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The Latest: Ben Carson clears initial Senate test vote

The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Senate has given its initial approval to President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. Carson's actual confirmation vote is likely Thursday. Carson, a celebrated African-American neurosurgeon and candidate in last year's GOP presidential primary, cleared...
Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

A spring-like storm system spawned tornadoes that destroyed more than 100 homes and killed three people in the central U.S. before it rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said. The compact but strong storms, known as supercells, moved into the region on Tuesday and raked parts of Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri before moving...
At least 2 dead after tornadoes touch down in central US

At least 2 dead after tornadoes touch down in central US

Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people, as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people. Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts of the central U.S., causing damage from Arkansas to Iowa and Illinois. Wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas. At Ottawa, Illinois, state Emergency Management Agency...
The Latest: Trump invited SEAL widow during condolence call

The Latest: Trump invited SEAL widow during condolence call

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:20 p.m. President Donald Trump invited the widow of Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen to attend Tuesday night's speech when he telephoned to offer his condolences. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump called Carryn Owens on Jan. 30 and invited her and her three children to attend the speech. The family visited the White...
He’s a local pillar. Now he could be deported

He’s a local pillar. Now he could be deported

Ask residents of this coal-mining crossroads about President Donald Trump’s decision to crack down on unauthorized immigrants and most offer no protest. Trump, who easily won this mostly white southern Illinois county, is doing what he promised, they say. As Terry Chambers, a barber on Main Street, put it, the president simply wants “to get rid of the bad eggs.” But then they took...
Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics

Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics

 In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense.  It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may alter America's political landscape in 2020 — or even in next year's midterm elections.  Now, a new survey of children ages 13 to 17 conducted by...
Trump’s soft spot for dreamers alienates immigration hard-liners

Trump’s soft spot for dreamers alienates immigration hard-liners

President Donald Trump’s sympathetic remarks about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers — “these incredible kids,” he has called them — were a surprising turn for a man who had vowed during the campaign to “immediately terminate” their protections from deportation. But they are unlikely to be the last word. Trump has not ruled out ending the...
An unlikely ally for Trump: liberal actress Jennifer Garner

An unlikely ally for Trump: liberal actress Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner has not given up on Donald Trump's Washington.  The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town's pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children. She spent Friday on Capitol Hill meeting dozens of top staff members. On Saturday, she delivered the keynote address before the annual National Governors Association winter meeting here. A potential sit-down...
Probes underway, but perhaps not the one Navy SEAL's father wants

Probes underway, but perhaps not the one Navy SEAL's father wants

The Jan. 29 raid that killed the Navy SEAL son of a former South Florida police officer is currently the subject of three Pentagon investigations. But it remains to be seen whether any of those probes will satisfy Bill Owens' demand to know why the raid took place just nine days into the Trump administration. The Pentagon said on Monday that the military is conducting routine review into what led...
Democrats in speech rebuttal say Trump will 'rip' away care

Democrats in speech rebuttal say Trump will 'rip' away care

Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took a populist tenor in the Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress, accusing him of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being "Wall Street's champion." Seated at a diner in Lexington, Kentucky, Beshear assailed Trump for "ignoring serious threats to our national security from...
Democrats exercise the art of dissent in subtle ways

Democrats exercise the art of dissent in subtle ways

They didn't heckle. There were no in-your-face pink "pussyhats." There were just a few no-shows. At President Donald Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday, Democrats stuck with more muted ways of exercising the art of the dis. They turned their thumbs down. They maintained stone faces. They sat on their hands. They laughed out loud when Trump declared it was time to "drain the...
Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold. The first order was met by legal challenges, confusion at airports and mass protests. The White House has forecast smoother sailing the second time around. White House press secretary Sean...
Those with blurry close-up vision get some new help

Those with blurry close-up vision get some new help

Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who's really a good candidate to toss their specs? "It's not bringing anybody back to being 20 again," cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who...
Top intel nominee pledges to resist political pressure

