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Kelly kept tragedy out of politics, but Trump brought it up

By LAURIE KELLMAN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's known as some of the saddest ground in America, a 14-acre plot of Arlington National Cemetery called Section 60 where many U.S. personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred. On Memorial Day this year, ...

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press 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 ...

Trump’s health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press 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 ...

Prosecutor grateful for verdict in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor says he isn't surprised or disappointed that a jury convicted a white former police officer of manslaughter instead of murder in his fourth trial for killing his daughter's black boyfriend. Tulsa County ...

Widow of workplace shooting victim says he feared co-worker

By JULIET LINDERMAN and MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The widow of a man killed in a workplace shooting in Maryland said Thursday that her husband was so concerned about the gunman's explosive temper that he brought it up in church prayer sessions. Bayarsaikhan ...

Judge: Newest travel ban ‘same maladies’ as previous version

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. The revised order "suffers ...

Trump’s lawyers to ask for dismissal of lawsuit

By JAKE PEARSON and TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump are asking a federal judge to toss a civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept money from foreign governments. In a court hearing in ...

Amazon has brought benefits – and disruption – to Seattle

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. For years, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower ...

Baltimore workers remove “fatberg” of grease from sewer pipe

BALTIMORE (AP) — A "fatberg" that may have taken beyond half a century to grow below Baltimore has been removed. News outlets report the city's Public Works department used a camera, pressure washer and truck-mounted industrial vacuum to clear the mass of curdled grease, wet wipes and other ...

Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month. ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced the honor Wednesday. It's the first time the AMAs have given out the award ...

Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life. Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five ...

Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY CHEA, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional ...

Look who’s talking: It’s President Donald Trump – again

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to ...

Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well. The indictment Monday includes capital murder and ...

Sheriff: 2 deputies ousted over drug court sex scandal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says two of his deputies were forced to leave their jobs after an investigation found they were preying on women in drug court programs. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday that 50-year-old Bryan Scott Barnett and 47-year-old Jay ...

Penn State fraternity faces underage drinking charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing charges after allegedly serving the alcohol at a Sept. 28 fraternity ...

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal ...

Trump and McConnell set for frosty White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set for an interesting meeting at the White House on Monday. Trump blames the Kentucky Republican for the health overhaul failure. Trump hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats and watches his former ...

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and ...

Tillerson ‘not playing’ when pressed on ‘moron’ remark

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that persistent tensions with President Donald Trump were not hindering his mission as the nation's top diplomat, all while ducking, dancing and sidestepping the question of ...