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Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid; sources say he’ll run for governor again

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But the end of his presidential bid looks like it will be the beginning of another: Inslee’s run for a third term as governor. The Associated Press reported Wednesday night that two people close to Inslee said he will run for governor again in 2020 and will announce his plan in a Thursday morning email to supporters.

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Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new rule that could expand family detention and dramatically increase the time children spend in custody.
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U.S. military drone shot down over northern Yemen

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

An American military drone was shot down in a rugged patch of northern Yemen, said U.S. officials and Yemeni rebels, immediately triggering accusations of Iranian involvement in a region where tensions between Washington and Tehran are growing.
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Elizabeth Warren meets her look-alike at a rally

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. One of the women pictured above is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the 70-year-old Massachusetts Democrat with presidential aspirations. The person shaking her hand is Stephanie Oyen - a Minnesota native whose Warren impression is so uncanny, fans mistakenly clamored for selfies with her during the senator's Monday night rally.
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Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.
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Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing ‘strong economy’

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Trump’s flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and amid a debate about whether the United States was heading for a slowdown that would imperil his reelection chances. Trump earlier this week acknowledged, for the first time, that his China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans, though he insisted the tariffs are needed for more important long-term benefits.
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Dad ‘empty’ after 9-year-old Detroit girl killed by dogs

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

A man was in police custody Tuesday in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit who was mauled by three dogs despite efforts by neighbors and her own “heartbroken” father, who lamented that “she was gone when I reached her.”
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Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that’s home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the “Storm Area 51” internet drive.
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New York, 2 other states sue over Trump immigration rule

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 11:51 a.m.

New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, SNAP and housing vouchers.