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Trump aides covertly fought freeing of Ukraine prisoner

For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country's then-president. He said the work was sometimes harder than expected. "I had a sense that there were people working on the other side," he said, ...

Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. Donors who were granted ...

Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. At least 85 of ...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2106 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets with active and retired law enforcement in Akron, Ohio. If this week’s string of vague and contradictory statements by Trump and his team revealed anything, it’s that his immigration policy is still evolving. Just days ago Trump reshuffled his campaign staff just as he tries to recalibrate his message for the general election, in which his tough stance on immigration may be more of a liability than it was in the Republican primary.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Trump's evolving immigration plan compared to Clinton, Obama

Donald Trump's new line on immigration — "fair, but firm" — is leaving both Republicans and Democrats with the same question: Is the famously hard-line GOP nominee softening his approach? Trump even suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants. His campaign insists he's not. But ...

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Scores sagging for high school grads taking ACT college test

Nearly two-thirds of this year's high school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam, and their scores suggest that many remain unprepared for the rigors of college-level coursework. The testing company said Wednesday that only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at ...

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka gets a fist-bump from a teammate during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Seattle. Tanaka is expected to face Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in a game Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

LEADING OFF: Hill debuts with Dodgers, Tanaka vs Iwakuma

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HILL'S DODGERS DEBUT Left-hander Rich Hill makes his first start for the Dodgers since being acquired from Oakland on Aug. 1 and jumps straight into Los Angeles' NL West rivalry with the Giants. Hill was on the disabled list ...

United States' Brittney Griner, left, and Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrate with their gold medals after their win in a women's basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Olympics done, WNBA ready for sprint to the finish

With the Olympics in the rearview mirror, the WNBA is ready to restart its season after a month-long break. There should be quite the sprint to the finish over the league's final weeks. "Very excited to get the back end of the season going," WNBA President Lisa Borders said. "You ...

Hikers descend a ridge inside Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colo., on Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Park Service seeks minorities' support as it marks 100 years

When Asha Jones and other Grand Canyon interns arrived for their summer at the national park, they were struck by its sheer immensity, beauty and world-class hiking trails. Soon, they noticed something else. "It is time for a change here, specifically, at Grand Canyon and in the National Park Service ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In latest hedge, Trump says immigration laws can be softened

Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign. Trump, taping a town hall in Austin, Texas, for ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Trump pays tribute to border patrol agents

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 9:35 p.m. Donald Trump is paying tribute to border patrol agents and to the families of those whose loved ones were murdered by immigrants in the nation illegally. The Republican nominee brought several agents and women onstage with him at ...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware listens to question during news conference following NFL football practice in Englewood, Colo. Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina. Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015 but said he feels much better than he did at the end of last season.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski File)

Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returns to practice

Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina. Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015, but he said he feels much better than ...

FILE - In tis July 30, 2016, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz runs a drill during NFL football training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Cruz returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, for the Giants and earned the Odell Beckham Jr. seal of approval.  It marked the first time in almost two weeks that the oft-injured 29-year-old wide receiver practiced with the team, and slightly increases the hope he will be able to resume his career after two frustrating seasons. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz returns to practice

Victor Cruz has returned to practice for the New York Giants and earned the Odell Beckham Jr. seal of approval. It marked the first time in almost two weeks that the oft-injured 29-year-old wide receiver practiced with the team, and slightly increases the hope he will be able to resume ...

FILE - in this July 22, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton reacts after striking out against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver.  The Rangers have placed Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, as he tries to come back from a series of operations on his left knee. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File0

Rangers put Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, though they hope his surgically rebuilt left knee is healthy enough to allow him to try for a spot with the team next season. Texas activated Hamilton off the 60-day disabled list and put him on waivers, a move ...

Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases

California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change. State officials said only 34 percent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in the latest auction under the program, which requires companies that emit ...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant runs with the ball as he warms up with the team before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant out after concussion in practice

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will miss the next preseason game after suffering a concussion in practice. Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Bryant was hurt a day earlier when the receiver's head hit the shoulder pads of safety Barry Church. Garrett says Bryant was held out of the rest ...

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks to media outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. A key question looms for vulnerable Republican senators this election season: If Donald Trump loses and loses big, can they still survive? Trump’s declining standing in the polls has GOP Senate candidates preparing for the worst 11 weeks before Election Day, and they’re maneuvering now to put as big a margin as they can between themselves and the top of the ticket.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Challenge for GOP senators: Surviving a possible Trump loss

A key question looms for vulnerable Republican senators this election: If Donald Trump loses and loses big, can they still survive? With 11 weeks until Election Day, Trump's declining standing in the polls has GOP Senate candidates preparing for the worst, and they're maneuvering now to put as big a ...

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach responds to questions outside the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after delivering an argument in the legal fight over how the state of Kansas enforces its proof-of-citizenship requirement for voters who register at motor vehicle offices on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 in Denver. The case was before the Appeals Court after a federal judge in May temporarily blocked Kansas from disenfranchising about 18,000 who registered to vote at motor vehicle offices without providing citizenship paperwork such as birth certificates or naturalization papers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Court considers Kansas rule that voters prove citizenship

A federal appeals court will decide whether Kansas has the right to ask people who register to vote when they get their driver's licenses for proof that they're citizens, a decision which could affect whether thousands have their ballots counted in November's election. Three judges from the 10th Circuit Court ...

States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules

Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs. The lawsuit is the second in recent months in ...

Recordings capture chaos of Florida face-biting slayings

Florida sheriff's deputies confronted chaos as they tried to subdue an attacker biting a victim's face after stabbing and beating a couple to death in a random assault outside their home, recordings of radio transmissions released Tuesday show. When a dispatcher asks the first Martin County deputy on the scene ...

This image released by TLC shows, Ben Seewald, left, and Jessa Seewald, stars of the reality series, "Jill & Jessa Counting On." The couple announced Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, that they are expecting their second child. Jessa (Duggar) Seewald gave birth to her first son, Spurgeon, in November. (TLC via AP)

'19 Kids and Counting' co-star pregnant for second time

Jessa and Ben Seewald will have another kid to count. The former co-star of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" and her husband announced Tuesday they are expecting a second child. Jessa (Duggar) Seewald gave birth to her first son, Spurgeon, in November. The couple says in a statement they "cannot ...

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