In brief

Trump digs in on racist tweets: ‘Many people agree with me’

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

WASHINGTON — Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive.

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.

Acosta exits; Trump’s big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

WASHINGTON — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing underage girls.

Cooper, Granderson help power Marlins past Mets, 8-4

MIAMI — Garrett Cooper, Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson all homered and drove in two runs to power the Miami Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break for both clubs.

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census