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Nike stock falls 2% following Kaepernick’s new deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Nike’s stock is falling in early trading on Tuesday following an announcement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with the athletic clothing and footwear maker. Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon.” Kaepernick already had a deal…

Trump says Sessions’ DOJ has placed GOP in midterm jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has tweeted that federal indictments against two Republican congressmen placed the GOP in midterm election jeopardy. In a tweet Monday, Trump again attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions while suggesting that the Justice Department consider politics when making decisions. The president cited what he called “Obama era investigations” just before midterm elections and that “two…

Trump’s pollution rules rollback to hit coal country hard

GRANT TOWN, W.Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he’d roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn’t mention that coal country would be hit the hardest by the health impacts. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency predicts up to 1,500 people a year nationally would die because of extra pollution from…

Trump attacks union leader on Labor Day

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is starting his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader. Trump tweeted Monday that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka “represented his union poorly on television this weekend.” He added: “it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!” Trumka appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” where he said efforts…

Federal judge rules against states, says DACA can stay

HOUSTON (AP) – A federal judge in Texas has declined to order that the U.S. government stop the Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling on Friday is a blow to opponents of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They filed a lawsuit in hopes Hanen would rule the program unconstitutional. That would…

Kavanaugh, senators prep for marathon confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only one engaging in practice sessions ahead of next week’s grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators are also prepping for the four-day marathon that includes Wednesday’s multi-hour question-and-answer exchange. They’ll be mining Kavanaugh’s views on the biggest legal issues of the day. Abortion, executive power, campaign finance…

Family and friends gather for tribute to McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) – Family, friends and a roster of current and former Washington officials are paying tribute to John McCain at the Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence was joined by top White House officials including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Military…

Trump to sign executive order on retirement security Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will be signing an executive order Friday that the White House says is aimed at strengthening Americans’ retirement security. The White House declined to provide details on the order, but said it was part of a larger plan to promote programs that enhance retirement security and expand access to retirement savings plans. Trump is…

Mom’s prenatal opioids may stunt kids’ learning, study says

CHICAGO (AP) – Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. About 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays and speech or language difficulties,…

Trump revisits wargames with SKorea as NKorea talks stall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is leaving open the possibility of relaunching military wargames with South Korea while saying there’s no reason at this time to spend millions of dollars on the exercises. And, Trump says, joint exercises will be “far bigger” than ever before if they’re needed. The message came in a series of tweets Wednesday that blamed…

Trump says Korea military drills could be restarted

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is leaving open the possibility that he could “instantly” restart military exercises with South Korea, following his suspension of major drills as a goodwill gesture to North Korea. Trump made the comment in a series of tweets Wednesday that primarily took aim at China, blaming it for lack of progress on getting North Korea…

EPA rethinking air pollution rule for power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is rethinking a 2012 rule limiting mercury emissions and other pollutants from power plants. EPA spokeswoman Molly Block says the agency proposal is still a draft and that there are few details to release. The 2012 rule established federal limits for mercury and some other toxic pollutants from fossil fuel power plants. Democratic…

Trump marks award of $91 million in anti-drug grants

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is marking the awarding of $91 million in grants to community anti-drug coalitions with a roundtable discussion on the dangers of youth substance abuse. Trump is listening intently as attendees share their stories and is calling the programs a “proven success.” He’s also talking about his brother’s struggles with alcohol addiction and the impact…

Trump warns of ‘violence’ if Republicans lose fall elections

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump urged evangelical leaders this week to get out the vote for the upcoming congressional elections and warned of “violence” by opponents if Republicans lose control of Congress. That’s according to attendees at a Monday dinner at the White House, which was attended by dozens of Christian pastors, ministers and supporters of the president. Audio…