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First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected." The resulting vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown is now part of the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. Trump officially donated the couture piece Friday at...


The Latest: Motorcade for Vegas officer passes shooting site

The Latest: Motorcade for Vegas officer passes shooting site

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was one of 58 people killed when a gunman fired from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert on Oct. 1 (all times local): 10 a.m. Traffic on the Las Vegas Strip paused for a moment Friday as a blocks-long police motorcade passed the site where an off-duty officer was among 58 people killed in the worst...
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Illegal Alien Charged With California Wildfire That Killed 40 People THE FACTS: A homeless man from Mexico was arrested on suspicion of arson Sunday in California...
California fires razed 8,400 buildings, evacuees check homes

California fires razed 8,400 buildings, evacuees check homes

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Some Northern California residents who fled their houses nearly two weeks ago as wildfires threatened them started returning home Friday to see what is still standing. Authorities raised the number of buildings destroyed by the fires to 8,400. The residents of three neighborhoods in the hard-hit city of Santa Rosa were being allowed to see what remains of their houses...
US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said Friday, raising the total to 24. The tally has inched upward since the U.S. first disclosed in August that embassy workers and their families in Havana had been harmed by unexplained, mysterious incidents affecting their health. The Trump administration later...
Trump: UN has 'tremendous potential' under new leadership

Trump: UN has 'tremendous potential' under new leadership

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United Nations has "tremendous potential" but that it "hasn't been used over the years nearly as it should be." Trump spoke during a meeting at the White House with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres (goo-TEHR'-esh), who leads the 193-member world organization. Guterres says "we live in a messy world" but we...
Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries

Mormons allow more technology, smartphones for missionaries

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's gradual embrace of the digital age for missionaries took another step forward Friday as the religion announced it is nearly doubling the missions where technology is allowed and swapping out tablets for smartphones. The change signals ongoing adaption to reflect how people communicate and interact as the religion updates rules for young men and women...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames terror for UK crime jump

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames terror for UK crime jump

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has misinterpreted British crime statistics and wrongly blamed terrorism as the driving factor behind higher numbers. Terror attacks in Manchester and London that killed 35 people only account for 1/100th of a percent of the total number of crimes recorded in the report, and homicides are actually down 2 percent. TRUMP tweet Friday: "Just out report...
Dems rebuff effort urging Sanders, King to switch party

Dems rebuff effort urging Sanders, King to switch party

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The independent status of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King is just fine with Democrats. Democrats on Friday rejected a resolution that would have urged Vermont's Sanders and Maine's King to switch their party affiliation to Democrat. The two caucus with Democrats. The action came at the Democratic National Committee's meeting. The idea came from a California Democrat who...
Killer of Navajo Nation girl set to get life prison sentence

Killer of Navajo Nation girl set to get life prison sentence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is expected to receive a life prison sentence. Tom Begaye was scheduled Friday to receive the sentence under a plea agreement for the May 2016 killing. The case prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to U.S. tribal...
3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech

3 arrested after shooting following white nationalist speech

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Three men were arrested after a shot was fired at a group of people following the appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida, police said. A Gainesville Police Department report released on Friday said that Tyler Tenbrink, 28; William Fears, 30; and his brother, 28-year-old Colton Fears, all from Texas, were arrested on attempted homicide...
Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000

Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995. Julien's says the piece signed by Trump...
White nationalist undeterred by boos on latest college stop

White nationalist undeterred by boos on latest college stop

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The hostile audience drowned out white nationalist Richard Spencer with anti-Nazi chants. They booed him off the stage under the watchful eye of police officers in riot gear. In other words, Spencer sees his speech Thursday at the University of Florida as a smashing success. "I'm very happy with what happened in the sense of the (public relations) victory,"...
Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran's nuke program

Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran's nuke program

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new constraints, according to a draft Republican bill sought by President Donald Trump as he tries to unravel the landmark 2015 international accord to prevent Iran from assembling an arsenal of atomic weapons. The draft bill, crafted by GOP Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Tom Cotton of Arkansas with...
Hurricane Maria death toll rises to 49 in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria death toll rises to 49 in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello says the death toll from Hurricane Maria has risen to 49 in the U.S. territory after officials confirmed a death from a bacterial disease that spreads through animals' urine. The governor did not identify the victim. Medical officials said the person died from leptospirosis. They are investigating at least 74 other suspected cases...
Deputies: Man had arsenal, note promising 'bloody revenge'

