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GOP holds onto Montana seat, yet both parties optimistic

Both political parties are finding cause for optimism in a House race in Montana won by a Republican who faced last-minute assault charges. Looking ahead to next year's midterm elections, Democratic strategists said Friday that forcing Republicans to spend millions for a narrow win in a conservative state amounted to a victory itself. The final unofficial tally in Thursday's election showed wealthy...


US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts since 1999. The most recent test, in June 2014, was a...
Rough treatment of journalists in the Trump era

Rough treatment of journalists in the Trump era

For those concerned about press freedom, the first months of the Trump administration have been troubling. Journalists have been yelled at, pepper-sprayed, pinned by security and even arrested on the job. Now, one reporter has accused a Republican candidate of assault.   Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the recent episodes were not enough to...
Melania Trump wears $51K Dolce & Gabbana jacket in Sicily

Melania Trump wears $51K Dolce & Gabbana jacket in Sicily

Melania Trump's first outing in the Sicilian sunshine was in a colorful floral applique jacket by Dolce & Gabbana that comes off the rack at $51,000. Mrs. Trump also carried a matching clutch when she went to lunch with the other spouses of G7 leaders at the historic Elephants Palace hosted by Catania's mayor. The color burst comes after a steady wardrobe of mostly black during President Donald Trump's...
Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s

Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1984 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the 1981 death of an infant, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, has been serving concurrent sentences at a prison in Gatesville for two 1984 convictions: a 99-year prison sentence for murder in the death of 15-month-old...
Leaks — a uniquely American way of annoying the authorities

Leaks — a uniquely American way of annoying the authorities

  British leaders were infuriated this week when the name of the Manchester concert bomber was disclosed by U.S. officials, and further outraged when The New York Times ran investigators’ photographs of the bomb remnants. After Prime Minister Theresa May complained bitterly to President Donald Trump, he denounced the leaks on Thursday and vowed to find and punish the leakers.  ...
Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

How can you get a gourmet Italian pizza delivered right to your door for no more than $7? Get locked up at Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inmates in the jail's medium-security Division 11 can now order pizzas made with the finest ingredients in the kind of ovens found in pizzerias. It's all part of Sheriff Tom Dart's ongoing effort to make jail a bit more humane while providing inmates skills that might...
Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs

Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs

Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from international affairs and foreign policy, President Donald Trump's time in office has so far been a "complete disaster." Speaking at an energy conference Thursday in Houston, Boehner praised Trump for his approach abroad and his aggressiveness in fighting Islamic State militants, according to the energy publication Rigzone. "Everything...
Trump administration considers moving student loans from Education Dept. to Treasury

Trump administration considers moving student loans from Education Dept. to Treasury

The Trump administration is considering moving responsibility for overseeing more than $1 trillion in student debt from the Education Department to the Treasury Department, a switch that would radically change the system that helps 43 million students finance higher education.   The potential change surfaced in a scathing resignation memo sent late Tuesday night by James Runcie, the head...
Florida woman arrested, accused of covering ex-boyfriend in pork fried rice

Florida woman arrested, accused of covering ex-boyfriend in pork fried rice

There’s a big difference between being “hangry” and being a really angry ex-girlfriend.  A Florida man learned this after he found himself “covered from head to toe in pork fried rice and a red sauce,” the Smoking Gun reported via an Indian County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.  Brian Kusmer, 31, was eating lunch at a Chinese food restaurant on...
Man charged with killing 7 in South Carolina heads to court

Man charged with killing 7 in South Carolina heads to court

A South Carolina man who admitted killing seven people over nearly 13 years while running a successful real estate business pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts of murder and a number of other charges. Todd Kohlhepp admitted his role in the deaths of seven people less than seven months after he was arrested when investigators checking on a missing couple rescued a woman chained inside a shipping...
Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on

Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on

The Warthog is sitting pretty. Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration's view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets. In the 2018 Pentagon budget plan sent to Congress this week, the Air Force proposed...
Trump views on climate 'evolving' amid push from Europeans

