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By The Associated Press | Updated - Sep 20th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Sep 19th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says reports that President Donald Trump urged the president of Ukraine to look into Biden's son's business dealings in Ukraine shows Trump's "willingness to abuse his power." Biden also called for Trump to release a transcript of a July phone conversation with Ukraine's president. That call is at the heart of a whistleblower complaint that has triggered a standoff with Congress. The president says the conversation was appropriate.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry will be to beef up the troops and military to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security. President Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says this is a first step, and he is not ruling out additional moves down the road. He says it's a response to requests from the Saudis and the UAE.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Five people remain in critical condition after a bus crash that killed four Chinese tourists near a national park in Utah. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said Friday evening that the bus originated in Southern California, and the tourists on board were natives of mainland China. Up to 15 people suffered injuries that were originally considered very critical, but the condition of several passengers has improved in the hours since the crash.

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of curious Earthlings traveled to festivals, and several hundred made forays toward a formerly secret military base in the Nevada desert. They were drawn by a social media craze sparked by a fake internet invitation to "Storm Area 51." At the appointed hour of 3 a.m., about 100 people braved a bumpy 8-mile drive to the Rachel gate of the legendary former top-secret U.S. Air Force base. They were turned away peacefully. Hundreds more visited the gate later in the day.

NEW YORK (AP) — In downtown Los Angeles, hundreds of people, many of them schoolchildren, marched to City Hall for a rally. Some wore yellow T-shirts urging "Say no to fossil fuels." Protest signs included round ones portraying a burning globe and the warnings: "Our house is on fire" and "It's time to panic." Actors Don Cheadle and Jane Fonda joined in the demonstration.

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