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After trip's final day, Trump to return to tumult at home

Down to the final day of his lengthy first international trip, President Donald Trump will lift off for Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, returning to a White House that sits under a cloud of scandal. Trump will spend Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to three...


Lawsuit: Arkansas man died after jail denied medical help

Lawsuit: Arkansas man died after jail denied medical help

The family of an Arkansas man has filed a federal lawsuit in Texas accusing a for-profit jail and at least 12 guards and nurses of denying him adequate medical care as his health worsened and leaving him to die in his cell. Videos that are part of the lawsuit show 35-year-old Michael Sabbie having difficulty standing and breathing after an altercation with guards hours before his death in July 2015...
Utah senator, mayor among top candidates for Chaffetz's seat

Utah senator, mayor among top candidates for Chaffetz's seat

State lawmakers and a mayor were among those expected Friday to lead a packed field of nearly two dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Fifteen Republicans, four Democrats, one Libertarian and two independents have filed to run after Chaffetz announced he would step down next month from the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District, which...
Workers dangle from cables after partial building collapse

Workers dangle from cables after partial building collapse

Scaffolding and wet concrete gave way at a building site in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, leaving construction workers dangling from metal cables and rebar and injuring at least 19 people, officials said. The partial collapse occurred after workers had laid down what appeared to be a concrete second floor for a building under construction in Oakland. Video taken by a worker in the seconds...
Prosecutor: Rape sentence lenient, compares to Brock Turner

Prosecutor: Rape sentence lenient, compares to Brock Turner

A California prosecutor says a man convicted of raping a relative received a sentence that is too lenient, comparing the monthslong jail term to the case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner. A judge sentenced 20-year-old Nolan Bruder last week to 240 days in jail and three years' probation for drugging and raping a family member on July 11 in Crescent City, The Los Angeles Times reported...
Sounds of silence? Trump's body language speaks volumes

Sounds of silence? Trump's body language speaks volumes

The alpha-male handshake. The deadpan reaction from NATO leaders. The presidential push to the front of the pack. Even if Donald Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip abroad, the body language of the president and those around him has spoken volumes. Day after day, with no presidential press conferences on the schedule, Trump watchers have instead parsed the president's movements...
Trump condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Trump condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

President Donald Trump vowed Friday to crush "evil organizations of terror" following an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that killed more than two dozen people near Cairo and prompted the country's leader to appeal to Trump to lead the fight against global terrorism. In a sharply worded statement, Trump condemned terrorists who were "engaged in a war against civilization"...
Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions

Colorado oil tank blast kills worker, spurs safety questions

An oil tank explosion in northern Colorado killed a worker and burned three others, shooting up flames just miles away from an unrelated gas blast last month and prompting fresh questions about safety in one of Colorado's largest industries — oil and gas extraction. The fire flared Thursday when the workers completed upgrades to an oil tank battery, which is a collection of tanks that receive...
The Latest: Aviator killed in Vietnam comes home for burial

The Latest: Aviator killed in Vietnam comes home for burial

The Latest on the arrival of the remains of a Vietnam War casualty in San Diego for burial (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial. The family of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Crosby watched Friday as his casket was removed from a Delta Air Lines jet at San Diego's airport and six sailors...
California 'anti-fascist' activist charged with assault

California 'anti-fascist' activist charged with assault

A former San Francisco Bay Area community college philosophy teacher and "anti-fascist" activist was charged Friday with hitting several people in the head with a bicycle lock during a violent clash between supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump last month. Berkeley police officers arrested Eric Clanton, 28, Wednesday at his Oakland, California, home. Police seized "flags...
Bullet tests clear Detroit man in prison since 1992

Bullet tests clear Detroit man in prison since 1992

A man who claims Detroit police framed him for a 1992 slaying walked out of prison for the first time in 25 years after new tests showed bullets taken from the victim's body didn't come from a gun that was presented at trial as the murder weapon. "Justice prevailed," Desmond Ricks, 51, told The Associated Press after enjoying a grilled turkey-and-cheese sandwich with his legal team at a...
Alaska Natives honored for protecting territory during WWII

Alaska Natives honored for protecting territory during WWII

Officials on Friday posthumously honored more than a dozen members of a largely Alaska Native citizen militia who protected the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, bringing closure to their families for a service that went unrecognized for decades. Gov. Bill Walker and state veterans affairs officials presented Army discharge papers to the relatives of 16 deceased...
GOP holds onto Montana seat, yet both parties optimistic