Trump views on climate 'evolving' amid push from Europeans

President Donald Trump's views on climate change are "evolving" following discussions with European leaders who are pushing for him to stay in the Paris climate accord, a top White House official said Friday. "He feels much more knowledgeable on the topic today," said Gary Cohn, Trump's top White House economic adviser. "He came here to learn, he came here to get smarter."...
Analysis: The investigation of Jared Kushner fits a very troubling pattern

Analysis: The investigation of Jared Kushner fits a very troubling pattern

Jared Kushner has just been revealed as the senior White House adviser who is under investigation in the Russia probe - which is news that comes as little surprise. Indeed, when The Washington Post reported last week that a then-unnamed top Donald Trump adviser was a focus, many quickly assumed it was Kushner.   But while those assumptions were based on his known contacts with Russians and...
Man is suing Hershey for ‘under-filling’ his box of Whoppers

Man is suing Hershey for ‘under-filling’ his box of Whoppers

A lawsuit alleging that Hershey is intentionally under-filling packages of Whoppers, Reese's Pieces and other candy has gotten the green light to move forward.   Robert Bratton of Missouri claims that the $1 packages of chocolate he bought last fall were only partially full. The box of Whoppers, he argued in the lawsuit, was about 59 percent full, while the box of Reese Piece's was 71 percent...
Alabama officials raced clock to execute convicted murderer

Alabama officials raced clock to execute convicted murderer

Alabama's quest to kill an inmate who spent decades on death row for murder became a high-stakes game of beat the clock after the U.S. Supreme Court finally cleared the way for his execution. Faced with a deluge of last-minute defense appeals and a legal deadline of midnight to execute Tommy Arthur for a 1982 contract killing, officers at Holman prison had to set the final stage for a lethal injection...
Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Donald Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress look to cut the federal budget and repeal President Barack Obama's...
As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts

As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts

When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the U.S. leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations in crisis. Left unsaid by the president or the White House: His proposal to slash such funds by more than 40 percent in the next fiscal year. While the Trump administration's 2018 spending...
GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Republicans trying to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law are grappling with a hard lesson that vexed him: Quality health insurance isn't cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor. Something has to give. Now, the GOP's laser focus on lowering premiums could undermine comprehensive coverage, such as...
Small university outranks many others in black physics grads

Small university outranks many others in black physics grads

With an enrollment of 1,200, Dillard ranks second in the country in black physics undergrads. The point was punctuated at Dillard's recent commencement exercises, which featured a keynote address from actress and singer Janelle Monae, one of the stars of "Hidden Figures." The award-winning film tells the story of the black women scientists who fought Jim Crow while doing essential mathematical...
Daughter to bury father missing for 50 years in Vietnam

Daughter to bury father missing for 50 years in Vietnam

More than half a century ago, Deborah Crosby was sent home from the first grade to find military officers in her living room and her mother distraught: Her father's Navy plane had been shot down in northern Vietnam, and he was presumed dead, though his body had not been found. Her mother could never talk about that day, but she gave Crosby and her three brothers a binder with articles about her father's...
Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals ruled that the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination." Citing the president's duty to protect the country from terrorism, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that the Justice Department will ask the high court to review the case, although he offered...
GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

A Montana Republican businessman won the state's U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats' hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year. Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill. "Last night, I made a mistake. I took an action I can't take...
Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said. The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress...
Kennedys discuss JFK's legacy 100 years after his birth

Kennedys discuss JFK's legacy 100 years after his birth

John F. Kennedy didn't make it even halfway to 100 — a milestone he might have celebrated next week — but the slain U.S. president's legacy is being lived out by members of his family. The nation's 35th president was born on May 29, 1917, in the leafy Boston suburb of Brookline. Before he was felled at age 46 by an assassin's bullets in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the charismatic Kennedy...
Clinton: Trump budget an 'attack of unimaginable cruelty'

