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Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother

Fort Worth gang member to die for killing girl, grandmother

Attorneys for a Texas inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution for the shooting deaths of a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother during a birthday party 10 years ago outside a Fort Worth apartment. Former Fort Worth street gang member Erick Davila is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening. Lawyers for the 31-year-old Davila argue it's improper for the elected Tarrant County...
First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery's Cezannes

First ladies Trump, Macron tour National Gallery's Cezannes

Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron have ditched the White House for the nearby National Gallery of Art to see the works of Paul Cezanne. Wearing white suits and high heels, the first ladies of the United States and France toured an exhibit of about 60 works by the French post-impressionist painter. They paused near a portrait of Cézanne's father reading a newspaper. Mary Morton, the musem's...
Trump: North Korea wants meeting 'as soon as possible'

Trump: North Korea wants meeting 'as soon as possible'

President Donald Trump says North Korea wants to hold a high-stakes meeting "as soon as possible" and he is praising Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "very honorable." Trump is addressing his upcoming plans to meet with the North Korean leader during his discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump's praise for the North Korean dictator stands...
Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests. The small, preliminary study isn't proof the drug works and it found only a small benefit: Treated children with the disease progeria were more likely than others to survive during the two-year study. But some kids...
AP-NORC Poll: For many online Americans, Facebook is a habit

AP-NORC Poll: For many online Americans, Facebook is a habit

Social media is a daily way of life for many Americans. Nearly half of Americans who use the internet say they use Facebook at least several times a day, making it easily the most popular social media site. And Facebook-owned Instagram comes in No. 2. So whether you're reaching for your phone before getting out of bed in the morning, or logging on to procrastinate during work, chances are you see...
Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines. As the investigation into last week's deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company's low-cost business model — which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs...
The Latest: Senators: 'Serious' charges made against Jackson

The Latest: Senators: 'Serious' charges made against Jackson

The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The leaders of a Senate panel say the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary, is being postponed indefinitely. Sen. Johnny Isakson, the Republican chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jon...
The Latest: Trump warns Iran against restarting nuke program

The Latest: Trump warns Iran against restarting nuke program

The Latest on the White House visit of French President Emmanuel Macron (all times local): 10:40 a.m. President Donald Trump is warning that if Iran restarts its nuclear program it "will have bigger problems than they have ever had before." Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will be discussing the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday during their meetings at the White House. Macron wants Trump...
The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille

The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille

The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Bill Cosby has arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial, accompanied for the first time by his wife of 54 years. The 80-year-old and his wife, Camille, didn't talk to reporters as they entered the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, where closing arguments and deliberations are expected Tuesday. The comedian...
Police wrestle black woman, expose her breasts at Alabama Waffle House, video shows

Police wrestle black woman, expose her breasts at Alabama Waffle House, video shows

A graphic video showing police officers wrestling a black 25-year-old Alabama woman before arresting her inside a Waffle House restaurant Sunday is making the rounds on social media, sparking outrage across the country. » RELATED: Waffle House shooting suspect’s weapons were seized last year after his arrest at White House Chikesia Clemons was arrested around 2:45 a.m. on...
AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of online adults who've heard of the scandal — revelations that a data mining firm may have accessed the private information of some 87 million Facebook users to influence...
In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

The Supreme Court's final oral argument of the term will be one of its most important and potentially far-reaching, an examination of the president's authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry.  But, similar to a debate that has consumed Washington, D.C., for the past 15 months, a major issue for the court is separating "the president" from "this...
Amazon now offers in-car package delivery

Amazon now offers in-car package delivery

Can’t wait until you get home to open that package you ordered? You’re in luck: Amazon announced Tuesday that it is now offering in-car package delivery.  >> Read more trending news 
Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Since he entered office last year, there has been persistent talk of President Donald Trump visiting Britain. The United Kingdom is one of the United States' strongest allies, and a trip to London is often on the schedule for any president. Like many of his predecessors, Trump has familial ties to Britain: His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.  But as his...
“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

