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National News Updates from the Associated Press

July 20, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s Guardian Council, a powerful constitutional watchdog, says the seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker was in response to Britain’s role in seizing an Iranian tanker earlier this month. The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a council spokesman, as saying Saturday that “The rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has changed his mind about “send her back” chants aimed at a Somali-born congresswoman. He chided the North Carolina crowd about the chants at a Wednesday rally after some allies and close aides expressed concerns that could become a rallying cry at Trump rallies. But on Friday, he was defending the chanting crowd as patriots. And he was again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic congresswomen of color, including the Somali-born congresswoman.

MIAMI (AP) – An investigation is under way into whether deputies in Palm Beach County, Florida, properly monitored financier Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls. The probe was launched by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. The aim is to determine if any work-release program rules or regulations were violated. Epstein was allowed to spend most of his days at his office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A drugmaker says an email from a former employee telling a distributor to order more opioids even if they weren’t needed is antithetical to the company’s stance. In the email, a former Mallinckrodt executive told a customer: “If you are low, order more. If you are okay, order a little more.” Two Ohio counties suing the drug industry over the opioid crisis cited that as an example of their claim that companies did not comply with a federal requirement that they withhold orders deemed suspicious.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Anxiety is building ahead of September’s presidential debate, which imposes tougher qualification rules that will winnow the field from two dozen Democratic candidates. That’s a humbling prospect for senators and governors who have spent their political careers building what they hoped would be strong resumes for a White House run only to face the reality that voters aren’t interested or, worse, don’t know who they are. Many candidates are facing decisions on how long they can stay in the race..

National News

July 19, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – An Iranian lawmaker says the U.S. president is seeking to increase tensions in the Persian Gulf region by “falsely claiming” that a U.S. warship targeted an Iranian drone. Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, says that “with such allegations, America plans to create tensions and psychological warfare in the region and in Iran, and hide its failures.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing number of Republicans are criticizing a crowd at President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina who chanted “send her back” after he challenged the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman. Now Trump is criticizing those chants. The Republicans warned the Wednesday night episode could damage GOP efforts in the 2020 elections. The target was progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and she says “This is about fighting about what this country truly should be and what it deserves to be.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democrats may agree in their condemnation of President Donald Trump’s exploitation of race. They are more divided in the best way to counter it. The party’s left wing called Thursday for its leaders to go all-in against the president’s exploitation of racism. But many Democratic officials are reluctant to plunge headfirst into a debate that could alienate the swing voters they need to retake the White House.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man who set himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul has died. The incident comes amid rising trade and political disputes between Seoul and Tokyo. Police say the man, surnamed Kim, died while being treated in a Seoul hospital on Friday. According to police, he ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the Japanese Embassy is located.

ATLANTA (AP) – The second round of Democratic presidential debates will have some fascinating faceoffs. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will get a debate rematch after their tense exchanges in June. The first night, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will have their own round to argue their progressive visions. The second debates will take place July 30 and July 31 in Detroit. Sanders and Warren will be joined by several more moderate candidates. Biden and Harris will headline the second night.