Top intel nominee pledges to resist political pressure

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top spy chief says he's strong enough to stand up to any political interference from those seeking intelligence to back national security policy decisions. If confirmed, former GOP Sen. Dan Coats would sit squarely between the nation's intelligence workers and President Donald Trump, who has disparaged them for past failures and their assessment...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn't earned

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn't earned

President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday night about corporate job expansion and military cost-savings that actually took root under his predecessor and gave a one-sided account of the costs and benefits to the economy from immigration — ignoring the upside. A look at some of his claims in his prime-time speech to Congress: TRUMP: "According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current...
Trump salutes widow of slain SEAL in emotional moment

Trump salutes widow of slain SEAL in emotional moment

The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber, tears streaming down her face as she looked upward and appeared to whisper to her husband. Democrats and Republicans alike stood for minutes to applaud Carryn Owens, giving her the loudest cheers of the night in a rare moment of unity during President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress...
As Mardi Gras revelry ends with a party, Lent begins

As Mardi Gras revelry ends with a party, Lent begins

After a day of parades, blaring marching bands, elaborate costumes and crowds screaming for beads, another Mardi Gras celebration is over. Fat Tuesday, which marks the end of the Carnival season, started before dawn in New Orleans and wrapped up with a ceremonial clearing of Bourbon Street at midnight. Lent — for many Christians a period of reflection or fasting ahead of Easter — begins...
Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. Four officials told The Associated Press that the decision followed pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the...
Lego set to honor women of NASA, including Katherine Johnson of 'Hidden Figures'

Lego set to honor women of NASA, including Katherine Johnson of 'Hidden Figures'

Lego fans, we have liftoff. The Denmark-based toy maker announced Tuesday that it will release a fan-designed Women of NASA set featuring minifigures of mathematician Katherine Johnson – whose story was told in the Academy Award-nominated film "Hidden Figures" – and four other trailblazers. Science editor and writer Maia Weinstock submitted the set to the Lego Ideas competition...
Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear Tuesday night, staying on-message and talking in optimistic tones, even weighing in at one point to settle...
Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke as Interior secretary

Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke as Interior secretary

Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation Wednesday as President Donald Trump's Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing the nation's 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the nomination, 68-31 as 16 Democrats and one independent joined with 51 Republicans to support the choice. Several Democrats from Western states...
Trump budget plan draws strong opposition _ from Republicans

Trump budget plan draws strong opposition _ from Republicans

President Donald Trump's plan to impose sharp cuts to foreign aid and domestic programs is a non-starter in the Republican-led Congress — and that's according to top GOP lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who once headed the panel responsible for the foreign assistance budget, told reporters that Trump's cuts to foreign aid probably couldn't pass muster on Capitol Hill...
The Latest: China rejects Trump claim it took US jobs away

The Latest: China rejects Trump claim it took US jobs away

4:25 a.m. China says its participation in the World Trade Organization has not only benefited Beijing but global economic growth as well, implicitly rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that it took factories away from the U.S. Trump, in his speech to Congress, said the U.S. has "lost 60,000 factories" since China joined the multilateral trading system. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman...
Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order is expected to be issued in the coming days. A draft suggested it would target people from six of the original...
Judge to weigh freeing Orlando shooter's widow before trial

Judge to weigh freeing Orlando shooter's widow before trial

A California judge will decide Wednesday whether to free the widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub or keep her behind bars until she faces trial on charges of aiding his attack. Noor Salman, 31, also has been charged with lying to investigators after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando where her husband Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. She...
California snowpack could bring 5-year drought to its knees

California snowpack could bring 5-year drought to its knees

The massive snowdrifts in the Sierra Nevada could finally bring the California drought to its knees and keep skiers on the slopes long enough to celebrate the Fourth of July. Winter snowfall on California's 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the water used in the nation's most populous state as the snow melts over the spring and summer and fills reservoirs supplying farmers and...
'Simple bump' led Aaron Hernandez to kill 2, prosecutor says

