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Trump and McConnell set for frosty White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set for an interesting meeting at the White House on Monday. Trump blames the Kentucky Republican for the health overhaul failure. Trump hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats and watches his former ...

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and ...

Tillerson ‘not playing’ when pressed on ‘moron’ remark

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that persistent tensions with President Donald Trump were not hindering his mission as the nation's top diplomat, all while ducking, dancing and sidestepping the question of ...

Women ID as assault, harassment victims with ‘me too’ tweets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Milano suggested women ...

University investigates racial slurs in student dorm

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a Massachusetts university are investigating after racial slurs were found written in a student dorm. Eunice Bwambok, a junior at Framingham State University, says she found racial slurs written in marker on her dorm room door Sunday. The finding comes ...

1 missing after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

KENNER, La. (AP) — An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another who was missing. There were "a lot of injuries," many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and ...

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they're ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to ...

More than just wine country is burning in California

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. That helps explain why some ...

Trump’s speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians. The speech ...

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver's mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family's beloved dog ...

Motion Picture Academy expels movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a move virtually unprecedented, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked Saturday by its board. The decision was reached in an emergency session by the academy, the world's top movie organization ...

Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the ...

Californians under siege try to fight fires, find loved ones

By ANDREW DALTON and JOHN L. MONE, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the fires rage on. The communities of Northern California were ...

Trump to issue stop-payment order on health care subsidies

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. Before sunrise Friday morning, ...

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase ...

‘Morning Joe’ host Scarborough officially leaves GOP

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough has made his departure from the GOP official. The "Morning Joe" anchor said on Twitter on Thursday that he became an independent and he added a picture of himself with an elections official in New Canaan, ...

Man cited for painting over mural designed by children

LONDONDERRY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been cited for unlawful mischief after he painted over a public mural designed by students in the town of Londonderry. The Bennington Banner reports that 74-year-old Ed Brown, a restaurateur, says he acted on principle when he painted over the ...

Trump said to disparage but not bolt from Iranian nuke deal

By MATTTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. ...

Calling it a beginning, Trump signs health care order

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's ...

Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan

By KEN THOMAS and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, arguing the rest of the country is "propping up profligate, big-government states" even as they pay billions more in ...