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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 ...

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump helped present State Department awards Wednesday to 13 women from around the globe who were recognized for demonstrating courage and leadership in the face of adversity, a group she praised a "true heroes." The first ...

Driver plows into Capitol Police cruiser; streets closed

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets near the Capitol for nearly three hours. Shots ...

Rep. Maxine Waters’ no-holds-barred remarks find fans

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony or public event with the president, at the White House ...

Trump vows to step up efforts to combat drug addiction

By JILL COLVIN and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's addiction crisis. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday attended by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, members of his cabinet, law ...

Census suggests counting LGBT, then “corrects,” deletes

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since "corrected" the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign ...

States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

By DAVID CRARY and ALISON NOON, Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion ...

Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

By KEN MILLER, Associated Press A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police ...