'Simple bump' led Aaron Hernandez to kill 2, prosecutor says

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez killed two men in a hail of gunfire after he became enraged by "a simple bump, a spilled drink and an exchange of looks" in a Boston nightclub, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements in the double-murder trial. Prosecutor Patrick Haggan told the jury that Hernandez had a brief encounter with Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the early morning...
Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89

Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89

Former Associated Press foreign correspondent Sam Summerlin, who was the first to report the Korean War had ended and covered everything from Latin American revolutions to U.S. race riots during a long and distinguished career, has died. He was 89. He died Monday at a care home in Carlsbad, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to his daughter, Claire Slattery of Encinitas...
Speech viewers stunned by on-script, less fiery Trump

Speech viewers stunned by on-script, less fiery Trump

That may have been the most common reaction from the viewers of the president's address to Congress on Tuesday night. Those looking for fireworks came away empty. What they witnessed instead was a poised and on-script president, an image some said was as stunning at this stage as any outrageous statement. Mike Mullowney, of Boston, who did not vote for Trump, sat down with his family to watch "...
In emotional moment, Trump salutes slain SEAL's wife

In emotional moment, Trump salutes slain SEAL's wife

The widow of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Yemen stood in the balcony of the House chamber, tears streaming down her face as she looked upward and appeared to whisper to her husband. Democrats and Republicans alike stood for minutes to applaud Carryn Owens, giving her the loudest cheers of the night in a rare moment of unity during President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress...
Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

Officials: New Trump order drops Iraq from travel ban list

President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to sign the executive order in the coming days. Four officials told The Associated Press that the decision followed pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had...
The Latest: How might Trump's 'merit-based' migration work?

The Latest: How might Trump's 'merit-based' migration work?

11:50 p.m. In his speech, Trump said the U.S. should adopt a "merit-based immigration system" such as those used by Canada and Australia. So how do such systems work? Australia, with its population of 24 million, caps the number of permanent migration visas to 190,000 per year. Those visas fall into three broad categories: skilled, family and humanitarian. Two-thirds of permanent residency...
Dems stick with muted ways of exercising art of dissent

Dems stick with muted ways of exercising art of dissent

They didn't heckle. There were no in-your-face pink "pussyhats." There were just a few no-shows. At President Donald Trump's first address to Congress on Tuesday, Democrats stuck with more muted ways of exercising the art of the dis. They turned their thumbs down. They maintained stone faces. They sat on their hands. They laughed out loud when Trump declared it was time to "drain the...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn't earned

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn't earned

President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday night about corporate job expansion and military cost-savings that actually took root under his predecessor and gave a one-sided account of the costs and benefits to the economy from immigration — ignoring the upside. A look at some of his claims in his prime-time speech to Congress: TRUMP: "According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current...
The Latest: Widow of Navy SEAL emotional at Trump speech

The Latest: Widow of Navy SEAL emotional at Trump speech

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first address to Congress Tuesday night (all times local): 10:10 p.m. President Donald Trump's address to Congress took an emotional turn as he introduced the widow of a Navy SEAL killed last month in a raid in Yemen. A teary-eyed Carryn Owens took deep breaths and wept as the joint chamber offered a long standing ovation in the memory of William "Ryan"...
Official: Yemen raid yields data on al-Qaida explosives

Official: Yemen raid yields data on al-Qaida explosives

U.S. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen in a raid last month, including data on the explosives they're manufacturing and the types of threats they're developing, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. President Donald Trump, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, sought to rebut the notion the raid didn't yield valuable information. Trump...
Trump offers mixed messages on immigration

Trump offers mixed messages on immigration

President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday in a private meeting with news anchors that he's open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But hours later, in his first address to Congress, he pledged to...
Alaska fishing town rejects inclusivity measure