Clinton: Trump budget an 'attack of unimaginable cruelty'

Hillary Clinton peppered her Wellesley College commencement address Friday with barbs aimed at her rival in last year's presidential election, criticizing President Donald Trump's budget proposal as a mean-spirited "con." The former Democratic presidential nominee never mentioned Trump by name even as she lashed out at his proposed budget as "an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the...
Trump pushes on terror, listens on climate at G-7

Trump pushes on terror, listens on climate at G-7

In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation. He faced a far cooler reception in Europe, where he has gone on the offensive, including an extraordinary scolding of some of the United States' closest allies. But Trump...
$95.6M awarded to Philadelphia building collapse survivor

$95.6M awarded to Philadelphia building collapse survivor

An arbitrator has awarded $95.6 million to a Ukrainian immigrant who was seriously injured in a 2013 Philadelphia building collapse. Mariya Plekan's attorney, Andrew Stern, announced the division of the $227 million settlement on Thursday. Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in the collapse reached the settlement with several defendants in February after a 17-week trial. Plekan was expected to...
San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino attack in December 2015. The report released by the San Bernardino County district attorney's office includes the accounts of nearly two dozen law enforcement officers and details how officers identified Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik...
Mrs. Trump visits Brussels children's hospital, art museum

Mrs. Trump visits Brussels children's hospital, art museum

Melania Trump joined the spouses of other NATO leaders visiting a children's hospital and touring a Brussels museum on Thursday. Mrs. Trump worked through moments of awkwardness and language barriers to help ailing children make flowers out of crepe paper. "So beautiful," she told them. They shared opinions on books, movies and favorite flowers — she said hers include orchids and peonies...
Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow , is being investigated...
Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

Trump pushes aside Montenegro leader _ who calls it natural

President Donald Trump's push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media — but the man he shoved aside took it in stride. At Thursday's gathering in Brussels, Trump put his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushed himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance's new...
Police: Tractor-trailer crashes into famed Nevada brothel

Police: Tractor-trailer crashes into famed Nevada brothel

A man wearing body armor and a mask backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch before dawn Thursday and crashed it into the front door of the famed Nevada brothel featured in the CatHouse reality television show, according to authorities and the brothel's owner. Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction...
San Diego schools sued over anti-Islamophobia campaign

San Diego schools sued over anti-Islamophobia campaign

Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students. Charles LiMandri, an attorney for the parents, called the campaign a "politically correct solution to a problem that does not exist." The plan drew little attention when the board approved it 4-0 on April 4...
Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

The ongoing leaks of sensitive information that have been a hallmark of the Trump administration are antagonizing one of America's closest allies, with officials in Britain incensed over details of the Manchester bombing investigation finding their way into the news. The longstanding practice of allied countries sharing intelligence had already been threatened by reports that President Donald Trump...
In Brussels, Trump appears to push aside prime minister of Montenegro

In Brussels, Trump appears to push aside prime minister of Montenegro

Pity tiny Montenegro.   The Balkan state is in the process of formally joining NATO, but membership, it seems, does not earn it a spot at the front of the line.   Video footage of world leaders at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday shows President Donald Trump appearing to push his way past the Montenegrin prime minister, Dusko Markovic, as he made his way to the front of the...
US: Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden

US: Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden

An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill U.S. military personnel or civilians has been charged with stabbing the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34, was indicted Wednesday on charges that included attempted murder of a federal officer. Kurbanov is accused of using a homemade knife to attack...
Evidence doesn’t back Gingrich’s accusation about leaked emails

Evidence doesn’t back Gingrich’s accusation about leaked emails

It’s been several months since the intelligence community concluded Russia tampered in the election in ways that included stealing Democratic Party emails and giving them to WikiLeaks. Yet an unfounded conspiracy theory persists that WikiLeaks got the emails from a Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot and killed in July 2016. Seth Rich, who worked on voter access projects for the...
Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans

Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump's proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs, saying they would erase significant progress on child welfare and climate change and gut social services and education on reservations across the U.S. Members from tribes in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Idaho and Alaska called on Congress...
Media watchers blame hostility toward reporters on Trump

Media watchers blame hostility toward reporters on Trump

"It definitely started before Trump, but he definitely exacerbated it," said Kelly McBride, a vice president at the Poynter Institute, a media think tank and training center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For months, Trump, first as a candidate, now as president, has attacked the media, calling it dishonest, branding it the "enemy of the people" and accusing it of putting out "...
11 hurt, most with minor injuries, in Vegas school bus crash

11 hurt, most with minor injuries, in Vegas school bus crash

At least 11 people were injured Thursday, including eight middle school students, their bus driver and a woman and an infant in a vehicle that collided with a school bus in Las Vegas, authorities said. The woman driving an SUV appeared to have been the most seriously hurt in the crash about 8:40 a.m. PDT, Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield said. The child was in a protective car seat, and was...
FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said Thursday. The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress...
The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte. The country singer and political newcomer told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed...
Federal appeals court largely maintains freeze of Trump's travel ban

Federal appeals court largely maintains freeze of Trump's travel ban

A federal appeals court on Thursday largely left in place the freeze on President Donald Trump's revised entry ban, handing the administration another legal blow in its efforts to block the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim majority countries. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit means the Trump administration still cannot enforce its travel order that the government...
Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

Restaurants, grocers and other businesses celebrated on Thursday as House Republicans backed off efforts to eliminate the cap on fees that banks can charge retailers when customers use a debit card. The chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, had pushed for scrapping the limit as part of his legislation to gut the Dodd-Frank law, the strict financial rules established...
Senate acts on Trump pick, promotes judge to appeals court

Senate acts on Trump pick, promotes judge to appeals court

The Senate on Thursday filled the first federal appeals court vacancy in more than a year, promoting a trial court judge who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky was confirmed for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a 52-44 vote. Thapar was the first judge nominated by President Donald Trump to a district or appeals court. There are about...
Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. Trump's administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit...
Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet would be relatively boring and uniform down low. "What we're finding...
House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

House Republicans stuck with their candidate in Montana's special House race Thursday even though he was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slamming a reporter to the ground. Speaker Paul Ryan said Greg Gianforte should apologize, but the GOP leader did not disavow Gianforte's candidacy or call on him to drop out. And Ryan indicated that Gianforte, a wealthy tech company founder, would...
Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter. Wild-horse advocates say the change would gut nearly a half-century of protection for an icon of the American West and could send thousands of free-roaming mustangs to foreign...
Ryan: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline

Ryan: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline

House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing authority and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations. Ryan said Thursday that "the debt ceiling issue will get resolved." He spoke a day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned lawmakers that Congress needs to vote to increase the almost $20 trillion...
$6 billion in improper student aid payments found at Ed Dept

$6 billion in improper student aid payments found at Ed Dept

Members of Congress criticized the Education Department on Thursday over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of federal student aid programs. Kathleen Tighe, inspector general at the Education Department, told a House hearing that the department made $2.21 billion in improper payments as part of its Pell grants program in 2016 and $3.86 billion as part of the Direct Loan program. Overall...
Caroline Kennedy says she's missed JFK every day of her life

Caroline Kennedy says she's missed JFK every day of her life

President John F. Kennedy's daughter reminisces about her father in a new video released ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday. Speaking about her father in the video released by the JFK Library in Boston, Caroline Kennedy says she has "thought about him and missed him every day" of her life. She also recalls memories of her father, including hiding under his desk in the oval...
Senate panel OKs ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

Senate panel OKs ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. The move — by voice vote on Thursday — all but assures that the full Senate will confirm Brown's selection for the post after the Memorial Day recess. Brown is a Republican who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013. He won a special election...
The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local): 12 p.m. The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls. Repeated phone calls to Greg Gianforte's cellphone went unreturned Thursday. Twice it appeared...
Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Donald Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress look to cut the federal budget and repeal President Barack Obama's...
House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'

