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The Latest: Conservative leader denounces alternative right

The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The leader of the American Conservative Union has taken the stage of an activist conference to forcefully denounce as "sinister" the alternative right. As he is speaking, a white nationalist leader is walking the hallways of the same event. Dan Schneider, the ACU's executive director, is calling the...
In first month, Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0

In first month, Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0

Dwayne Snurr, a janitor and lifelong resident of this rural, working-class town 60 miles from the White House, was eating chicken wings in a cafe off Main Street last week when he began chewing over a locally important subject: President Donald Trump's taste in vacations. "I guess he's got that place down in Florida," Snurr said, referring to Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Palm Beach resort. "...
Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut. Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements — Donald Trump. The plight of this community in northern Arizona will put...
'California is a nation': Fringe movement wants break from US

'California is a nation': Fringe movement wants break from US

About 15 people huddled in a luxury apartment building, munching on danishes as they plotted out their plan to have California secede from the United States. "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California," Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference room adorned with California's grizzly-bear flag and a sign reading "California is a nation, not a state...
Federal workers grapple with the era of Trump

Federal workers grapple with the era of Trump

A Veterans Affairs employee is confused about whether he can display a bobblehead doll of President Donald Trump on his desk. A Federal Aviation Administration staffer wonders whether parking a car with a blue "Bernie" bumper sticker is allowed in the agency lot. Another federal worker is demanding that a colleague who called Trump a "70-year-old blond playboy" in the office be...
US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised...
Congressional town hall: Tums, death panels and ‘shut your hole’

Congressional town hall: Tums, death panels and ‘shut your hole’

Republicans home for the congressional recess have been greeted with an earful at town hall-style meetings. Many lawmakers have no such meetings scheduled — sparing them the possibility of a YouTube moment — but opening them up to criticism that they are ducking their constituents. ‘Democracy in action’ met by boos in Florida The angry placards were everywhere inside the raucous...
Life with Gracie: Former pro ball player creates Mixed Nation to promote racial harmony

Life with Gracie: Former pro ball player creates Mixed Nation to promote racial harmony

I think often of a little boy from my hometown named Danny, wondering whatever became of him. He was of mixed heritage — half white, half black — cute as could be and just as sad. Not only did white children reject him, so did black ones. It was the saddest thing I’d ever seen and one in which I felt helpless to fix. I was reminded again of Danny early this week while talking with...
Jackie Evancho asks to meet with Trump about transgender rights

Jackie Evancho asks to meet with Trump about transgender rights

A performer at President Donald Trump's inauguration took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak out against the administration's move to withdraw guidelines rolled out by former President Barack Obama's administration on the rights of transgender students.
Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions. A 2016 AP investigation found that some fishermen earned less than $1 an hour and worked without most basic labor protections while catching premium seafood. The boats often...
Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

Because he had to leave his day job late, the pastor of a South Carolina church canceled his weekly Bible study class. That move may have averted a second round of deadly shootings after nine worshippers had been killed at another black church. According to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday, Dylann Roof, who was convicted of killing the nine worshippers during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church...
Some San Jose residents return to waterlogged homes

Some San Jose residents return to waterlogged homes

Some residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of homes in San Jose. With water levels from Coyote Creek receding Thursday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home, although an evacuation order remained for...
Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

Ivanka Trump is learning more about economic policy as she takes on a more visible role in and around Washington. On Wednesday, the first daughter visited the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, where she participated in a roundtable discussion with minority business owners, mostly from the Baltimore area. National Urban League President Marc Morial...
Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. They finally have one, but they are not sure he's really conservative. With Donald Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making...
INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road. The carmaker denies trying to freeze out other brands, but legislators in four states say GM lobbyists asked them to sponsor bills that the company's...
With electricity out, new EPA chief reached out to lobbyist

With electricity out, new EPA chief reached out to lobbyist

When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power. Pruitt's executive assistant emailed Howard "Bud" Ground, saying "General Pruitt" wanted to know when his lights would be back on. The utility lobbyist asked for Pruitt's address and a work crew soon arrived...
Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts nationwide that the Obama-era guidance caused a spike in lawsuits over how the guidance should be applied. It will now be up to...
End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback. "We're not discouraged. And we're going to keep fighting like we have been...
US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly meet Thursday with top Mexican officials...
Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil...
Winning Powerball ticket for $435M jackpot sold in Indiana