GOP holds onto Montana seat, yet both parties optimistic

Republicans and Democrats found cause for optimism Friday even as the GOP candidate, facing last-minute assault charges, held onto Montana's sole House seat. The final unofficial tally in Thursday's election showed wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte with 50.2 percent of the vote, compared to Democratic musician Rob Quist with 44.1 percent. "Great win in Montana," President Donald...
5 myths about beer

5 myths about beer

Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season's first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. "This is a golden age for beer lovers," as the Washington Post reported in 2016. Yet the sheer number of options could confuse even the most enthusiastic...
New 'Blue Lives Matter' laws raise concerns among activists

New 'Blue Lives Matter' laws raise concerns among activists

Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations. The new measures build upon existing statutes allowing harsher sentences for people who...
White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

The president's chief economic adviser is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it "doesn't really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock," directly contradicting President Donald Trump's repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry. Briefing reporters Thursday night on Air Force One, Gary Cohn singled out natural gas as "such a cleaner fuel." By exporting...
Civil War museum closes after spat over Confederate flag

Civil War museum closes after spat over Confederate flag

This much everyone can agree on: A small Civil War museum, nestled in an old farmhouse at the site of a purported battlefield, has closed its doors and boxed up its Confederate and Union artifacts. The leaders of a volunteer group that runs the Nash Farm Battlefield Museum said they preferred to close rather than fight a county commissioner's request to remove all Confederate flags from the museum...
Judge: No Confederate flag T-shirt in officer's retrial

Judge: No Confederate flag T-shirt in officer's retrial

The jury in the murder retrial of a white Ohio police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist will not see the officer's undershirt depicting a Confederate battle flag, because a judge ruled Friday that the garment is too prejudicial. Prosecutors said the T-shirt Tensing wore under his uniform the day of Samuel DuBose's death was relevant because it was undamaged, countering Tensing's claim...
Trump's budget cuts West Coast quake warning system funding

Trump's budget cuts West Coast quake warning system funding

President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project. The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is intended at providing critical seconds of warning when an earthquake has started...
Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

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 against missiles of less-than-intercontinental range...
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 sells for $51,000, or several thousand dollars below the median U.S. income in 2015. She also carried a matching clutch to lunch with spouses of the G-7 leaders, held at the historic Elephants Palace and hosted by Catania's mayor. The burst of color in the U.S. first lady's wardrobe...
Ex-Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

Ex-Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1982 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the death of an infant a year earlier, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, is serving concurrent 99-year and 60-year sentences at a Gatesville prison for the 1982 killing of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan and the sickening...
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...
South Carolina man admits to killing 7; gets life sentence

South Carolina man admits to killing 7; gets life sentence

A prosecutor wanted to send a man who killed seven people in South Carolina to death row, but the state's lack of execution drugs and the desire of victims' relatives to never see him again led authorities to accept a deal for life in prison without parole for the serial killer. Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts of murder for the killings that took place over well over a decade -...
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...
Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought home

Fallen Navy pilot's children hug as remains brought home

Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War. Deborah Crosby, now 58, was only six when she was sent home from the first grade to...
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...
Next for Montana's new congressman: Day in court, then DC

Next for Montana's new congressman: Day in court, then DC

Montana's new congressman hasn't even been sworn into his first public office, but people are already talking about his prospects in 2018 and even 2020. First things first though for Greg Gianforte, who has to deal with a misdemeanor assault charge he received the day before the election after witnesses said he slammed a reporter to the ground. Gianforte could have appeared in court in Bozeman on...
If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready

If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready

If the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won't have to track down the president's son-in-law. Amid reports the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner's encounters, his lawyer says he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Federal investigators and several congressional committees are...
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 calls Trump's budget a mean-spirited 'con'

Clinton calls Trump's budget a mean-spirited 'con'

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 'evolving' on climate action, pressured by Europeans

Trump 'evolving' on climate action, pressured by Europeans

Forceful face-to-face talks this week with fellow world leaders left President Donald Trump "more knowledgeable" and with "evolving" views about the global climate accord he's threatened to abandon, a top White House official said Friday. Trump also was impressed by their arguments about how crucial U.S. leadership is in supporting international efforts. The president's new apparent...
$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...
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