Alaska fishing town rejects inclusivity measure

A resolution aimed at promoting inclusivity in a small Alaska fishing community has been rejected after it proved too divisive. The Homer City Council on Monday night voted 5-1 against the measure, which was aimed at affirming Homer's commitment to inclusion amid national concerns about the treatment of immigrants, religious groups, the LGBTQ community and others. In an interview Tuesday, council...
Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals

Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals

Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars. Both Obamas have published through Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint. But Penguin Random...
Los Angeles marks 20 years since bloody bank robbery

Los Angeles marks 20 years since bloody bank robbery

Dozens of Los Angeles police officers gathered at an emotional ceremony Tuesday to mark the 20th anniversary of an infamous gunbattle between police and two heavily armed bank robbers that changed the way police departments across the United States arm their officers. The ceremony Tuesday morning honored the bravery and boldness of the hundreds of police officers who responded to the Feb. 28, 1997...
Ammon Bundy testifies in second Oregon standoff trial

Ammon Bundy testifies in second Oregon standoff trial

Ammon Bundy, who was recently acquitted in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, testified Tuesday that he felt "driven" to protest federal control of Western lands after learning that two Oregon ranchers were imprisoned for setting fires on public rangeland. Bundy was brought to the federal courtroom in Portland from Las Vegas, where he is in custody awaiting trial...
Case closed: Death of treasure hunter remains a mystery

Case closed: Death of treasure hunter remains a mystery

The case of a man who moved to the American West to search for $2 million in hidden treasure but turned up dead in New Mexico's backcountry was officially closed after authorities struggled to solve the mystery. Investigators recently informed Randy Bilyeu's family, bringing some closure after more than a year of uncertainty and heartache that began when the 54-year-old father and grandfather vanished...
Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order was expected as soon as Wednesday. A draft suggested it would target people from the same seven predominantly...
Top intelligence nominee pledges to blunt political pressure

Top intelligence nominee pledges to blunt political pressure

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top spy chief says he is strong enough to stand up to any political interference from those seeking intelligence to back national security policy decisions. If confirmed, former GOP Sen. Dan Coats would sit squarely between the nation's intelligence workers and President Donald Trump, who has disparaged them for past failures and their assessment...
In Dem reply, former KY gov says Trump would 'rip' away care

In Dem reply, former KY gov says Trump would 'rip' away care

Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took a populist tenor in Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress on Tuesday, accusing him of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being "Wall Street's champion." Seated at a diner in Lexington, Kentucky, Beshear assailed Trump for "ignoring serious threats to our national security...
AP FACT CHECK: Black colleges hardly school choice pioneers

AP FACT CHECK: Black colleges hardly school choice pioneers

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising the country's historically black colleges and universities as pioneers on school choice. She said in a speech Monday that African-Americans "took it upon themselves to provide the solution" when they were blocked from attending predominantly white institutions of higher education. But DeVos' comparison is off base. The goal of those schools was...
Q&A: What next in the long battle over Texas voter ID law?

Q&A: What next in the long battle over Texas voter ID law?

President Donald Trump's administration has abandoned an Obama-era challenge to a 2011 Texas voter ID law that is among the toughest in the nation. Civil rights groups are still contesting the Texas law in federal court, but without the muscle of the federal government behind them. Here are answers to key questions about the case so far— and where it goes from here. ___ HOW DID WE GET HERE?...
The Latest: Trump condemns Kansas bar shooting in speech

The Latest: Trump condemns Kansas bar shooting in speech

The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump opened his address to a joint session of Congress by condemning the recent threats against Jewish community centers and a fatal shooting in Kansas being investigated as a hate crime. Trump on Tuesday said that "while we may be a nation divided on...
The Latest: No immediate ruling on Dakota Access work

The Latest: No immediate ruling on Dakota Access work

The Latest on the legal battle over the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A federal judge says he'll likely decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline, which could be able to move oil within weeks. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg held a hearing Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne...
Face-biter said he fled demon-like figure before killings

