Top Dems pull out of Trump meeting after his Twitter attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter, casting doubt on the prospects for a quick agreement to avert a government shutdown at the end of next week.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Bali volcano spits ash 2 ½ miles in the sky, airport closed

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano with a deadly history continued to erupt Tuesday on Bali, one of the world's most popular resort islands, spitting ash 4,000 meters (2 ½ miles) high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for a second day. Lava was welling in its crater, but it remained unclear how bad the eruption might get or how long it could last.


  • Written by By FIRDIA LISNAWATI and MARGIE MASON , Associated Press

2 battle for control over US consumer watchdog


WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle between two supposed directors of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making for compelling optics but only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the powerful consumer watchdog.

  • Written by By KEN SWEET and CATHERINE LUCEY , The Associated Press

Conservative group linked to woman who falsely accused Moore


NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative group known for undercover investigations has been linked to a woman who falsely told The Washington Post that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager, the newspaper reported.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press