Deputies: Man had arsenal, note promising 'bloody revenge'

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on a Florida home on Wednesday found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge." Investigators found the weapons — including an AK-47 assault rifle, a 50-caliber pistol, a baseball bat with nails jutting out and 2,300 rounds of ammunition — in...
The Latest: White House defends chief of staff Kelly

The Latest: White House defends chief of staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over White House condolence calls to military families (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The White House is defending the president's chief of staff after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman who criticized the president's condolence call to the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger. John Kelly on Thursday criticized Rep. Frederica...
Police: Ford worker killed himself at Detroit-area factory

Police: Ford worker killed himself at Detroit-area factory

WOODHAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 22-year-old worker shot and killed himself at a Ford Motor factory in suburban Detroit. Woodhaven Chief Robert Toth says the man shot himself Friday when confronted by officers who responded to a 911 call from the plant. No gunfire was exchanged with police. Toth says the man had been working part-time since March. Deputy Chief Scott Fraczek says the man...
Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

The mother of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson said Wednesday that during a call with her son’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, President Donald Trump said the soldier “knew what he signed up for.” Trump has since denied he said those words and told members of the Senate Finance Committee, “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who...
Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. The food makers say that once they open their doors for business, they don't get to choose their customers. They say that abiding by laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation does not strip them of creative...
John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed up the book in February, without any formal announcement. In July...
Spacewalking astronauts replace blurry camera on robot arm

Spacewalking astronauts replace blurry camera on robot arm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts provided some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm on Friday. Astronaut Joe Acaba unbolted a blurry camera from a new robotic hand installed two weeks ago. He then popped in a spare, which flight controllers quickly tested from Houston. The replacement provided crisp, clear views. Sharp focus is essential when the...
Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly unequivocally defended President Donald Trump's calls to the families of four fallen soldiers, on Thursday using his credibility as a retired general who lost a son on the battlefield to try to help his boss contain a public relations crisis.  In an extraordinary, emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, Kelly described in painful detail the...
Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.  The budget's passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.  "Tonight, we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax...
Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

A federal judge on Thursday shot down former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his criminal record clean.  Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona's Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found in criminal contempt after a five-day bench trial earlier this year and faced the possibility of up to six months in jail. After the pardon,...
The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Federal Reserve’s inner workings are a mystery to most Americans. Presidents can’t order it around, nor can Congress — that much is generally believed. Along with its reputation for independence, the Fed can seem economically omnipotent.  But in truth, our research shows, Fed independence is largely a myth.  With President Donald Trump having met with the Fed Chairwoman...
Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there.  Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions...
Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country!" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation. Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple...
Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.  But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such...
Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three decades, cutting rates for individuals and corporations while...
Survivors attend benefit concert for Vegas shooting victims

Survivors attend benefit concert for Vegas shooting victims

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting said they were ready for closure, though they confessed feeling engulfed by anxiety and security fears while gathering in a large group for the first time since the attack. Theresa Almada, 49, drove Thursday evening from San Diego back to Las Vegas to attend a country music concert benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting...
The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a budget resolution (all times local): 11:15 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the tax plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders will add a fourth tax bracket for high-income people to the three originally proposed. Ryan isn't yet saying what the tax rate would be for the fourth income-tax bracket. The GOP blueprint, which would...
Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing cop

Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing cop

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death, but not before he cursed at the state and said: "I hate you." As the procedure began Thursday night, Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, raised both of his middle fingers in a show of defiance. McNabb's attorneys had unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution since he was one of several...
White House defends Kelly's defense of Trump

White House defends Kelly's defense of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending President Donald Trump's chief of staff after he mischaracterized previous remarks of a Democratic congresswoman who is now criticizing Trump's condolence call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. John Kelly on Thursday derided Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida on Thursday as an "empty barrel," saying she had delivered a speech at...
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the...
Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid

Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low. That finding is based on the latest installment of a major survey, released Friday. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index asks a random sample...
Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting to be honored

Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting to be honored

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — An off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert will be remembered Friday with church and graveside ceremonies and a procession past the site of the Oct. 1 massacre. Charleston Hartfield will receive full departmental honors Friday during a motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip, at a church auditorium in Henderson...
Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The GOP on Thursday narrowly backed the budget plan, a prerequisite to major tax legislation. The Senate methodically worked through...
Witness: Suspect gathered co-workers, then started shooting

