First all-female spacewalking team makes history

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station’s power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the job with wrenches, screwdrivers and power-grip tools, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking […]

Cummings remembered as ‘great leader,’ advocate for poor

BALTIMORE — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown’s champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city’s worst rioting, including violent 2015 protests following […]

US picks Trump resort for G-7 summit

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s suggestion that his Miami golf resort host next year’s Group of Seven summit became a reality Thursday, sparking an outcry from critics who called it the most blatant example yet of him using the power of his office to boost his business empire. “There are folks who will never get […]

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

WASHINGTON — The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The admission from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney raised questions at the Justice Department and brought swift […]

US envoy key to Ukraine probe distances himself from Trump

WASHINGTON — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland’s testimony to House impeachment investigators was aimed at distancing himself from Trump and Giuliani’s efforts […]

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings dead at 68

BALTIMORE — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated […]

Trump: US has no stake in Turkey’s fight in northern Syria

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that Turkey’s attacks in Syria against Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American soldiers are not a U.S. concern. “It’s not our border,” he said. “We shouldn’t be losing lives over it.” Dismissing outrage among even some of his staunchest supporters, Trump said the U.S. has no stake in […]

GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike

DETROIT — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill. The deal, which the union says offers “major gains” for workers, was hammered out after months of bargaining but won’t bring an […]

Hunter Biden denies wrongdoing in Ukraine, China dealings

WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden, acknowledging that his family name created business opportunities, rejected assertions by President Donald Trump that he did anything wrong by engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. But Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, conceded that he failed to take into account potential implications for his father’s […]

Former WH aide: John Bolton called Giuliani a ‘hand grenade’

WASHINGTON — National security adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by Rudy Giuliani’s back-channel activities in Ukraine that he described President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a “hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up,” according to a former White House aide. The aide, Fiona Hill, testified for more than 10 hours on Monday […]