House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the violence against peaceful protesters by bodyguards for Turkey's president was "completely indefensible," as members of Congress pressed the Trump administration for a more forceful U.S. response. Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement that Turkey is an important ally and NATO member, but its leaders must "fully condemn and apologize for this...
Who is Greg Gianforte? Some background on the Montana candidate accused of assault

Who is Greg Gianforte? Some background on the Montana candidate accused of assault

Greg Gianforte, a wealthy former software executive who is running for Congress in Montana, was charged with misdemeanor assault and accused of attacking a news reporter on the eve of the election. Gianforte, a Republican, has been seen as the favorite to fill the vacant House seat, though his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, has been an unexpectedly tenacious challenger.   Gianforte, 56...
Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place. The Foreign Relations Committee voted 18-3 on Thursday despite concerns from former Secretary of State John Kerry and several Democrats that the measure could nonetheless lead to the unraveling of the nuclear...
Yates tells Harvard students why she defied Trump

Yates tells Harvard students why she defied Trump

In a fierce, sometimes personal speech, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to defend his travel ban, told the graduating class at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that her decision was a surprising but crucial moment when “law and conscience intersected.”   Yates has become a hero to many Democrats for standing up to the president...
Report: Huge tank that exploded needed emergency repairs

Report: Huge tank that exploded needed emergency repairs

A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said Thursday. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released findings of its investigation into the horrifying April 3 explosion...
Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is asking regulators for a 23 percent price hike next year because it doesn't expect crucial payments from the federal government to continue. That announcement comes a day after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City said it will leave the individual insurance market next year, a decision that affects about 67,000 people in a 32-county area in Kansas...
Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go

Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go

U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron. At their first meeting, ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, the two men locked hands for so long that knuckles started turning white. Trump finally seemed ready to pull away — but Macron evidently wasn't. The French leader held the shake for a few seconds more. Both men's...
Democratic congressman has heart valve replacement procedure

Democratic congressman has heart valve replacement procedure

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has undergone a heart procedure and will remain hospitalized for a few days. That's the word from Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. He says in a statement that he had what he calls a "minimally invasive medical procedure" on Wednesday — a transarterial aortic valve replacement — at Johns Hopkins Hospital...
Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

There's a glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday. Beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies over last winter, the annual Bee Informed Partnership survey found. That's the lowest winter loss level since the survey started in 2006 and an improvement from nearly 27 percent the...
Despite promise, Trump’s business offers little information about foreign profits 

Despite promise, Trump’s business offers little information about foreign profits 

Despite President Donald Trump's promise to donate all profits from foreign-government sources at his Washington hotel and other businesses, recently released internal documents reveal that Trump's private company has made only a limited effort at identifying foreign funds.   An undated document sent throughout the Trump Organization, called "Donations of Profits from Foreign Government...
Muslims in America, by the numbers

Muslims in America, by the numbers

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In fact, if current trends continue, Muslims will surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century, according to the Pew Research Center. As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making up the majority of the population in 49 countries. And only 0.2 percent...
The Latest: GOP lawmakers say little about Montana candidate

The Latest: GOP lawmakers say little about Montana candidate

The Latest on the assault case against Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a Thursday special election. (all times local): 8:40 a.m. GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday said they didn't know the facts about Republican Greg Gianforte being charged with misdemeanor assault. A reporter from the Guardian accused...
Trump's speech to Israeli parliament scrapped amid concerns

Trump's speech to Israeli parliament scrapped amid concerns

Israel's parliament speaker says a proposal that Donald Trump would speak before the Knesset during his visit to Israel was scrapped over fears that the American president would be interrupted and heckled by some lawmakers. Yuli Edelstein told Army Radio on Thursday that U.S. officials rejected the idea of a parliament tour and address to lawmakers because of the Knesset's notoriously raucous debates...
Analysis: Could Donald Trump issue himself a pardon?