Witness: Suspect gathered co-workers, then started shooting

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — A witness to the deadly rampage inside a Maryland granite company said the suspect, Radee Prince, had gathered a small group of his co-workers together by saying "come with me, I want to say something to everybody." Without another word, he opened fire. The witness, a man who worked at the countertop making company for a year and a half, said when Prince arrived...
TV Academy to consider expelling Harvey Weinstein

TV Academy to consider expelling Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The academy, which bestows the Emmy awards, said a hearing has been set for November to consider "action up to and including termination of academy membership." Weinstein, who recently has been accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment and assault...
New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna's troops in 1836. The site's size would quadruple after excavation and restoration of historical structures, the closing of nearby streets and the...
Prosecutor in meningitis case: Pharmacist gambled with lives

Prosecutor in meningitis case: Pharmacist gambled with lives

BOSTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people knew mold and other bacteria were growing inside the filthy production rooms but chose to do nothing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Strachan told jurors Friday that New England Compounding Center supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin ignored warning signs that patients' safety...
Ahoy! 'Old Ironsides,' world's oldest warship, underway

Ahoy! 'Old Ironsides,' world's oldest warship, underway

BOSTON (AP) — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin in three years. Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden voyage. The world's oldest commissioned warship will fire a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort, and...
Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway. Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models...
Student, 2 others die in shooting near Colorado university

Student, 2 others die in shooting near Colorado university

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Three people, including a Colorado State University student, were killed and one person was wounded Thursday in a pre-dawn shooting outside an apartment complex about a mile (1.6 kilometers) west of the campus, police said. The shooting suspect was among those killed. A motive for the 2 a.m. shooting in Fort Collins wasn't known. University police alerted students...
The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed police officer

The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed police officer

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 9:45 p.m. An Alabama inmate who challenged the state's execution drug method has been put to death for killing police officer in 1997. Torrey Twane McNabb was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday. McNabb used his last statement to tell his mother and sister that he was unafraid and he cursed at the state...
Chicago-area man gets maximum 15-year term in terrorism case

Chicago-area man gets maximum 15-year term in terrorism case

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge scolded a former college student from suburban Chicago as he sentenced him to a maximum 15-year prison term Thursday for seeking to join terrorist-linked militants fighting Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, saying he would have given him even more time behind bars if statutes allowed it. The judge brushed aside arguments by Abdella Ahmad Tounisi's lawyers who said...
Los Angeles police open Weinstein sex assault investigation

Los Angeles police open Weinstein sex assault investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Los Angeles have launched an investigation of Harvey Weinstein involving a possible sexual assault in 2013, authorities said Thursday. Detectives have interviewed a possible victim who recently reported she was sexually assaulted by the film mogul, police spokesman Sal Ramirez said. He said he could not answer any questions about where the incident took place or...
Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million

Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The costs to repair the nation's tallest dam after a nearly catastrophic failure of the spillways will top $500 million, nearly double the original estimate of $275 million, a California Department of Water Resources official said Thursday. The $500 million figure reflects only the work by the main construction contractor, Kiewit Corp., to repair the spillways at the...
Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death Thursday night, but not before he cursed at the state and said: "I hate you." As the procedure began, Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, raised both of his middle fingers in a show of defiance. McNabb's attorneys had unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution since he is one of several...
Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A puppy lost its love for sniffing out bombs and the CIA lost a recruit. Lulu gained a family. Just a few weeks into her training, the doe-eyed black Labrador with flappy ears just wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors anymore, the agency said. Even food and play couldn't motivate her. Lulu sought a different future. She found one with a loving handler, who adopted...
White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters

White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Counter demonstrators greatly outnumbered white nationalist Richard Spencer's supporters on Thursday at the University of Florida, their chants drowning Spencer out during his speech. Outside, hundreds more people protested with signs and anti-Nazi chants alongside hundreds of police officers there to prevent violence. Anti-Spencer protesters shouted, "Not in our...
AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called three GOP incumbent senators to offer his support after they've come in the crosshairs of former White House adviser Steve Bannon's anti-establishment campaign. Trump made the calls on Wednesday to Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Deb Fischer of Nebraska, all of whom are running for re-election. The calls were...
Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury has been selected for the murder trial of a Mexican man whose case set off a national debate over U.S. sanctuary cities and immigration during last year's presidential campaign after he was accused of shooting and killing a woman on a popular San Francisco pier. Six women and six men were selected Wednesday for the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate after jury candidates...
Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart has spent billions buying up websites like Jet.com and ModCloth, and investing in new technology as it goes head-to-head with Amazon.com. Now, the world's largest retailer is setting its sights on virtual reality. Imagine this, says Katie Finnegan, who heads Walmart's tech incubator: You need a tent for your next camping trip. If all goes to plan, you could one day virtually swoop in to your...
Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over "Obamacare." For consumers, it offers a potential respite from the spiral of rising premiums and dwindling choice. The legislation from Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray...
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among...
Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down...
Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues. The conflict could complicate Democratic hopes of winning as many as nine congressional seats in the state, a cluster that would go a long way toward...
Vegas shooting survivors attend benefit concert

