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UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week. Harmeet Dhillon, who represents the Berkeley College Republicans, said in letters sent Friday to UC Berkeley's Interim Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton and chief attorney Christopher...


American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane. American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away a stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded...
Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after "assisting in a smooth transition" under President Donald Trump. Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration. Murthy's deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, is serving as acting surgeon...
Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

Oklahoman author, Texas dispute ownership of 'lunar Bibles'

Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. Eight of the 10 tiny holy books in dispute landed on the surface of the moon during NASA's 1971 Apollo 14 mission, carried in a pouch by astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Each isn't...
North Carolina's long summer vacations are being challenged

North Carolina's long summer vacations are being challenged

Some folks can't get enough of summer. Others see it as a problem that needs fixing. For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public schools. The law was designed to support tourism at the state's beaches and mountain getaways, and appease parents who were unhappy as some districts kept moving up the first day of school. But as studies show...
Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

Hernandez's body brought to Connecticut funeral home

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's body was taken to a funeral home in his Connecticut hometown Saturday, two days before his family holds a private funeral. The body arrived in the afternoon at O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, said Laura Soll, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. A private service is scheduled at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Soll said the...
Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump's GOP allies control Congress, but they've been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29...
The Latest: Thousands join global rallies for science

The Latest: Thousands join global rallies for science

The Latest on the March for Science, with events around the world intended to promote the understanding of science and defend science from attacks such as proposed U.S. government budget cuts (all times EDT): 5:40 p.m. Scientists, students and research advocates are marking Earth Day by conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference. Those participating in science...
Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday. From the Washington Monument to Germany's Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates rallied on an often soggy Earth Day, conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference, the need for adequate spending for future breakthroughs and just the general value of scientific...
Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday...
Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation's top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for more transparency about how intelligence agencies use and share...
Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation. It sent letters to officials in California and major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, all places...
'Drain the swamp' more a Trump slogan than a practice so far

'Drain the swamp' more a Trump slogan than a practice so far

President Donald Trump is taking more steps that appear to move away from his campaign promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington. The latest include ending an Obama administration practice of releasing the names of visitors to the White House and raising a record $107 million for his inauguration, much of it from companies and people who do business with the government. The head of a bipartisan...
Global finance leaders grapple with globalization fears

Global finance leaders grapple with globalization fears

Global finance leaders on Saturday dropped a sharp condemnation of trade protectionism and references to climate change from a closing statement that wrapped up the spring meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. This year's meetings were dominated by a debate over how to respond to a rising tide of anti-globalization sentiment evidenced in the United States by the...
Trump tells 'dreamers' to rest easy, targets criminals

Trump tells 'dreamers' to rest easy, targets criminals

Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump says, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in an interview Friday with The Associated Press, said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals." The president...
Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

Pence embraces US-Australia partnership after Trump spat

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. Pence and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long American-Australian alliance...
Lawyer: Abducted Tennessee girl's recovery 'just beginning'

Lawyer: Abducted Tennessee girl's recovery 'just beginning'

A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl's family says. The girl is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma, lawyer Jason Whatley said in a statement Friday. "There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just...
Comments on steel, voter turnout and Hitler: None true

Comments on steel, voter turnout and Hitler: None true

Last week we looked at three statements that all missed the mark pretty widely on truthfulness: the White House press secretary’s statement about Hitler’s use of chemical weapons, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ claim about low voter turnout in the recent presidential election, and President Donald Trump’s assertion about requiring all pipelines to be made of American steel. Abbreviated...
The Latest: Fresno, California gunman has violent record

The Latest: Fresno, California gunman has violent record

The Latest on a man accused of gunning down four white men in Fresno in a racially motivated attack (all times local): 6 p.m. The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno faced repeated domestic violence charges years ago, including allegations that he beat the mother of his child. Sacramento County court records reviewed by The Associated Press on Friday show Kori Ali...
Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing

Fresno killings suspect shouts out during 1st court hearing

The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was supposed to be officially informed about the first-degree murder charge he is accused of in the shooting death of an unarmed security guard...
Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark

Parole denied for Brinks heist getaway driver Judith Clark

A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year. Judith Clark has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for the suburban New York heist, which led to the deaths of two...
New Mexico Legislature sues governor in escalating conflict

