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Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from ...

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm? In two big ways, Republicans ...

Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to ...

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major ...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very ...

Fired Tillerson says farewell to ‘a very mean-spirited town’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention ...

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, ...

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding ...

Police: Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite video

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive ...

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more ...

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million ...

Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a series of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin over the past few weeks blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him. Authorities warned of concern that more explosives might still be out ...

Officer’s response praised as school shooting ends quickly

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — In the latest school shooting in America, the gunfire was over and done with in less than a minute. This time, the shooter, a 17-year-old student, was killed. Authorities said a 16-year-old girl who had some ...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides ...

Researcher captures striking Antarctic video of minke whale

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Marine mammal expert Dr. Regina Eisert thought minke whales were a little boring until she captured some striking footage of one swimming underwater near Antarctica. Now she thinks they're beautiful. Eisert said the whales look ...

Bridge collapse: Out on errands, killed in an instant

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, JENNIFER KAY and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — They had just finished up lunch, and set off to run a humdrum errand: a drive to the travel agency to pick up airline tickets for their annual visit to their beloved homeland, Cuba. Osvaldo Gonzalez and ...

Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon. A commitment under the law ...

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday took out his frustrations over the intensifying Russia investigation by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he ...

Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls. They have good ...

Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. Administration officials say Trump also wants ...