Face-biter said he fled demon-like figure before killings

A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple in their garage and chewing on the dead man's face told television psychologist Phil McGraw he was fleeing a demon-like figure named Daniel and only had a vague recollection of the slayings. In a 22-minute interview released Tuesday by prosecutors, Austin Harrouff said he lost his wits as he walked back to his father's home after storming...
US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration late last week gives Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. permission to plant the potatoes this spring and sell them in the fall. The company...
New help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision

New help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision

Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who's really a good candidate to toss their specs? "It's not bringing anybody back to being 20 again," cautioned Dr. Shilpa Rose, a Washington ophthalmologist who...
Oscar winning 'Moonlight' shines on Miami's Liberty City

Oscar winning 'Moonlight' shines on Miami's Liberty City

Oscar winning film "Moonlight" presents a view of Miami that never shows up in a tourism video. Far from the sun and glamour of South Beach or the artists and hipsters of Wynwood, it shows predominantly black communities, truly known by few outside the people who live there. And it's recognizably their Miami, made beautiful and suddenly more hopeful than it might have seemed before. "...
What to watch for when Trump makes 1st address to Congress

What to watch for when Trump makes 1st address to Congress

A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, there's extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to Congress. After a chaotic start to his presidency, Trump will be trying to project his administration as ready to stride forward on top priorities such as changes to President Barack Obama's...
Sessions suggests police need less federal scrutiny

Sessions suggests police need less federal scrutiny

Attorney General Jeff Sessions painted a grim vision of violence in America on Tuesday, telling state law enforcement officials that a recent uptick in killings threatens to undo decades of progress and suggesting police would be more effective if they were subjected to less federal scrutiny. In his first major policy speech as attorney general, Sessions said his Justice Department would continue...
The Latest: Ryan downplays divisions over new health law

The Latest: Ryan downplays divisions over new health law

The Latest on Congress (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is finalizing a $30 billion supplemental Pentagon request for this budget year to serve as a down payment on his promise to build up the military. That's according to administration and Capitol Hill officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal isn't final. It's likely to be submitted officially in a couple...
Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate

Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate

Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion. Conway is seen perched on her knees on the couch with her feet behind her in photos taken Monday while President Donald Trump met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities. Other photos show Conway leaning over to...
Poll says public has had enough of Trump's use of Twitter

Poll says public has had enough of Trump's use of Twitter

Nearly two-thirds of American voters find President Donald Trump's use of Twitter is reckless and distracting, according to a new nationwide McClatchy-Marist poll. The poll found that 65 percent of registered voters nationwide disapproved of Trump's Twitter use, while 25 percent found it effective and informative. And despite Trump's frequent criticisms of news media, which he terms the enemy, the...
Black History Month: Cummings on Obama’s biggest contribution

Black History Month: Cummings on Obama’s biggest contribution

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings has spent more than two decades on Capitol Hill, representing Maryland’s 7th District. Now the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Cummings talked to Roll Call about what former President Barack Obama meant to the country, why Black History Month continues to matter and why he values having a diverse staff.  This interview has been...
The Latest: Trump signs order loosening gun restrictions

The Latest: Trump signs order loosening gun restrictions

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed a resolution blocking an Obama-era rule that would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from buying guns. The rule was part of former President Barack Obama's push to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting. It required...
Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Just as the jokes about the fictitious "Bowling Green massacre" and "alternative facts" were starting to die down, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is once again at the center of a Twitter debate.
Trump signs executive order on black colleges

Trump signs executive order on black colleges

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority for this White House." HBCU presidents are hoping Congress will bolster Trump's actions to strengthen the schools with dramatically increased funding in the upcoming federal budget. They are calling...
Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams

Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups. The order, signed at the White House Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined...
Small plane crashes into California homes, killing 3 people