New Mexico Legislature sues governor in escalating conflict

The New Mexico Legislature sued Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday over budget vetoes that would effectively eliminate the legislative branch of government by cutting off its funding amid an escalating clash over how to resolve the state's financial crisis. The move by the Democratic-controlled Legislature was an extraordinary step in a drawn-out feud over budget shortfalls that already have...
Excerpts from AP interview with President Donald Trump

Excerpts from AP interview with President Donald Trump

YOUNG IMMIGRANTS On the legal status of the "dreamers," young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally and protected from deportation by the Obama administration. TRUMP: We aren't looking to do anything right now. AP: That's going to be the policy of your administration, to allow the dreamers to stay? TRUMP: Yes. That's our policy. I am not saying ... Long-term we are going to have to fix...
Colorado House: Clemency for inmate released 90 years early

Colorado House: Clemency for inmate released 90 years early

Colorado's House unanimously called on the governor Friday to grant clemency to a robbery-kidnapping convict who is back in prison after being mistakenly released decades early and reforming his life. Republicans and Democrats spoke for a resolution that calls Rene Lima-Marin's continued incarceration and separation from his family "cruel and unusual punishment." They stood and applauded...
Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

Trump Jr.'s prairie dog hunt in Montana prompts backlash

Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than just Montana's Republican voters on Friday and Saturday when he helps Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat. A prairie dog hunt is also on the agenda for the four-city tour for President Donald Trump's son and Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur up against Democrat Rob Quist in the May 25 election for the seat vacated by Interior Secretary...
Vacation's over: Obama returns to public life next week

Vacation's over: Obama returns to public life next week

Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his first public event as a former president.  His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with...
The Latest: Equipment failure shut down power to thousands

The Latest: Equipment failure shut down power to thousands

The Latest on a widespread power outage in San Francisco (all times local): 2:15 p.m. A utility company spokesman says the San Francisco power outage that left thousands in the dark was caused by a "catastrophic failure" of a circuit breaker that caused a fire at a power substation. Pacific Gas & Electric spokesman Barry Anderson says power has been restored to about 23,000 of the 90,000...
Young immigrants won't 'rest easy' despite Trump's comments

Young immigrants won't 'rest easy' despite Trump's comments

Young immigrants protected by executive action from deportation say they won't "rest easy," even if President Donald Trump says they should. Several "dreamers" told The Associated Press on Friday that they were not comforted by Trump's pledge, in an AP interview, that he wouldn't target the almost 800,000 people brought to the U.S. as children and living in the country illegally...
George HW Bush to stay through weekend in Houston hospital

George HW Bush to stay through weekend in Houston hospital

A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the nation's 41st president will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend while he recovers from a mild case of pneumonia. Family spokesman Jim McGrath posted Friday on Twitter that doctors will keep the 92-year-old Bush at Houston Methodist Hospital "to ensure a fully clean bill of health." McGrath said Bush "feels terrific...
Trump overstates effect of memo of American steel in pipelines

Trump overstates effect of memo of American steel in pipelines

In Kenosha, Wis., on April 18, President Donald Trump said in an interview with WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee: “I approved a pipeline, right, called the Keystone pipeline, and other pipelines. And I want them to use American steel, American product. I want it manufactured here. And I made those changes just before we signed it. I said, Where’s the steel coming from? So...
Battle for Berkeley: Will Ann Coulter spark another clash?

Battle for Berkeley: Will Ann Coulter spark another clash?

The word "CANCELED" is printed across a poster of Ann Coulter's face at the University of California, Berkeley. But that appears to be wishful thinking. The campus is bracing for trouble next week, when the conservative provocateur has vowed to speak in defiance of the university's wishes. Officials, police and even the campus Republicans who invited Coulter say there is reason to fear violence...
The Latest: Homeland secretary urges deportation cooperation

The Latest: Homeland secretary urges deportation cooperation

The Latest on the Justice Department warning nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law or risk coveted law enforcement grant money (all times EDT): 9 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says local police departments should work with federal authorities on deporting immigrants before they are released from jail and prison. Kelly says those that refuse face the alternative...
Police: Woman distracted by phone hit by train, badly hurt

Police: Woman distracted by phone hit by train, badly hurt

An Oregon woman who was distracted by her cellphone is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after she was struck by a freight train in a Portland suburb. Detectives have not been able to speak with Cindy Rodriguez since the accident, Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe said. Rodriguez, 26, was not wearing headphones, he said, and she is not deaf. Multiple visual and auditory warnings were...
The Latest: Trump says 'no deal' was made for charity worker

