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Drug suits, clemencies considered before Arkansas executions

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request ...

4 men shot, 3 killed, in shooting near Philadelphia school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say three men are dead and a fourth has been wounded in what may be a drug-related shooting near a Catholic school. Police believe two gunmen opened fire at the group of men about 3:30 p.m. Monday before possibly leaving in a gray sport-utility ...

Justice Dept. seeks pause on agreement with Baltimore police

By JULIET LINDERMAN and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city's police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised ...

Senate begins debate on Gorsuch, headed for showdown

By ERICA WERNER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured the votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee under current rules, putting the Senate on a partisan collision course over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment ...

Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama. From abortion to energy to climate ...

Senate panel to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel is opening a weeklong partisan showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with Democrats steadily amassing the votes to block Neil Gorsuch and force Republicans to unilaterally change long-standing ...

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won't be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and ...

Trump’s son-in-law slated to make a visit to Iraq Monday

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is due to spend Monday in Iraq with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a senior administration official said. The official did not release additional details ...

Atlanta begins 1st full workweek since major bridge collapse

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Traffic appeared light Monday morning as the first full workweek opened since the fiery collapse of a major Atlanta interstate bridge, complicating the city's already challenging commute. The Southeast's largest city faced a tough ...

Losses from mine spill may be less than feared

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned. Farmers, ...

Nearly 9 months later, Central Park blast remains a mystery

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Detective Paul Arroyo and Special Agent Peter D'Antonio are frustrated. For nearly nine months, the investigators have tried to find out how exactly a small, clear plastic bag full of readily available, highly explosive chemicals found its ...

‘Bathroom bill’ compromise angers Democratic gov’s allies

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay rights groups that fiercely supported Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's winning campaign last fall because of his pledge to repeal North Carolina's "bathroom bill" now say he betrayed them by accepting the recent compromise. Many ...

Chicago police arrest 14-year-old in sex assault on Facebook

CHICAGO (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn't report it to authorities, police said late Saturday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more ...

Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rule

NEW YORK (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow internet providers to sell information about their customers' browsing habits. The New York senator and 46 other ...

SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk ...

Trump faces questions of interference in investigations

By JULIE PACE and EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing new questions about political interference in the investigations into Russian election meddling following reports that White House officials secretly funneled material to the chairman of ...

Michael Flynn in talks with Congress, wary of prosecution

By CHAD DAY, EILEEN SULLIVAN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees on receiving immunity from "unfair prosecution" in exchange for agreeing to be questioned as part ...

Trump to sign executive orders targeting trade abuses

By JILL COLVIN and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump talked tough on trade on the campaign trail, vowing to renegotiate a slew of major deals and to label China a currency manipulator on "Day One." Now his administration appears to be taking a more ...

Schumer warns GOP against rules change on Supreme Court

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to line up enough votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Democratic leader is strongly warning Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil ...

Is ‘Obamacare’ repeal dead — or a legislative zombie?

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to kill Obamacare died last week. Or maybe it didn't. The repeal effort seems to have assumed zombie status — somewhere between dead and alive. This is never-say-die Washington, where big legislative ...