Don Blankenship likes to believe he knows something about rough justice and who deserves it.  “We don’t need to investigate our president. We need to arrest Hillary,” one of his campaign ads proclaims, mimicking President Donald Trump’s crude 2016 rallying cry, “Lock her up!”  Blankenship, who has a respectable chance of winning the Republican nomination...
In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

As outgoing Cuban president Raúl Castro tells it, even too many of the radio and television newscasters in Cuba are white.  It “was not easy” getting the few black broadcasters now on the air hired, Castro said in his retirement speech Thursday, a remarkable admission considering the state controls all the stations.  So it was all the more extraordinary to see last week...
China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepares for his meetings with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, China has found itself in an unaccustomed place: watching from the sidelines.  Worse, many Chinese analysts say, North Korea could pursue a grand bargain designed not only to bring the isolated nation closer to its two former Korean War opponents, but also diminish its reliance...
A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

Rapper Kanye West returned to Twitter last week, announcing that he was writing a philosophy book and that we were all already reading that book, because the book was just his tweets. But one Saturday morning tweet was a bit different, because West was endorsing thoughts from a mind that was not his own:  "I love the way Candace Owens thinks" — April 21, 2018  Those familiar...
For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact. So please don't make credible violent threats or revel in sexual violence; promote terrorism or the poaching of endangered...
Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., offered faint praise on Sunday for the Republican likely to win the nomination to replace him, telling interviewers on two Sunday talk shows that his party was making trouble by questioning his loyalty.  "It's the most ridiculous thing I've seen politically in recent times, but apparently they want you to ask me about the Tennessee race," Corker said...
Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Hip-hop artist Kanye West was criticized by the left for his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race. But anyone who thought that would lead him to walk away from conservative ideas found out recently that he instead may be doubling down.  Less than a week after returning to Twitter, following a nearly year-long break, the rapper who once claimed that then-President George W...
Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications used to treat opioid addiction. It eases cravings without an intense high, allowing patients to work with counselors...
Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. The hearing for Ronny Jackson, Trump's White House doctor and a Navy rear admiral, was scheduled for Wednesday. "Some Republican colleagues have told me that they...
Calif. Democrats vying for US House may crowd each other out

Calif. Democrats vying for US House may crowd each other out

Fresh-faced Democrats are packing U.S. House races nationwide, inspired to run in the Trump era with hopes of seizing long-held Republican seats in a much-anticipated "blue wave." But in California, Democrats will find out in June if all that enthusiasm has a downside. With an open primary that sends the two highest vote-getters to the November general election regardless of affiliation...
George H.W. Bush: 9 things to know about the 41st president of the United States

George H.W. Bush: 9 things to know about the 41st president of the United States

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Houston after an infection spread to his blood, just days after the death of his wife, Barbara. "He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted Monday. Here are nine things you should know about Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from 1989...
Prosecutors mull retrial for Border Patrol agent

Prosecutors mull retrial for Border Patrol agent

Prosecutors are evaluating whether to pursue a retrial for a U.S. Border Patrol agent on manslaughter charges after an Arizona jury deadlocked on the lesser counts. A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of Agent Lonnie Swartz after Tucson jurors acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the 2012 shooting death of a teenager from Mexico. The decision means prosecutors could seek another...
Newcomer hopes for upset in race for Arizona's US House seat

Newcomer hopes for upset in race for Arizona's US House seat

A Democratic newcomer is looking to pull off an upset victory for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona that has been held by Republicans since the early 1980s. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and a cancer research advocate, is hoping to replicate Democratic wins in Pennsylvania, Alabama and other states in a year where opposition to President Donald Trump's policies have boosted the party's...
Senators delay VA confirmation hearing amid new allegations

Senators delay VA confirmation hearing amid new allegations

Senate leaders have delayed indefinitely the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary because of what they say are "serious allegations" made against the White House doctor and Navy rear admiral. The hearing for Ronny Jackson had been set for Wednesday at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "We take very seriously our constitutional...
Commission investigates Florida high school massacre