The Latest: Trump says 'no deal' was made for charity worker

The Latest on the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump says "no deal" was made to secure the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker. Trump, in an interview with The Associated Press, says he asked Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AHB'-del fat-AH' el-SEE'-see) to release her when they met last month. Trump met with...
Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is the only national park with its own fleet of unmanned aircraft for locating people who have gotten lost, stranded, injured or killed. Under a program that began last fall, it...
7 things you probably didn’t know about the NRA

7 things you probably didn’t know about the NRA

The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful political advocacy groups and has been at the center of one of the world’s most controversial issues: gun control in America. The group is making headlines lately as President Donald Trump heads to Atlanta to speak at the NRA’s annual convention on April 28. It all began with a magazine editorial and had nothing...
Lawmakers seek details from Trump group on foreign payments

Lawmakers seek details from Trump group on foreign payments

Leaders of a House investigations panel asked the Trump Organization on Friday for specifics on how it will donate its profits from foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury. Before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate profits from foreign governments paying for services at his hotels, including one near the White House. A lawyer representing Trump said the Trump Organization...
Trump says Paris attack will help Le Pen in election

Trump says Paris attack will help Le Pen in election

President Donald Trump waded into France's upcoming elections Friday, saying he believes an attack on police officers this week will help Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said that while he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen, the attack played to her strengths. "She's the strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's...
AP PHOTOS: Rural Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million

AP PHOTOS: Rural Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million

A tiny Oregon town is almost entirely for sale for $3.5 million -- or $3.85 million if you also want the local elementary school, which is a separate deal. The community of Tiller, encircled by the Umpqua National Forest, has been shrinking since environmental rules sharply curtailed logging on federal forest land several decades ago. As the timber mill closed and people moved away, one longtime resident...
Power fully restored after San Francisco outage

Power fully restored after San Francisco outage

A San Francisco power outage that stranded people in elevators and left tens of thousands of others in the dark Friday was caused by the massive failure of a circuit breaker that sparked a fire at a power substation, a utility company spokesman said. Pacific Gas & Electric posted online just after 5 p.m. that power had been restored to all the 90,000 customers who lost it in the Financial District...
Trump says he will release tax reform package next week

Trump says he will release tax reform package next week

President Donald Trump says businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says the plan will result in tax cuts for both individuals and businesses. He would not provide details of the plan, saying only that the tax cuts will be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever...
The Latest: Russian hacker sentenced to 27 years

The Latest: Russian hacker sentenced to 27 years

The Latest on the sentencing of a Russian man convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card data (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A Russian man convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card data has been sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitution. Roman Seleznev was sentenced Friday in federal court in Seattle. Seleznev, the...
Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of an impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm. Her music teacher at Island Creek Elementary in Fairfax County...
Trump secrecy moves threaten his 'drain the swamp' pledge

Trump secrecy moves threaten his 'drain the swamp' pledge

The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. One of the president's closest aides, Steve Bannon, assured him it's a priority. Bannon said he "agrees with the concept that Washington is rigged," said Wamp, a former...
The Latest: OMB preps for shutdown, WH says it's unlikely

The Latest: OMB preps for shutdown, WH says it's unlikely

The Latest on negotiations on a budget bill (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The Office of Management and Budget has begun taking routine steps in preparation for a potential government shutdown that the White House is hoping to avoid. Press Secretary Sean Spicer stressed that the steps were required ahead of the expiration of government funding at the end of next week. Still, he characterized a funding...
Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. "That last kiss goodbye," as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini onto a path no spacecraft has gone before — into the gap between Saturn and its rings. It's treacherous territory. A particle...
Bank robber turned Georgetown law professor is just getting started on his goals

Bank robber turned Georgetown law professor is just getting started on his goals

 During a break in a basketball game to raise money for charity, Shon Hopwood told some of his Georgetown law students it felt different than the last time he was on a court: When he played basketball in federal prison, he had to carry a shank in case his team started to lose.  His students laughed. He ran back onto the law-school court — and sank the winning shot.   ...
Trump eyes changes to Obama's tax and Wall Street rules

Trump eyes changes to Obama's tax and Wall Street rules

Hoping to spur economic growth, President Donald Trump embarked Friday on new steps to dismantle some of the tax and financial regulations established by former President Barack Obama. Trump signed an executive order to review any major tax regulations set last year by his predecessor, as well as two memos to potentially revamp or eliminate fundamental elements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms...
House intel panel to hear from top officials on Russia probe