Winning Powerball ticket for $435M jackpot sold in Indiana

Did you buy your Powerball ticket in Indiana? If so, check those numbers: You might have won the $435 million jackpot.
Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size "Know Your Rights" guides in Spanish and English that explain what to do if they're rounded up. And in New York, 23-year-old Zuleima Dominguez and other members of her Mexican family are careful about answering the door and start making worried phone calls when someone doesn't come home on time. Around the country, President Donald...
Oregon joins suit against President Trump's travel ban

Oregon joins suit against President Trump's travel ban

Oregon asked a federal court late Wednesday to join a lawsuit filed by Washington state against an immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in the motion that Oregon also needs protection from the ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, which she said would harm Oregon's businesses, residents, universities, health care and economy...
Colorado town's ban on topless women put on hold by judge

Colorado town's ban on topless women put on hold by judge

A Colorado judge has blocked a college town's law against women going topless, saying the law is likely unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Tuesday that Fort Collins' ordinance is based on gender discrimination and issued an injunction against its enforcement. Fort Collins' indecency code makes it a crime for women but not men to show their nipples. The law "perpetuates...
Conservatives welcome Trump with delight _ and wariness

Conservatives welcome Trump with delight _ and wariness

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. This year, they're learning reality can be complicated. With Donald Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any...
Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single star

Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single star

Talk about an Earth-shattering discovery. Scientists have spotted seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, some or all of which could harbor water and possibly life. That's the biggest cluster of planets like this yet to be found. Here's a quick look: AGE OF AQUARIUS This star system is less than 40 light-years from Earth, or 235 trillion miles away, in the constellation Aquarius. At the hub...
McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops

Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday. The Arizona Republican's visit to the war-torn country occurred as a major battle nears to oust the militants from Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State's self-declared...
Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state's commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats and living in subpar conditions. A 2016 AP investigation found that some fishermen earned less than $1 an hour and worked without most basic labor protections while catching premium seafood. The boats often...
Capitol Hill Buzz: Mitch McConnell defends obstructionism

Capitol Hill Buzz: Mitch McConnell defends obstructionism

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is speaking up for obstructionism. Addressing a chamber of commerce meeting in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican said Wednesday that obstruction can be OK — as long as it has a purpose. That's different from futile obstruction, which he argues Senate Democrats are practicing to stall the formation of President Donald Trump's Cabinet. "Look...
Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent. The camp has been home to demonstrators for nearly a year as they tried to thwart construction of the pipeline. Many of the protesters left peacefully, but police made some...
Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection. In one early test, those customized creams guarded five patients with a kind of itchy eczema against risky bacteria that were gathering on their cracked skin, researchers...
Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Republicans who won after rowdy town halls now avoiding them

Republicans who benefited from rowdy town halls six years ago and harnessed a wave of discontent with Democrats to win seats in Congress are learning a hard lesson this week as they return home: The left is happy to return the favor. Across the U.S., Democrats and their allies are spending this short congressional recess protesting elected Republican politicians who are avoiding the events that often...
Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration. Ties between the countries have plunged since Trump took office a month ago, punctuated by Trump's insistence...
Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show. More than 7,500 pages were released under court order Tuesday evening after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been...
Police release audio of suspect in Indiana girls' deaths

Police release audio of suspect in Indiana girls' deaths

One of two teenage girls killed along a northern Indiana hiking trail last week used her cellphone beforehand to capture video of a man police now consider the main suspect and recorded a male voice saying "down the hill," authorities said Wednesday. Indiana State Police played a clip of the man's voice during a news conference at which officials appealed for more tips from the public and...
Video shows Harrison Ford's plane mistakenly fly over jet

Video shows Harrison Ford's plane mistakenly fly over jet

Newly released video shows a small plane piloted by Harrison Ford flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard moments before he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport. Authorities have not said how much distance separated the two planes, but Ford's aircraft came close enough that its shadow distinctly passed over the jet last week at John Wayne Airport in Orange County...
DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip

DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip

The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades. The capsule, named "Columbia," went on a tour of U.S. capitals following its historic role in the mission to the moon. But it has since made its home at the Smithsonian in Washington...
House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall. It was the first time the Wisconsin Republican had visited the border, and protesters gathered to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, with hand-painted signs protesting...
Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate. The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach. Without...
Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike veto

Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike veto

Kansas legislators pushing to roll back Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's signature income tax cuts scrambled Wednesday to find a new plan to fix the state's dire budget problems after he vetoed their bill. The bill vetoed Wednesday morning would have raised more than $1 billion over two years by raising income tax rates and ending an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. Brownback...
'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault

'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault

A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a "god." Roughly two dozen charges were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar, the first criminal cases related to his work at Michigan State University where he was the preferred...
Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks

Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of six black and Latino plaintiffs who say they've been stopped once or multiple times since 2010 without a citation or...
Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court's 6-2 decision is that Buck must either be given a sentence of life in prison or a new sentencing hearing. "Our law punishes people for what they do, not who they are....
Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog

Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog — a goldendoodle named Wonder — to class. The justices ruled unanimously that federal disability laws might allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court without first having to wade through a lengthy administrative process...
Two-thirds of Americans stressed about the nation's future, study says

Two-thirds of Americans stressed about the nation's future, study says

The American Psychological Association said many Republicans and Democrats are stressed out over politics. The APA published a report last Wednesday that reads, in part: "Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. "More than half of Americans (57 percent) say the current political climate...
The Latest: Police: About 20 fires set at Dakota Access camp

The Latest: Police: About 20 fires set at Dakota Access camp

The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local): 6 p.m. Authorities in North Dakota say Dakota Access pipeline protesters set about 20 fires on the day their longstanding camp was scheduled for closure. They say at least two explosions resulted. A 7-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to a...
Should colleges require balance of liberal, conservative faculty?

Should colleges require balance of liberal, conservative faculty?

For the sake of diversity, should colleges hire more professors with conservative political views? That is the goal of a state senator from Iowa who has proposed legislation that would mandate a balance of ideologies in the faculty teaching at the state’s public colleges and universities. The bill from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, requires: “Partisan balance of the faculty employed at...
Video shows moment Harrison Ford flew over plane before landing on taxiway

Video shows moment Harrison Ford flew over plane before landing on taxiway

The incident occurred about noon Feb. 13 at John Wayne Airport near Orange County. Ford, 74, was supposed to land his Aviat Husky on the runway, but landed on the taxiway instead, E! News reported. He flew over an American Airlines Boeing 737 with 110 passengers and a six-person crew on board. The Dallas-bound aircraft was still able to take off minutes after the incident. According to People...
Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria

Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria

So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable hairstyle.  Shop owner Manuela Plank, recognizing a business opportunity, went to work making her own toupees a la Trump.  Plank thought she was ready to meet demand with the 10 Trump wigs she had stocked for Austria's pre-Lenten season...
For-profit schools, an Obama target, see new day under Trump

For-profit schools, an Obama target, see new day under Trump

Since Election Day, for-profit college companies have been on a hot streak. DeVry Education Group’s stock has leapt more than 40 percent. Strayer’s jumped 35 percent and Grand Canyon Education’s more than 28 percent. You do not need an MBA to figure out why. Top officials in Washington who spearheaded a relentless crackdown on the multibillion-dollar industry have been replaced by...
Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.  Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned...
Gorsuch, like previous Supreme Court nominees, keeps views hidden

Gorsuch, like previous Supreme Court nominees, keeps views hidden

As he met with Neil Gorsuch in the Capitol last week, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois posed to the Supreme Court nominee what he considered a fairly basic question on the relationship between the executive and judicial branches. “He really backed away from it,” recalled Durbin, an influential Democratic voice on judicial issues with long service on the Judiciary Committee. “Even...
For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringe to center of power

For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringe to center of power

On the night of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Sebastian Gorka attended the celebratory balls in a high-necked, black Hungarian jacket. Pinned on his chest was a Hungarian coat of arms, a tribute to his father who had been tortured by the communists, and a civilian commendation from the U.S. military. For years, Gorka had labored on the fringes of Washington, D.C., and the far edge of acceptable...
Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care Act. "To me, it's just been a big lie...
GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls

GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls

Republican U.S. Rep. David Brat, who rode voter anger to a historic political upset nearly three years ago, was on the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration as he held a town hall in Virginia. Protesters and supporters crowded a restaurant conference room in Blackstone where Brat fielded questions for about hour Tuesday. He was loudly heckled and booed when he defended...
Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded

Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded

President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them. McMaster, 54, is an independent-minded soldier widely admired for his leadership skills, but he is short...
Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days

Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days

Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference. The 33-year-old British professional provocateur is among the new players in Trump's Republican Party, which is increasingly defined by a say-anything...
'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis. In Kentucky, which has been ravaged worse than almost any other state by fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, Tyler Witten went into rehab at Medicaid's expense after the state expanded the program under...
Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts nationwide that the Obama-era guidance caused a spike in lawsuits over how the guidance should be applied. It will now be up to...
Trump lays out tougher approach to illegal immigration

Trump lays out tougher approach to illegal immigration

Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly lay bare exactly what the Trump administration plans to do and how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants...
Reform may have eased jail time for police slaying suspect

