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Jury acquits Tulsa officer in shooting of unarmed black man

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and ...

Trump calls naming of special counsel move a ‘witch hunt’

By ERIC TUCKER, JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 ...

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an ...

Poll says blacks less likely to have enough for retirement

By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Older white Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they've saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- ...

Embattled White House lurches from crisis to crisis

By ERIC TUCKER, CATHERINE LUCEY and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote after the meeting. The ...

Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes. The storms hit late in the afternoon ...

Pvt. Chelsea Manning set for release after 7 years in prison

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier convicted of giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks, is due to be released from a Kansas military prison on Wednesday after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence. President ...

‘Living memorial’: Putting Kennedy back into Kennedy Center

By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Trivia question: Where is the memorial to President John F. Kennedy in Washington? If you said the Kennedy Center — not just the bronze bust of Kennedy inside but the entire building and all that happens there — you'd be correct. You'd ...

More health insurance woes looming: blame Trump or Obama?

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who's to blame? President Donald Trump has seized on early ...

New Orleans begins takedown of 3rd Confederate-era monument

By REBECCA SANTANA and KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Piece by piece, New Orleans' landscape is changing as city workers take down massive works of bronze and stone that once seemed immoveable in a region where some still cling to a Confederate legacy. The city announced ...

Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking a partisan for FBI job

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians. The advice came Sunday amid more criticism over Trump's dismissal of Comey ...

‘Deadwood’ actor Powers Boothe dies at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powers Boothe, the character actor known for his villain roles in TV's "Deadwood," and in the movies "Tombstone," ''Sin City" and "The Avengers," has died. He was 68. Boothe's publicist said he died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday. Fellow actor Beau ...

Another appeals court to weigh Trump’s revised travel ban

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — For the second time in a week, government lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban — and once again, they can expect plenty of questions Monday about whether the ban was ...

Changes in Medicaid distributions worry school districts

By SALLY HO and CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even ...

Deputies: House set ablaze, family members barricaded inside

WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has been arrested after authorities say she set her house on fire and barricaded her family inside. The State reports (http://bit.ly/2r7GBTm ) 67-year-old Willie Mae McQuilla was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of arson and three ...

High-rise apartment fire in Pittsburgh leaves 1 woman dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high-rise apartment fire in downtown Pittsburgh early Monday has left one woman dead, and two residents and two firefighters needing medical treatment, the fire chief said. Arson and homicide investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze that forced ...

Appalachia’s approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug ...

Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delivering his first commencement address at Liberty University, the Christian school whose leader was among Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters. Trump's remarks Saturday on the Lynchburg, Virginia, ...

Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director

By JILL COLVIN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering nearly a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. White House officials ...

Comey’s firing: Trump frustration finally boiled into action

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump had been seething. The swirling questions about possible contacts between his presidential campaign team and Russia just wouldn't stop, and he felt it was overshadowing his early ...