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High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees Lunch

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, SANDY COHEN and LINDSEY BAHR, AP Entertainment Writers BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars — artists from every aspect of filmmaking — for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom. With little on ...

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina. But they already know what could have prevented ...

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at ...

Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl

By DAVE ZEITLIN, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory set off a celebration that has been 58 years in the making. Just as Nick Foles and the Eagles clinched a surprising 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis for the team's ...

Era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is making a comeback

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. Talks on a budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping increases to both the ...

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and ...

Ram truck ad using MLK speech draws backlash

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash. The ad shows people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King's speech, which urges people to be "great" by serving the greater good rather ...

Reaction to Trump’s immigration offer casts doubt on a deal

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's State of the Union offer of a "down-the-middle compromise" on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with ...

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

By CHAD DAY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald ...

Trump infrastructure plan seeks to shift burden to states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address, he didn't pledge that the federal government actually would provide that much money for roads, bridges, rail and ...

Rose McGowan to Harvey Weinstein: There was no consent

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rose McGowan says it's time for Harvey Weinstein to drop his story about a "consensual" relationship. "He can fall off the planet," the activist said during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. "My statement is truth. My ...

Michigan police department to apologize regarding Nassar

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A police department in the Lansing, Michigan, area missed an opportunity to pursue criminal charges in 2004 against Larry Nassar and will publicly apologize to the victim who accused the doctor of molesting her during treatment for an abnormal ...

In State of Union, Trump to make his case on economy

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to move past the shadow of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump intends to use his first State of the Union address to cite economic progress under his watch while pushing for bipartisanship with Democrats on issues such ...

Bruno Mars crashes rap’s big party at the Grammys

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music's showcase event — until Bruno Mars crashed the party. The song-and-dance man from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the ...

GOP senators call on Trump to show restraint in Russia probe

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign's contacts with Russia in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special ...

Hillary Clinton appearance among Grammys political moments

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — One-time Grammy winner Hillary Clinton made it back to the awards show Sunday night in a role she no doubt relished. She was a surprise guest in a skit by host James Corden, supposedly auditioning for the spoken word recording of Michael ...

Kochs warm to Trump policies, not behavior

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn't what he's doing. It's how he's doing it. Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement's ...

Amid turmoil, Trump seeking a reset with State of the Union

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beset by poor poll numbers and the grind of the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump will look to reset his term with his first State of the Union address, arguing that his tax cut and economic policies will ...

‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94

By LYNN ELBER, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private "Beetle Bailey," died Saturday. He was 94. Walker died at his home in ...

Battered but still loyal to Trump, Sessions endures as AG

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump. Trump had browbeaten his attorney general for months after Sessions' decision to step aside from the ...