Small plane crashes into California homes, killing 3 people

Three people died and two were injured, one critically, when a small plane carrying them home from a cheerleading competition slammed into two Southern California homes and sparked a raging fire, authorities and witnesses said. The twin-engine plane with five occupants had just taken off from Riverside Municipal Airport at 4:40 p.m. Monday intending to return to San Jose after the weekend Disneyland...
Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism

Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism

The speaker of the Arizona House said he won't hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights. The measure passed last week by the Senate drew nationwide attention, particularly from civil libertarians...
Activist to address immigration, health after Trump speech

Activist to address immigration, health after Trump speech

An activist who will deliver a Democratic response in Spanish to President Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress plans to address his administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and the need for affordable health care. Tuesday's remarks from Astrid Silva, a so-called Dreamer who was brought into the country illegally as a child, will come as Trump's efforts have spread...
Mardi Gras: 'One time of year people can act like fools'

Mardi Gras: 'One time of year people can act like fools'

The streets of New Orleans are filled with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads. Tuesday marks the culmination of the Carnival season, which started Jan. 6. Mardi Gras is "the one time of year people can act like fools and get away with it," said one reveler, Craig Channell. Channell, his wife...
Trump speech guests chosen to help highlight priorities

Trump speech guests chosen to help highlight priorities

President Donald Trump is following the playbook for speeches to Congress and packing his guest box with individuals whose personal stories the administration hopes will put a face on the proposals he planned to highlight in Tuesday night's address, namely illegal immigration. The lives of three of the eight people the White House invited to join first lady Melania Trump in a guest box high above...
Conservatives rebel on health care, Trump backs key elements

Conservatives rebel on health care, Trump backs key elements

Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress Trump embraced a key element of the emerging House GOP health plan, in comments that cheered Republican House leaders and could help bring conservatives...
Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks

Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks

When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides' cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked. Spicer's losing round in Washington's perpetual game of information whack-a-mole was hardly a surprise. In trying to plug leaks from anonymous sources, President Donald Trump and his aides are going after...
Presidential Trump says 'join forces' for new greatness

Presidential Trump says 'join forces' for new greatness

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system and significantly boosting military spending Tuesday night, swapping his trademark pugnaciousness and personal insults for a more restrained tone as he addressed Congress for the first time. In an appeal to American optimism, Trump declared, "The...
Partisan discord tainting probes of Russia, Trump, election

Partisan discord tainting probes of Russia, Trump, election

Partisan discord is seeping into House and Senate intelligence committee investigations of the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump has ties to Russia. Both Republicans and Democrats say they can still conduct bipartisan probes, but there are renewed calls for a special prosecutor and revelations that the White House enlisted GOP chairmen of the...
Sessions: More violence around pot than 'one would think'

Sessions: More violence around pot than 'one would think'

The Justice Department will try to adopt "responsible policies" for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S. In a meeting with reporters Monday, Sessions said the department was reviewing an Obama administration Justice Department memo that gave states flexibility in passing...
Oscars 'In Memoriam' tribute mistakenly uses photo of living producer

Oscars 'In Memoriam' tribute mistakenly uses photo of living producer

According to People, an image of Jan Chapman was used to remember Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who died in October 2016. “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman told Variety. “I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were...
No immediate ruling made on Dakota Access pipeline work

No immediate ruling made on Dakota Access pipeline work

A federal judge said Tuesday that he'll decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline over claims that it violates the religious rights of two Indian tribes. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg told lawyers at a hearing that he wants to issue a ruling before oil begins flowing in the pipeline, which could be weeks away. Boasberg is...
Antonin Scalia's widow among Trump's joint address guests

Antonin Scalia's widow among Trump's joint address guests

A young woman who has survived incredible odds. The widows of two California police officers killed by a man living in the country illegally. The widow of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Those are some of men and women who will attend President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress as special guests, the White House announced. The group appears selected to highlight...