Vegas shooting survivors attend benefit concert

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting said they were ready for closure, though they confessed feeling engulfed by anxiety and security fears while gathering in a large group for the first time since the attack. Theresa Almada, 49, drove Thursday evening from San Diego back to Las Vegas to attend a country music concert benefiting victims of the deadliest mass shooting...
Senators push for more online transparency in elections

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter...
The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bipartisan health deal in the Senate (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. The measure has 24 sponsors, half Republicans and half Democrats. The two main authors hope that number will help persuade President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. "They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving" their objective of being able to strike the United States, Pompeo told a national security forum...
Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday forecast a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. A colder than normal winter is predicted for southern Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Tier states. Normal temperatures...
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington...
Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave himself a "10" on Thursday for his response to the widespread devastation Puerto Rico suffered after back-to-back hurricanes created a situation that the island's governor described as "catastrophic" as he met with Trump at the White House. More than 80 percent of households in Puerto Rico remain without electricity about a month...
CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil. Pompeo said for talks to move ahead, the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and that means making it no longer possible...
House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials' travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries. In letters sent this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee threatened to subpoena the Agriculture and Justice departments by the end of the month if officials fail to provide all the information...
California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continued assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people, a total that makes...
Ex-deputy who shot unarmed man released early from prison

Ex-deputy who shot unarmed man released early from prison

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white former Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2015 when he mistook his firearm for a stun gun was released from prison Thursday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence. Family members of the slain man, Eric Harris, said they hope Robert Bates' release will bring new attention to a federal civil rights lawsuit they filed alleging...
Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The hard-won conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's unarmed black boyfriend shows the difficulty prosecutors have in convincing jurors to put someone who carries a badge and a gun behind bars, legal experts said Thursday. A fourth jury convicted 57-year-old ex-Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler late Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter...
Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity. The comments, delivered at a New York City conference hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, amounted to an indirect critique from a former Republican president...
GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A senior Republican congressman from Ohio said Thursday that he will resign from his seat to take the helm of a business policy group back home. U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who has held the seat since 2001, said he plans to leave sometime before Jan. 31. His two-year term was set to end in January 2019. "Leaving Congress is not a decision I take lightly but after a lot of...
The Latest: Prosecutor grateful for ex-cop's conviction

The Latest: Prosecutor grateful for ex-cop's conviction

The Latest on the conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer in the fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend (all times local): 8:30 a.m. An Oklahoma prosecutor says he is not surprised or disappointed that a jury convicted a white former police officer of manslaughter instead of murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve...
Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

President Donald Trump is questioning what he says is a "fake" dossier of allegations about his connections to Russia. Here's his latest tweet: "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?" The political research firm behind the dossier balked this week at subpoenas from the House Intelligence...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...
The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code, cutting...
5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years.  Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after...
Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

A young socialite and television journalist whose father was a close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, declared her intention Wednesday to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for next March, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition.  The journalist, Ksenia A. Sobchak, 35, announced her presidential run in a video online on YouTube and also...
The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing...
Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  "It's against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an interview with Time magazine. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."  Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.  The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in...
Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Enraged and rattled by the political brawl over military mourning, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly returned this week to the one place he could go clear his head — Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, some of the saddest ground in America. There, amid the memorials to the recent war dead is Grave 9480, the final resting place of Kelly's son, Robert, a Marine...
Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the latest example, and it's left Republicans and Democrats scratching their heads. "The president has had six positions on our bill,"...
Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential...
Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

President Donald Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency, he has had more judges confirmed than President Barack Obama did in the same time period, and his numbers aren't far off those of other recent presidents. Trump counts the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as one of his signature achievements. But on Monday he charged...
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