Reform may have eased jail time for police slaying suspect

California's efforts to ease overcrowding in state prisons did not lead to an early release of a gang member accused of killing a police officer and wounding another but may have shortened the amount of time he was locked up for repeated probation violations. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, was arrested Monday after police said he killed his cousin, crashed his cousin's car then fatally shot Whittier...
San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order

The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighborhood. City officials ordered more than 14,000 residents to evacuate as water from swollen Coyote Creek flooded homes and temporarily shut down a portion of a major freeway...
Officials want coin created for New York's Purple Heart hall

Officials want coin created for New York's Purple Heart hall

New York officials want a commemorative coin created for the state's National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney says he will join other officials Wednesday at the hall in New Windsor, about 60 miles north of New York City, to announce federal legislation to honor the museum with a commemorative coin. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is dedicated to the more...
Hearing resumes on new trial request in prep school case

Hearing resumes on new trial request in prep school case

A hearing resumes Wednesday in New Hampshire on whether a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex deserves a new trial. Owen Labrie (lah-BREE'), of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted in 2015 of raping a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, as...
Muslim-backed fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery reaches goal in three hours

Muslim-backed fundraiser to repair Jewish cemetery reaches goal in three hours

A fundraiser to help pay to repair a desecrated Jewish cemetery exceeded their fundraising goal Tuesday evening. >> Read more trending news  On Sunday, vandals damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in suburban St. Louis. According to The Hill, the online Muslim crowd-funding platform LaunchGood, reached it's goal of $20,000 in just three...
Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights. Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 2016 as "the year when the cynical use of...
GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn returned to her district Tuesday in Tennessee and was greeted by tough questions on topics from health care reform to President Donald Trump's cabinet appointees. She also was met with protests. While 100 people crammed into her town hall gathering about 30 miles from Nashville, another 100 people outside chanted about immigrant rights, Planned Parenthood and other...
Yahoo warns users that their email accounts may have been hacked, again

Yahoo warns users that their email accounts may have been hacked, again

For the third time in less than six months, Yahoo is warning users that their email accounts may have been hacked. In December the Internet giant confirmed that a data breach back in 2013 had put a billion users' accounts at risk. The company also said at the time that the incident was believed to be completely separate from the hack Yahoo reported in September, which involved 500 million...
Man who smashed Trump star to pay damages, serve probation

Man who smashed Trump star to pay damages, serve probation

A man who destroyed Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism. An attorney for James Otis says he pleaded no contest to the felony Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Attorney Mieke ter Poorten says Otis agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage and attorney's fees and perform 20 days of community labor. Otis used a sledgehammer and...
EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released

EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released

The Oklahoma attorney general's office said Tuesday it is complying with a judge's order to surrender documents related to new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt's communications with energy companies while he served as the state's attorney general. The office had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to comply with District Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons's order to turn over emails and other documents...
4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

4 men being tried in second Oregon standoff trial

The federal prosecutors who failed to convict Ammon Bundy returned to court Tuesday to try four lesser-known men who followed Bundy's call to take a hard stand against the government and occupy a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Like the defendants in the first trial, the primary charge facing the men is conspiracy to impede Interior Department employees from doing their jobs at the refuge through...
AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?

AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?

Assertions from the White House that immigration-enforcement agents had their hands tied in the last administration are difficult to square with the massive deportations of Barack Obama's presidency. President Donald Trump's press secretary made a claim about two agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection: SEAN SPICER: "For so long, the people at ICE and...
The Latest: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs

The Latest: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs

The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Investigators suspect the man accused of killing a California police officer and wounding another may have been high on drugs during the shooting. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina tells The Associated Press Tuesday that investigators are testing Michael Christopher...
Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

Bank robber gets life sentence for using hostage as shield

A California bank robber who used a hostage as a human shield in a deadly shootout with police following the heist and a wild car chase was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison during an emotional hearing. Jaime Ramos, 22, pleaded guilty last year in a deal with prosecutors to avoid a possible death sentence at trial. The 2014 robbery and chase through Stockton, 80 miles inland from San Francisco,...
State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem. A Minnesota state senator whose daughter died of a heroin overdose in a Burger King parking lot — a friend hid the needles instead of calling for help — spearheaded a law...
Questions immigrants must answer to become citizens

Questions immigrants must answer to become citizens

Here are some sample questions: 1. What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution? Answer: Bill of Rights. 2. How many amendments does the Constitution have? Answer: 27. 3. What is the name of the current president of the United States? Answer: Donald Trump. 4. If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president? Answer: Speaker of the House. 5. How many...