoing medication abortions they can still have…

EPA to Reduce Use of Animal Testing in Predicting Hazards

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers…

Trump Says US-Taliban Peace Talks Are ‘Dead’

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says U.S. talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan are “dead” after they collapsed last week. Asked Monday about the talks, Trump replied: “They’re dead. They’re dead. As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead.” U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had been in negotiations for nearly a year with the Taliban’s political wing in Doha,…

How Much Do Trump Tweets Swing the Market? Check “Volfefe”

NEW YORK (AP) – Financial markets have become so in thrall to President Donald Trump’s tweets that J.P. Morgan has created an index to help identify how much volatility they’re creating. Strategists at the bank developed the “Volfefe” index by measuring which Trump tweets triggered big movements in Treasury yields, one of the world’s most closely followed markets. They found…

NWS Chief Backs Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The head of the National Weather Service is defending forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama as it approached the United States. Director Louis Uccellini told a meteorology convention Monday that forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing when they tried to combat public panic and rumors that…

Former Defense Secretary Mattis Says Trust is Question in Taliban Talks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says that when it comes to trying to negotiate an Afghanistan peace deal with the Taliban, the key question is whether or not they can be trusted. Mattis cites past U.S. nuclear talks with the Russians, when the American side talked about “trust but verify.” He tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that…