Analysis: Could Donald Trump issue himself a pardon?

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, an interesting constitutional thought experiment emerged: If Hillary Clinton did deserve to be locked up, in the eloquent articulation of Donald Trump supporters, could she use the power of the presidential pardon on … herself? On Nov. 8, the question became pointless, as we learned that Clinton would not have that authority or any power of the...
Former Trump campaign chairman submits Russia-related documents to intelligence panels 

Former Trump campaign chairman submits Russia-related documents to intelligence panels 

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, turned over 305 pages of documents related to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, according to people familiar with the ongoing inquiries.   Manafort's submission came in response to letters the congressional panels sent in recent weeks to a...
Five startling things DeVos just told Congress

Five startling things DeVos just told Congress

Does this sound familiar? Betsy DeVos went to Capitol Hill to testify before U.S. lawmakers. She didn't answer a lot of direct questions and engaged in some contentious debates with some members.   That happened in January when she went before the Senate Education Committee for her confirmation hearing, during which she said schools needed guns to protect against grizzly bears. This time...
California guards, inmates recovering after rare mass attack

California guards, inmates recovering after rare mass attack

Four inmates remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds Thursday, a day after California correctional officers opened fire to quell a rare mass attack on eight prison guards by more than 100 inmates, officials said. One Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will need surgery after he was shot in the chin. The other three were shot in the arms and legs, Corrections Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said...
From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston. Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they've...
Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is renewing debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade. Trump's budget, unveiled on Tuesday, calls for selling an additional 270 million barrels of oil over the next decade, raising an estimated...
Trump takes a more cautious approach on big trip

Trump takes a more cautious approach on big trip

In his first big tour on the world stage, President Donald Trump is choosing caution over his usual brand of chaos. The early morning Twitter rants that so often rattle Washington have disappeared as Trump travels through the Middle East and Europe. The president has traded his free-wheeling speaking style for tightly scripted remarks. And with most of the traveling press corps being kept at a distance...
Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

An inmate once called the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting. Tommy Arthur, 75, was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. CDT Friday following a lethal injection administered at a southwest Alabama prison, authorities said. Arthur was convicted of killing riverboat engineer...
Trump seeks to end program for older jobless Americans

Trump seeks to end program for older jobless Americans

Nathan Singletary is beyond the traditional retirement age, but he's only just beginning a new career — helping other low-income, unemployed Americans over age 55 find jobs. Singletary got his job through the half-century-old Senior Community Service Employment Program, a training and placement program underwritten by taxpayers aimed at putting older Americans back into the workforce. President...
GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

Republicans senators conceded Thursday that a scathing analysis of the House GOP health care bill had complicated their effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law. "It makes everything harder and more difficult," Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said of a Congressional Budget Office analysis projecting that the House bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage by 2026...
AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump's budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: "There are no Medicaid cuts in the terms of what ordinary human beings would refer to as a cut. We are not spending less money one year than we spent before."...
Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it's up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. "Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us," the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory about Iran's collapse

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory about Iran's collapse

President Donald Trump asserted this week that Iran was six months from ruin before its economy was saved by the nuclear deal with the West. That scenario, though, does not fit with the circumstances of that time. Here's a look at Trump's statement on the 2015 deal that eased economic sanctions in return for a freeze on Iranian nuclear development: TRUMP, on why the U.S. under President Barack Obama...
Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat. Democrats had hoped Quist, a musician and...
Gov. Walker wants Wisconsin to drug test Medicaid applicants

Gov. Walker wants Wisconsin to drug test Medicaid applicants

Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require able-bodied, childless adults applying for Medicaid health benefits to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model. Walker's plan, which needs federal approval, comes as he prepares to run for a third term next year. Wisconsin's Republican-controlled budget committee approved Walker's proposal...
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