Commission investigates Florida high school massacre

The chairman of a commission examining the Florida high school massacre told his members Tuesday that they need to push aside ideology and base their final report solely on whatever facts they uncover. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the 16 commission members as they began their first meeting that their goal should be to prevent any more mass shootings like the one Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman...
Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country's image. As questions swirled about the glossy magazine's origins, the Saudis said they were just as perplexed as everyone else, declaring on Twitter: "If you find...
Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

Trump's tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home. The Commerce Department has received more than 2,400 applications from companies seeking waivers from the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which may result in duty payments of millions...
Trump warns Iran against restarting nuclear program

Trump warns Iran against restarting nuclear program

Weighing withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that if the Iranians "restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they've ever had before." Trump issued his warning alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office, where the two allies were to discuss the multinational nuclear accord, the war in Syria and other...
Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, has maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach for decades after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s. Letters obtained by The Associated Press from advocates for the accusers reveal the school has been under...
After close vote, panel sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

After close vote, panel sends Pompeo nomination to Senate

Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to lead the CIA and Veterans Affairs are hitting stiff resistance. Pompeo, who's now CIA director, received the panel's approval only after Trump's last-minute overtures...
Spokesman: George HW Bush is eager to get well, go to Maine

Spokesman: George HW Bush is eager to get well, go to Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said. Jim McGrath said Monday on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering." He was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood, McGrath said...
Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark

Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist's mark

Accompanied for the first time by his wife of more than 50 years, Bill Cosby walked into a courthouse Tuesday morning ahead of closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial. Camille Cosby had been absent from the courtroom as prosecutors called a series of women to the stand who testified her husband drugged and sexually assaulted them, but she was by his side Tuesday for the trial's conclusion...
Former Christie allies to argue for bridge case reversals

Former Christie allies to argue for bridge case reversals

The traffic scandal that dragged down former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential aspirations will write another chapter on Tuesday as two former associates facing prison for their roles seek to convince a federal appeals court their convictions should be overturned. Attorneys for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly are expected to argue in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecutors...
Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

After telling the judge Monday morning that they were stuck and couldn't reach a verdict, jurors deliberated a few more hours before deciding that a well-connected Atlanta attorney intentionally shot his wife, causing her death. Jurors found 75-year-old Claud "Tex" McIver guilty of felony murder and three other charges in the September 2016 death of his 64-year-old wife Diane. The white-haired...
Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack

Mental health and guns an issue after Waffle House attack

Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant. Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located. Sure enough, the car was recovered the same day, outside Reinking's apartment...
Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

Prince's heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide Prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, alleges a doctor and pharmacist at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Illinois, failed...
Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

Lawyers for the family of an unarmed black man killed by police in a busy Southern California parking lot said Monday that an autopsy found he was shot 10 times and died from choking on his own blood as police delayed getting him medical help. The autopsy concluded that 26-year-old Diante Yarber died of asphyxiation and that had he been given medical treatment, he would have had a chance at surviving...
Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

Funeral held for pro wrestling great Bruno Sammartino

Former professional wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino has been laid to rest in Pennsylvania, where he was remembered as one of the sport's good guys. Sammartino fled the Nazis from Italy as a child and built a career beating a string of bad guys in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the World Wide Wrestling Federation champion for more than 11 years over two title runs. He was inducted into the WWE Hall...
Stephon Clark's brother charged with misdemeanor assault

Stephon Clark's brother charged with misdemeanor assault

California prosecutors on Monday charged the brother of an unarmed black man who was recently shot to death by Sacramento police with misdemeanor assault and vandalism. The charges, which also include making criminal threats and abusing a 911 line, stem from Stevante Clark's dispute with his landlords. The Sacramento County district attorney's office filed them as misdemeanors, which can bring less...
Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after an Arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter. The decision by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins means prosecutors could seek another trial for Agent Lonnie Swartz on the manslaughter charges in the 2012 death of Jose Antonio...
Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