House intel panel to hear from top officials on Russia probe

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials are expected to testify next week on Capitol Hill about Russian activities to influence the U.S. presidential election. The House intelligence committee said Friday that it had sent letters requesting FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, to appear at a closed hearing on Tuesday. The committee said it...
The Latest: G-20 endorses benefits of free trade

The Latest: G-20 endorses benefits of free trade

The Latest on global finance meetings (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The world's major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be done for those left behind. The German finance minister says if more isn't done "we will see more protectionism and countries retreating from globalization." The minister, Wolfgang...
Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation. It sent letters to officials in California and major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, all places...
Egyptian-American release came after 'no deal,' Trump says

Egyptian-American release came after 'no deal,' Trump says

President Donald Trump said he struck "no deal" for the release of an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been detained in the country for nearly three years. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, returned to the Washington area Thursday. She met Friday with Trump in the Oval Office. Trump had hosted Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the White House...
Florida senator who used racial slur resigns

Florida senator who used racial slur resigns

A Florida state senator who used a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues resigned Friday, saying the incident is causing a distraction to the legislative process. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles submitted a resignation letter to Republican Senate President Joe Negron and issued a separate statement. "I clearly made comments that were hurtful, unacceptable...
Court promptly denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

Court promptly denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

An appeals court in Chicago took just three days to reject a request from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for another sentencing hearing, agreeing his 14-year prison term for corruption was a stiff punishment but was well within the sentencing judge's discretion. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' unanimous Friday ruling also dismissed arguments that Judge James Zagel should have...
Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

A judge on Friday ordered key evidence in the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez preserved, granting a request from the ex-NFL star's fiancee so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death. Bristol Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire's ruling includes video recordings of Hernandez's cell for the eight hours before he was found hanged, records of where Hernandez was during that time and...
Obama to hold first public event of his post-presidency

Obama to hold first public event of his post-presidency

Former President Barack Obama will speak Monday in Chicago to young community leaders and organizers at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. Obama's first public engagement comes as President Donald Trump nears his 100-day mark in office next week. The news release announcing the event says Obama's post-presidential goal is "to encourage and support the next generation...
Trooper's mother says she doesn't hate killer, wants justice

Trooper's mother says she doesn't hate killer, wants justice

The mother of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Friday she doesn't hate her son's killer, but wants him held accountable. Darla Dickson testified at the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial. She was one of several family members and close friends who filled in details about the life of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, who was shot and killed in a September 2014 ambush at the police barracks. A second...
Ohio family members plead for tips to solve massacre of 8

Ohio family members plead for tips to solve massacre of 8

Tearful family members are pleading for information that could help solve the massacre of eight people in Ohio a year ago, in a video released Friday. Geneva Rhoden, who lost two sons, three grandchildren and a nephew, said she is begging anyone with information to step up. "If there's someone out there that knows anything about what happened, would they please, please come forward and tell what...
Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump spat

Pence reaffirms US-Australia alliance after Trump spat

Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces on Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program. Pence and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long American-Australian alliance following a meeting in Sydney, with the...
Betsy DeVos joins chief critic on tour of public schools

Betsy DeVos joins chief critic on tour of public schools

President Donald Trump’s secretary of education has promoted school choice in many of her public statements and in visits to private and charter schools. This week, however, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos toured traditional public schools, which she has contended are failing their students. DeVos was in rural Ohio at the invitation of one of her chief critics, American Federation of Teachers...
The Latest: Pence says US will honor refugee deal

The Latest: Pence says US will honor refugee deal

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia and Australia (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will honor a refugee resettlement deal with Australia that President Donald Trump once dubbed "dumb." Pence told reporters on Saturday that he had reassured Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the U.S. will honor the agreement...
The Latest: Trump says charges against Assange would be 'OK'

The Latest: Trump says charges against Assange would be 'OK'

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says that if the Justice Department wants to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, "it's OK with me." Trump says he is not involved in that decision-making process, but would support Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he charged Assange with a crime. The administration has stepped up its rhetoric against...
Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life...
Jeff Sessions dismisses Hawaii as 'an island in the Pacific'