Oregon knew of abuse case against family that went off cliff

Oregon child welfare officials knew the family in an SUV that plunged off a California cliff had faced a child abuse investigation in another state when it looked into allegations in 2013, according to documents released Monday. Oregon Child Protective Services obtained records from Minnesota prior to investigating Jennifer and Sarah Hart in July 2013, KOIN-TV in Portland reported Monday. But the...
Officials vow to improve 911 center after teen dies in van

Officials vow to improve 911 center after teen dies in van

Cincinnati officials plan to make changes to improve operations at the city's emergency call center, which is under scrutiny after the failed response to a teen who was trapped in a vehicle and died after twice calling 911. Mayor John Cranley, council members and other city officials were touring the center Monday. They say they plan to increase staffing and improve technology and working conditions...
World War II Navajo Code Talker dies at 92

World War II Navajo Code Talker dies at 92

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92. Hawthorne enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 and became part of a famed group of Navajos who transmitted hundreds of messages in their language without error. The code was never broken. Hawthorne was one of the most visible survivors...
Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday. Jim McGrath said on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering." He was admitted Sunday morning to Houston Methodist Hospital after an infection spread to his blood, McGrath said...
Effort in Oregon county would ban enforcing gun control laws

Effort in Oregon county would ban enforcing gun control laws

Some residents of an Oregon county are asking voters to support a proposed ballot measure that would bar local officials from enforcing any gun control law and uphold gun rights outlined in the Constitution. The proposed Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance was filed with the Deschutes County clerk last week. It would empower the county sheriff to review federal, state and local laws and determine...
Arizona governor pushes for teacher pay deal as strike looms

Arizona governor pushes for teacher pay deal as strike looms

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pushed lawmakers Monday to approve big teacher raises as school districts make plans to close if educators who call his proposal insufficient launch the first-ever statewide strike this week. The Republican governor has stuck to his plan to increase teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 after educators voted to walk off the job Thursday because it didn't include an overall boost in...
Democrat looks for upset in strong GOP district in Arizona

Democrat looks for upset in strong GOP district in Arizona

In a district Donald Trump won by 21 points in 2016, a Democratic newcomer is trying to pull off an upset victory for an open U.S. House seat in Arizona that has been held by Republicans since the early 1980s. Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room physician and a cancer research advocate, is hoping to replicate Democratic wins in Pennsylvania, Alabama and other states in a year where opposition to the...
Veteran receives penis, scrotum transplant in surgery doctors hail as a medical first

Veteran receives penis, scrotum transplant in surgery doctors hail as a medical first

An Afghanistan war veteran who had his genitals blown off by a roadside bomb is the recipient of a donated penis and scrotum that doctors hope will restore his ability to function normally, after a 14-hour surgery that doctors hailed as a medical first. The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy-related reasons, received the tissue transplant from a team of 11 doctors - nine plastic surgeons...
Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

Travis Reinking exhibited multiple warning signs that he was mentally unstable: He talked openly about delusions that he was being stalked by Taylor Swift. He insisted unknown people were making barking noises outside his home. He even went to the White House on a mission to talk to the president. Reinking's behavior resulted in the revocation of his Illinois firearms license, and his weapons were...
After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered "extreme" from southern California to central Kansas. Conditions are even worse in the Four Corners region...
Officials: Stolen California succulents, smuggled to Asia

Officials: Stolen California succulents, smuggled to Asia

State wildlife officials say they have uncovered an international scheme in which thieves from Korea and China slip into wild landscapes in Northern California to pluck succulents to sell on the thriving black market in Asia. The succulents, called Dudleya farinosa, fetch up to $50 each in Asia, where a growing middle class is fueling demand, reported the Mercury News in San Jose, California. Since...
Jury: Atlanta attorney who shot wife guilty of murder

Jury: Atlanta attorney who shot wife guilty of murder

After telling the judge Monday morning that they were stuck and couldn't reach a verdict, jurors deliberated a few more hours before deciding that a well-connected Atlanta attorney intentionally shot his wife, causing her death. Jurors found 75-year-old Claud "Tex" McIver guilty of felony murder and three other charges in the September 2016 death of his 64-year-old wife Diane. The white-haired...
New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space. Immediately after being sworn into office Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took a call from the three U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station who offered "hearty congratulations." The Oklahoma congressman became the 13th administrator of NASA, filling a position that had been vacant for...
CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., 66, has long career as a top HIV researcher, but he had no experience working in public health or managing a public health agency. The U.S. government is paying him $375,000 a year to run the Atlanta-based...
The Latest: Trump, Macron return to White House after dinner

The Latest: Trump, Macron return to White House after dinner

The Latest on the state visit by President Emmanuel Macron of France (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are returning to the White House following dinner at George Washington's house. The dinner Monday night at Mount Vernon in Virginia opened the first U.S. state visit of the Trump administration. The leaders were joined by their wives, Melania...
US won't ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nukes

US won't ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nukes

The White House said Monday North Korea won't get sanctions relief until it takes "concrete action" toward denuclearization, the goal of President Donald Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' comments appeared to leave open the possibility of easing the U.S.-led "maximum pressure" campaign before North Korea had completely given up its...
Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid aside the stress of one part of his job Monday to put himself in a different kind of pressure cooker: an argument at the Supreme Court. Dressed in a traditional morning coat and striped pants, with the added flash of a pair of presidential cufflinks, Rosenstein represented the Trump administration in a case about a prison sentence for a convicted drug dealer...
Lawmakers: EPA analysis said Pruitt bug sweep was inadequate

Lawmakers: EPA analysis said Pruitt bug sweep was inadequate

Internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency say a sweep for hidden listening devices requested by Administrator Scott Pruitt for his office was conducted with shoddy methods and didn't meet U.S. government standards. The records obtained by congressional Democrats were described in a letter Monday to the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee investigating ethical issues...
The Latest: Official: Father could face charges over guns

The Latest: Official: Father could face charges over guns

The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A federal official says the father of the man suspected of fatally shooting four at a Nashville Waffle House could face charges for returning guns that were taken from him after an incident last year at the White House. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Marcus Watson said...
Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Authorities on Monday afternoon arrested a man suspected of stripping at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday before opening fire on customers and employees, killing four people. Nashville police confirmed that authorities arrested suspected shooter Travis Reinking, 29, on Monday afternoon. He was earlier identified as the man suspected of killing Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez...
Court sides with human in copyright fight over monkey selfie

Court sides with human in copyright fight over monkey selfie

A U.S. appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits that seek to give animals the rights to photographs or other original work, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Copyright infringement can only be claimed on behalf of humans, the...
Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his "Buckets of Money" strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him. The case involves the Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative law judges, who conduct hearings on alleged securities law violations and issue initial decisions. The...
No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron opened the French president's visit Monday with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington's house. The presidents and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington's historic riverside home, for a private dinner one night before the leaders sit down for...
Minnesota woman suspected in 2 killings waives extradition

Minnesota woman suspected in 2 killings waives extradition

It will be first come, first served for two states wanting to take custody of a Minnesota woman who is suspected in two killings, a Texas judge ruled Monday. Lois Riess waived extradition before the judge in Brownsville, Texas. The 56-year-old fugitive was the subject of a national hunt after her husband, David Riess, 54, was found fatally shot last month at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota...
Clinton: Free press is under 'open assault' in Trump era

Clinton: Free press is under 'open assault' in Trump era

Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are "under open assault" in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. "We are living through an all-out war on truth, facts and reason," Clinton said at the PEN America World Voices Festival, in Manhattan...
Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned. A former technology employee of the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said he told the Ohio Department...
The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

The Latest: Panel approves Pompeo for secretary of state

The Latest on the nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a favorable recommendation, narrowly avoiding a rare rebuke as his confirmation heads to the full Senate. Democrats put up stiff resistance and voted against Pompeo, who is now the...
The Latest: Defense rests; Cosby doesn't testify