Jeff Sessions dismisses Hawaii as 'an island in the Pacific'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke dismissively about the state of Hawaii while criticizing a U.S. District Court ruling last month that blocked the Trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.   “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what...
Q&A: Judge whom Trump criticized as 'hater' now hearing key deportation case 

Q&A: Judge whom Trump criticized as 'hater' now hearing key deportation case 

Last summer, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego was thrust into the center of the presidential campaign.  Curiel presided over the lawsuit against Trump University and was heavily criticized by then-candidate Donald Trump in a way that some critics considered racist. Trump claimed Curiel's Mexican heritage made him biased against Trump, who had railed against illegal immigration...
Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

People who are freed from prison when their convictions are reversed deserve a refund of what they paid in fees, court costs and restitution, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  "They are entitled to be presumed innocent" once their convictions are thrown out, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the state "has zero claim" to their money.  The 7-1 decision orders the...
25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

Calling it a "profoundly sad and tragic" case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash. Thursday's sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that riveted the city for more than a year. It capped two days of shattering, sad and...
Virginia governor: Man is guilty, but shouldn't be executed

Virginia governor: Man is guilty, but shouldn't be executed

For weeks, supporters of a man sentenced to death in a 2006 murder-for-hire case urged Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life because they believe he may be innocent. In the end, they got their wish, but not because the governor doubts he's guilty. McAuliffe said Thursday that he believes Ivan Teleguz hired another man to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2001. But the Democrat said he cannot let...
US Defense Sec'y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

US Defense Sec'y Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication is that Syria may be concerned about additional U.S. strikes following the cruise missile attack earlier...
Arkansas events show risk of ambitious execution schedule

Arkansas events show risk of ambitious execution schedule

Arkansas' push to put eight men to death in less than two weeks has so far resulted in just one lethal injection, and legal experts say that shows the risks of pursuing the nation's most ambitious execution schedule since the death penalty was restored in 1976. Ledell Lee was executed minutes before his death warrant was set to expire late Thursday. It was the first time since 2005 that Arkansas had...
Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee

Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee

A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl's family said Friday. The girl is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma, lawyer Jason Whatley said in a press release. "There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only...
3 Seattle officers shot; 1 suspect dead, 2 in custody

3 Seattle officers shot; 1 suspect dead, 2 in custody

Three Seattle police officers were shot and injured during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect, who later died, after a robbery at a downtown convenience store. Three people are suspected in the Thursday robbery at a 7-Eleven store near Pioneer Square, the city's oldest neighborhood, said Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best. Officers chased two suspects, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, who...
Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it. But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale. The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped...
Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites. Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitution...
Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to 'rest easy'

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to 'rest easy'

Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals." The president...
Fresno killings suspect has 2-decade history of violence

Fresno killings suspect has 2-decade history of violence

The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom for his first appearance before a judge. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was supposed to be officially informed about the first-degree murder charge he is accused of in the shooting death of an unarmed security guard...
Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an increasing number of working-age adults. In a break from past...
Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which had gotten a skeptical reception at the Capitol. In brief comments to reporters Friday, Trump said the attempt to rekindle the GOP drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law...
Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

Trump's budget chief says money for border wall a must

Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says. Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president. Lawmakers hope to...
Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade

Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade

The world's major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be done for those left behind, and the new Trump administration is letting it be known that it intends to make sure that America's trade deals are fair for U.S. workers. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told reporters Friday that if more isn't done...
Gunman in Missouri utility worker deaths had criminal record

Gunman in Missouri utility worker deaths had criminal record

A gunman who killed two utility workers in St. Louis before killing himself had a long criminal history, including drug and assault convictions, along with financial troubles leading to bankruptcy, court records show. Police on Friday identified the gunman as 51-year-old Clinton Willis, who lived about a mile from where the Laclede Gas employees were shot Thursday. Police identified the slain workers...
With tears, tattoos, Prince fans remember him a year later

With tears, tattoos, Prince fans remember him a year later

For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose is a time for sadness and celebration. It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived. Fans from around the globe have flocked to Paisley Park, now a museum, for a four-day celebration that includes performances...
Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they've achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. "I know that the election hit a lot of us hard," Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. "But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over...
In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.-Australia...
Charity worker returns to US after being detained in Egypt

Charity worker returns to US after being detained in Egypt

An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned Thursday night to the United States, the White House said. Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, arrived in the Washington area, said a White House official who was not authorized to discuss the case by name and requested anonymity. Earlier this week a court acquitted Hijazi...
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