The Latest: Defense rests; Cosby doesn't testify

The Latest on Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Bill Cosby's lawyers have rested their case at his sexual assault retrial. The 80-year-old comedian did not take the stand in his own defense. He didn't testify at his first trial, either. That one ended in a hung jury last year. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday. Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman...
Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They'll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker says it will teach the interns how to ride...
AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise. The findings of the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research come amid recent teacher strikes and other protests over low pay, tough classroom conditions and the amount of money allocated to public schools in several Republican-led...
Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Ahead of his state visit to Washington this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has attracted international praise for being the only European — perhaps even the only Western — head of state willing to confront head-on the rise of anti-democratic regimes.  "I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past," Macron said Tuesday in...
Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

If a person is convicted of first-degree murder in the state of Vermont, he or she will retain the right to vote — even while incarcerated. But a person who commits perjury in Mississippi could be permanently barred from casting a ballot there.  It is up to states — not the federal government — to say whether felons can vote, and which ones, and when. So the rules for convicted...
“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.  But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists...
China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

If China calls for a boycott of U.S. goods, Chinese workers like David Xu could be in trouble.  Xu is one of thousands of residents of this port town who cash paychecks from U.S. companies. He works as a technician at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing and distribution center here, one of the company’s biggest in China. Across town, Nike has opened a huge distribution center, its largest...
Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

In its 110 years, the FBI has weathered storm and scandal. It has had moments that make Americans proud of its crime-fighting and anti-terrorist activities. Yet its most celebrated and longest-serving leader, J. Edgar Hoover, for whom the imposing headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue is named, is remembered in large part for the many abuses of power that took place during his long reign. ...
The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.  But when Trump built his West...
Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.  As Democrats try to regain control of Congress in the November elections and make gains in state races, some party strategists are wagering that being firmly on the side of easing marijuana laws will help...
A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

He has a reputation as a principled lawyer. He has worked for both Republican and Democratic attorneys general. He has a jugular instinct in courtroom battles but a distaste for political ones.  Now Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is confronting the political fight of his career. Amid sustained criticism by President Donald Trump and rumors that he will be fired, Rosenstein is...
Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now seeking a Senate seat from Utah, was dealt a setback Saturday after his party's delegates denied him their nomination, forcing him into a June 26 primary.  Romney, who bid for the seat was endorsed by President Donald Trump and retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came in second place after a lengthy and contentious party convention in Utah's...
Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on. According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to...
The biggest stories in American politics last week

The biggest stories in American politics last week

James Comey’s memos were released, and the war of words between former FBI officials and the president continued.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey’s redacted, declassified memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump were released late Thursday after the Justice Department sent them to Congress.  The memos offer an intimate look at the interactions between officials...
Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Mitt Romney seemed to be on a smooth path to Utah's U.S. Senate seat, with the backing of President Donald Trump, the blessing of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R, and a popularity unique to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Until Saturday.  Delegates at the GOP's state convention denied Romney their nomination as Mike Kennedy, a three-term state representative who entered the race...
Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress. Tax cuts are now signed into law. A conservative judge is seated on the Supreme Court. And many governmental regulations, including those on labor and environmental practices, are facing rollbacks. That success is starting to...
New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 souls who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950. Each pillar is 6 feet (2 meters) tall, the height of a person, and made of steel that weathers to different shades of brown. Viewers enter at eye level...
In Denver, trying to put a price on the value of a newspaper

In Denver, trying to put a price on the value of a newspaper

Across the street from the Colorado Capitol rises an 11-story building emblazoned with The Denver Post's logo. No reporters work out of the building any more, only executives of Digital First Media, whose cuts at the Post triggered an unusual plea from the paper's own editorial page to be sold to another owner. Five hundred miles to the west, the Salt Lake Tribune newsroom takes up one floor of the...
Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt

The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said. Police and federal agents had mounted a massive manhunt in Nashville for 29-year-old Travis Reinking after the Sunday morning attack, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket opened...
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